For the first time since leaving the successful series "Spin City" in 2000, Michael J. Fox will once again return to television in a headlining role. 


According to Vulture, sources from within Sony Pictures have revealed that Fox will star in a comedy in development for a 2013 launch. While plot details are thin, the series will reportedly be inspired by the actor's own life. Director Will Gluck ("Easy A") and writer Sam Laybourne ("Cougar Town," "Arrested Development") are attached as the additional main players. Sources added to Vulture that there's massive interest from the major networks.


The 51-year-old actor disclosed in 1998 that he was suffering from Parkinson's disease, a debilitating disorder of the central nervous system. Due to the effects of the disease, Fox decreased his involvement in the entertainment industry, shifting to spending more time with his family and focusing on funding research for a cure through his Michael J. Fox Foundation. 


Since 2000, the foundation has raised more than $297 million and become the largest private funder of Parkinson's disease research in the world.


Fox's ability to once again lead a major series appears to come from a new drug regimen that, according to ABC News, has "helped him control the tics that are a result of the disease."


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Michael J. Fox returning to TV in 2013
Actor Michael J. Fox will reportedly star in a comedy that’s in development at Sony Pictures Television.