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Michael J. Fox is returning to TV in an original comedy series based on his life, which includes his battle with Parkinson's disease. Fox has never truly left the small screen, with guest appearances on hit shows, but this time he will be the star of his own life and series.
News of Fox' s plan has generated a great deal of buzz among major networks eager to bring the start to their channel. Fox has had an incredible career, starting with his portrayal of Alex P. Keaton on "Family Ties." He later appeared on "Spin City," and the series did well but lacked high ratings.
In 1991, Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, a debilitating disease that targets the nervous system and can affect motor skills, cognitive and behavioral skills and can possibly cause dementia. Fox currently suffers from tics and has a slow-moving gait visible to anyone who has seen him on "The Good Wife," "Rescue Me," or "Curb Your Enthusiasm."
After receiving the diagnosis, Fox started the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which focuses on research to find a cure for Parkinson's. So far, over $297 million has been raised for research, and 51 clinical trials have been supported by the foundation. The organization holds annual fundraisers and helps to spread awareness of the disease.
Fox is also the author of three books, "Lucky Man: A Memoir"; "Always Looking UP: The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist"; and "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Future: Twists and Turns and Lessons Learned."
He has been married to actress Tracy Pollan, whom he met while working on "Family Ties" since 1988. The couple has four children: Sam Michael, Aquinnah Kathleen and Schuyler Frances, and Esme Annabelle.
His upcoming series is scheduled to debut sometime in 2013.