TVLine Items: Networks Chase New Michael J. Fox Series, SNL Vet Visits Up All Night and More!

Michael J FoxMichael J. Fox is plotting a full-time return to TV — and every network wants him!

The Family Ties icon and occasional Good Wife lawyer has teamed with writer Sam Laybourne (Cougar Town) and director Will Gluck (Easy A) on a single-camera comedy — in which he would star — and the four major networks (Fox, NBC, ABC and CBS) are eager to land the project.

Details surrounding the series — which is being developed by Sony Pictures Television for a 2013 launch — are scarce, but Vulture (which first reported the news) has confirmed that it will be inspired by Fox’s own life.

Ready for more of today’s TV dish? Well…

• Saturday Night Live vet Rachel Dratch will reunite with former castmate Maya Rudolph on the sophomore season of Up All Night, which launches Thursday, Sept. 20. Per The Hollywood Reporter, she’ll play a superfan of Rudolph’s talk show host character, Ava.

RELATED | Up All Night Casts Sean Hayes

• Enrique Murciano (Without a Trace) and Wendy Moniz (The Guardian, Guiding Light) have booked multi-ep arcs on ABC’s new fall thriller 666 Park Avenue, reports. Moniz will play a therapist, while Murciano joins as a surgeon living in the spooky hotel at the center of the supernatural series.

• Teen Wolf‘s Season 2 finale on Monday drew 1.7 million total viewers and, as it has been all season, was the time period’s top cable draw in the 12-34 demo.

• Spike TV is reviving its former faux reality series The Joe Schmo Show, reports. The project centers on a group of actors tricking a wannabe TV star into thinking he is competing on the craziest reality show ever. Ralph Garman (Family Guy) will return as host of the series, which is now titled Joe Schmo: The Full Bounty.

VIDEO | Hot Promo: Parenthood Season 4

Fox has purchased an hour-long romantic comedy project from Jason Katims and his Parenthood partner Sarah Watson. Per Deadline, the”edgy” drama follows a single thirtysomething attorney working at a Chicago-area law firm.

Peter Facinelli (Nurse Jackie), Christian Camargo (Dexter), Michael Sheen (Frost/Nixon), Robert Kurtzman (From Dusk ‘Til Dawn) and Gregory Storm (Girlfriends) have been set as judges for the first round of the inaugural Telefest, the first independent television festival to offer a Viewers Choice Award along with an Industry Choice Award. Pilot submissions are now being accepted (visit, with a social media feedback site going live Dec. 1 and the festival taking place in March 2013.

Which TVLine Items have you talking today?

Comments (13)

  • Wendy Moniz was EVERYTHING when she was Dinah on “Guiding Light”

    Comment by George – August 15, 2012 12:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Wendy was a whiner as Dinah most of the time. She was good with Michael Zazlo though. Better on the guardian with Simon Baker.

      Comment by Robin – August 15, 2012 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It’s great to hear the MJF is feeling well enough to be back on TV full time. He was great on Scrubs too – he can really nail some of the more dramatic moments.

    Comment by ScrubsGuy – August 15, 2012 12:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wooo! More Rachel Dratch! She needs her own show, she’s hilarious.

    Comment by Leah – August 15, 2012 12:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Very excited about the possibility of Michael J. Fox being back on tv regularly, but I have to see your headline missed an excellent opportunity. If I may suggest, “TVLine Items: Networks Chase New Michael J. Fox Series, Teen Wolf Top Draw, and more!” Lots more eyeballs of a certain age there!

    Comment by heather_kaye – August 15, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *Say. I have to *say*. Sorry, grammar-folk.

      Comment by heather_kaye – August 15, 2012 12:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’ve got to say, I sometimes miss items on my favourite shows when they’re in articles like this. I would love it if there was a series of tags shown on the home page so I know whether theres anything interesting on that article for me to read!
    Love the site, but just a suggestion!

    Comment by liddad – August 15, 2012 01:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So, the new Katims/Watson project is both a “romantic comedy” and an “‘edgy’ drama”? That’s… interesting.

    Comment by Ace – August 15, 2012 01:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • well, I may be two years outside the desired demo for MTV, but i love Teen Wolf. it’s an awesome show, very well made.

    Comment by Michael Sacal – August 15, 2012 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • How can Rachel Dratch not have a steady gig on a sitcom by now? Sheesh.

    Comment by The Squatch – August 15, 2012 04:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • MJF and the people behind Cougar Town and Easy A?!? Its going to be awesome.

    Comment by itsme – August 15, 2012 06:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joe Schmo is back? YES!

    Comment by April – August 16, 2012 10:26 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

Leave a Reply

Comments on are monitored. So don't go off topic, don't frakkin' curse, and be gone with your offers of discount leather goods. Talk smart about TV!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s