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Michael J. Fox’s NBC Comedy Releases First Details, Casts ‘The Wire’ Star

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A few months ago the TV landscape erupted in a cavalcade of cheers with the news that one-time ‘Family Ties’ and ‘Back to the Future‘ star Michael J. Fox would return to TV full-time with a brand-new sitcom. Not only that, but the buzz-worthy one-camera effort would also loosely chronicle Fox’s own struggles with Parkinson’s, but who exactly will the celebrated actor play when the series debuts in fall 2013? And what does ‘The Wire’ and ‘Treme‘ star Wendell Pierce have to do with it?

Aww, sheet. As NBC’s as-yet-untitled Michael J. Fox comedy series comes closer to production for a fall 2013 air-date, The Hollywood Reporter caught wind of its first major casting from that of ‘The Wire’ and ‘Treme’ star Wendell Pierce.

Fox himself will play former New York City news lead anchor Mike Burnaby, who decides to return to work after Parkinson’s forced him to take time off. Pierce will play Harris Green, Mike’s close friend and old boss at the news, described as “perennially single” and proud that he’s avoided settling down. Says the Reporter, “He’s got a good heart underneath his ratings-concerned, status-driven exterior who would rather be enjoying an outdoor hobby than doing anything else.”

Fox’s untitled project is a collaboration with ‘Easy A’ director director Will Gluck and writer Sam Laybourne (‘Cougar Town,’ ‘Arrested Development‘), of which NBC has ordered 22 episodes. Will you tune in, now that the cast has begun shaking out?

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