In theory, the new comedy, which will be produced by Sony Pictures Television and Olive Bridge Entertainment, is a perfect fit for NBC under its new marching orders. Last month, at Summer TV Press Tour, the network’s entertainment division chairman, Bob Greenblatt, told TV critics that although he is appreciative of the “sophisticated” NBC comedies (“30 Rock,” “Parks and Recreation,” “Community,” “The Office,” etc.) he inherited when he joined the network in January 2011, he is determined to broaden the network’s comedy lineup.
But don’t look for Fox’s comedy on NBC’s lineup this coming TV season; the network said in Monday’s announcement that the show would debut in the fall of 2013.
“To bring Michael J. Fox back to NBC is a supreme honor, and we are thrilled that one of the great comedic television stars is coming home again,” Greenblatt said. “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. Being in business with him is a supreme pleasure.”