Nickelodeon has ordered 20 episodes of the original scripted comedy series, "Daddy's Home" (working title), starring Scott Baio.
It was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, president of original programming and development for Nickelodeon Group. A multi-camera, half-hour comedy for Nick at Nite, "Daddy's Home" follows David Hobbs (Baio) an actor who, after 10 years of starring as America's favorite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father to honor the deal he made with his soap star wife so that she may return to the limelight.
The series comes from creators/executive producers Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux and is helmed by executive producers Nat Bernstein and Mitchel Katlin who will show run. Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey are also executive producing through their production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment (BHE), along with Baio.
"Daddy's Home" marks Hervey and Baio's return to scripted comedy, with BHE having previously collaborated on three acclaimed unscripted series, including "Scott Baio is 45 and Single," "Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant," and "Confessions of a Teen Idol." Production on the series is slated to commence later this year in Los Angeles.
"Scott not only brings his star power to this role, but a real authenticity as an actor-turned-dad," said Cohn. "Daddy's Home is a classic, multi-camera sitcom with a contemporary twist that our Nick at Nite family audience is sure to enjoy."
For over 30 years, Baio has been a beloved actor, successful producer, writer and director. He received his acting break in 1976 when he was cast as the lead in the youthful gangster film "Bugsy Malone." Baio is perhaps best known for his role as Chachi Arcola on one of television's most iconic comedy series "Happy Days," followed by a starring role in the spin-off series "Joanie Loves Chachi." Baio also starred in his own 1980s hit sitcom, "Charles in Charge." Following his television comedy roles, he delved into some deeper and more dramatic roles, such as in the award-winning ABC after-school special, "Stoned," the CBS film "The Boy Who Drank Too Much" and as a hemophiliac in NBC's "Senior Trip!"
He continued his acting career as the youthful associate of Dick Van Dyke on the successful CBS series "Diagnosis Murder" and a decade later, made several appearances on the Emmy Award-winning television series "Arrested Development."
Off-screen, he has directed episodes of popular series including "The Parkers," "Unhappily Ever After," "The Jamie Foxx Show," "The Wayans Bros.," "Harry and the Hendersons," "Out of This World" and recently served as executive producer of VH1's "Confessions of a Teen Idol."
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