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Friday August 17, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Michael J. Fox is planning a return to series TV, more than a decade after he left to concentrate on fighting Parkinson’s disease.

The actor, who first gained fame in the 1980s sitcom "Family Ties" and later headlined "Spin City," will star in a comedy that’s in development at Sony Pictures Tele vision for 2013, ac cording to people with knowledge of the project.

The people, who lacked authority to publicly discuss the matter, spoke Wednes day on condition of anonym ity. The project has drawn strong interest from the major networks, they said.

Fox, 51, who starred in the hit "Back to the Future" movie franchise, is working with Will Gluck, director of the film "Easy A," and writer Sam Laybourne, whose credits include "Cou gar Town" and "Arrested Develop ment," the people said.

The actor, who was diagnosed with Parkin son’s disease in 1991, left "Spin City" in 2000 and said he in tended to focus on helping find a cure for the disease. He started a foundation, which bears his name, to fund research toward that goal.

Although he reduced his workload because of Parkin son’s, Fox has made guest appearances on TV series including "Rescue Me," ‘’Curb Your Enthusiasm" and "The Good Wife."

In May, Fox told ABC News that a new drug regimen has helped him control the tics that are a result of the disease and allowed him to take on more acting roles.