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Michael J. Fox to star in TV comedy as dad with Parkinson's

Actor Michael J. Fox, who stepped back from full-time acting in 2000 to focus on fighting Parkinson's disease, will star in a new TV comedy loosely based on his own life suffering from the illness.

NBC television said on Monday it had ordered a full 22 episodes of an untitled comedy series starring the "Spin City" and "Back to the Future" actor for the fall of 2013.

The show will feature Fox as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges including the degenerative nervous system disorder, Parkinson's disease.

"He (Fox) 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," NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt said in a statement.

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