While he's been an almost constant presence on our screens in shows such as Boston Legal, The Good Wife and even Curb Your Enthusiasm, it's been over a decade since Michael J.Fox has had a series of his own on our screens.
It was in 2001 that he bowed out as Mike Flaherty in Spin City, and for many sitcom fans he will forever be the fresh-faced teenager Alex P Keaton in Family Ties or Marty McFly in the Back to the Future trilogy.
But now the 51-year-old is back where he belongs at the heart of a new family comedy, that's currently filming in New York.
The untitled single-camera comedy created by Sam Laybourne of Cougar Town and Will Gluck already has a 22-episode series order for autumn. The show is loosely based on Fox’s real life with him playing Mike Burnaby, a husband and father of three in New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges, like Parkinson’s Disease.
The Michael J. Fox Project: The legendary actor was back where he belongs on the set of his new NBC show in New York on Wednesday
Breaking Bad’s Betsy Brandt has signed on to play his wife and Katie Finneran will play his sister in the series.
Firm favourite: Fox has never falleb out of favour with fans
Action shot: Fox plays a reporter in the new comedy, which is loosely based on his own life
The show has been signed up for a full series by television network NBC after it won a hotly contested bidding war.
In the thick of it: Fox has kept his hand in the acting game and has made many successful appearances in shows but never a lead
It is a pleasing piece of coincidental synchronicity for the 51-year-old , as it mean his first full-time starring role since leaving Spin CIty will be on the same channel he made his breakthrough.
NBC chairman Bob Greenblatt told Deadline: 'From the moment we met with Michael to hear his unique point of view about this new show, we were completely captivated and on board.
'He is utterly relatable, optimistic, and in a class by himself, and I have no doubt that the character he will create – and the vivid family characters surrounding him – will be both instantly recognizable and hilarious.'
All four major broadcast networks were eager to take the show, but NBC won out after offering an on-air full-season deal, something that seemed long gone on television.
It has been more than a decade since he was forced to take early retirement following his diagnosis with Parkinson's disease.
Making headlines: Michael plays a reporter for NBC in this NBC show
However he revealed in May that a new drug regimen has helped him control the tics that are a result of the disease and allowed him to take on more acting roles.
The show will be a glossy single-camera sitcom in the vain of shows such as Ally McBeal and Entourage.
Michael's character will be a busy husband and father of three in New York City juggling his family, career, his health and other challenges.
Big star: He may be 5ft4 inches tall but Fox's stature in the showbiz community is still huge
It is very much a case of art imitating life, as he has four children with his wife of 24 years Tracy Pollan.
Being Michael: In the show, the Back to the Future star deals with juggling a busy life, a career and suffering with Parkinson's disease
Filming is set to begin later in the year, with Friends With Benefits director Gluck helming the pilot, which will be written by Laybourne.
Michael is still a massive star, with his final episode on Spin City remaining one of the most watched series telecast of the past two decades.
Bidding war: The star's new show was at the centre of frantic bids from all networks but NBC won
He has been tiptoeing back into the world of comedy, and earned an Emmy nomination after guest starring on the last season of Curb Your Enthusiasm, earning an Emmy nomination.
Family Ties: Michael is a busy father of four and been married for 24 years
His new show was developed by Sony Pictures Television
The actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991, left Spin City in 2001 and said he intended to focus on helping find a cure for the disease.
He started a foundation, which bears his name, to fund research toward that goal.
Popular: Fox's last show was Spin City, which was still a massive hit when it bowed out
Fresh-faced: Fox with the cast of Family Ties
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