If case you have not heard already, Michael J. Fox is not only coming back to NBC with a brand-new sitcom based loosely on his own life and struggles with Parkinson’s Disease; now, we also know at least one more person that will be joining him on the show.
According to multiple sources, “Treme” star Wendell Pierce has already landed his next gig, and it be as a major character on this new show. Specifically, he will be taking on the role of Harris Green, the former boss of Mike’s character at his new job, which was the local 5 o’clock news. The show itself revolves around Fox’s Mike trying to get back to work at the station after taking some time off to deal with a disease.
Unlike two of the actor’s past comedies in “Spin City” and “Family Ties,” this show is set to be of the single-camera variety, which will give Fox the flexibility of not having to shoot the programs live in front of a studio audience. The 22-episode order is a pretty clear sign that the network has a great deal of confidence in his ability to pull together a successful show, as this is a very rare move for a new series, especially a comedy in an age where we are seeing many shows get canceled after an extremely short period of time.
There is no announced premiere date for this show just yet, but we expect it to be launched at some point in September 2012, possibly in the prime real estate previously occupied by “The Office” on Thursday nights. (This is at least where we would put the show.)
Are you excited to see what Fox brings to the show this time around? If you want to hear Fox speak out about the show, be sure to head on over to the link here.