'Family Ties' Star Joins Canadian Comedy ‘Call Me Fitz’ for Multi-Episode Arc (Exclusive)

Michael Gross boards the Jason Priestley-starring comedy to play an eco-industralist looking to destroy the used-car industry.

TORONTO – Family TiesMichael Gross has joined the cast of Call Me Fitz, the Jason Priestley-starring HBO Canada and DirecTV Audience Network comedy.

Gross over a five-episode arc will play Pat Childs, an eco-industrialist looking to destroy the used-car industry as part of a Fitzpatrick family smackdown.

And Canadian stand-up comic and actor Jeremy Hotz will guest star in the fourth season of Call Me Fitz as a disillusioned social worker investigating the Fitzpatrick clan.

Sheri Elwood, creator and showrunner of the Canadian comedy series, said Gross’s nice-guy image born of his star turn in Family Ties will be turned on its head. “He’s decided to take on the car industry. He becomes a formidable foe,” she said of Gross’ character adding to the Fitz family dysfunction.

The Canadian comedy has built a cult following and cleaned up at the recent Gemini awards.

Gross’ TV credits include Curb Your Enthusiasm and guest starring roles on Parks and Recreation and Brothers and Sisters.

Call Me Fitz is produced by Amaze Film + Television, Entertainment One and Big Motion Pictures. Ten new episodes of the dark comedy are currently shooting in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

The series is executive produced by Elwood, Teza Lawrence, Michael Souther, John Morayniss, Michael Rosenberg and David MacLeod. Entertainment One handles worldwide distribution.