Four-time Emmy winner Michael J. Fox is getting ready to come home to TV, this time to write and executive produce a family comedy pilot for ABC, according to both Variety and the Hollywood Reporter. The show is to be produced by Touchstone Television and DreamWorks TV, which also did “Spin City,” on which he starred from 1996 to 2000. In a statement to the trade papers, ABC Entertainment president Susan Lyne said: “Michael has proven to be as skilled a writer as he is an actor, and that’s saying quite a lot. ABC has been part of Michael’s past with ‘Spin City,’ so we couldn’t be more thrilled at the possibility of also being part of his future with this new comedy project.” No word on whether or not the star, 41, will also appear in front of the cameras. The new show, as yet untitled, is based on an idea of Fox’s and reportedly centers around a larger-than-life pro hockey player who retires and finds himself spending a lot of time at home with his family. As the Reporter notes, Fox, who recently published a best-selling memoir called “Lucky Man,” has been spending a lot of time with his wife and four kids after leaving “Spin City” because of his battle with Parkinson’s disease.
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