A veteran of beloved shows like Happy Days and Charles in Charge, Scott Baio has a new family sitcom. Starting October 6th, you’ll be able to see him on Nick at Nite in See Dad Run.
The sitcom revolves around Baio’s character, an actor who starred as “America’s favorite dad” on television for a decade and is now a stay-at-home dad. The show also features the talents of Alanna Ubach and Mark Curry and, interestingly enough, is being shot on the old Happy Days sound stage.
Here’s the press release from Nick at Nite:
Nick at Nite Premieres Scott Baio Comedy, “See Dad Run,” on Saturday, October 6
First Original Live-Action Comedy for Nick at Nite Stars Baio as Famous Former TV Dad Who Lands Newest Role as Stay-at-Home Father; Alanna Ubach and Mark Curry Join Cast
Beverly Hills, Calif. – Aug. 3, 2012 – Nick at Nite will premiere its first-ever original live-action family comedy executive produced by and starring Scott Baio, See Dad Run on Saturday, Oct. 6, it was announced today by Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon Group. A multi-camera scripted half-hour, the series follows David Hobbs (Baio) an actor who, after ten 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 (Alanna Ubach, Meet the Fockers) so that she may return to the limelight. Mark Curry (Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper) also joins the series as David’s friend, Marcus. The series is currently in production on the former Happy Days stage in Los Angeles.
“See Dad Run represents an important milestone for Nick at Nite,” explains Cohn. “The proven comic appeal of Scott Baio combined with a stellar production team to create a funny, modern relatable family sitcom fits perfectly into Nick’s prime time strategy of entertaining every member of the family. We at Nick are thrilled to add this funny show to our arsenal!”
In See Dad Run, David Hobbs has spent the last decade playing the perfect father on one of TV’s biggest sitcoms. But when the series ends and his wife resumes her own television career, he finds himself cast in his most challenging role to date: handling the day-to-day needs of three kids who’ve grown accustomed to not having him around. David soon learns that playing a dad on TV is child’s play compared to the real thing. Rounding out the cast are Ryan Newman (Zeke and Luther) and Bailey Michelle Brown as David’s daughters, Emily and Janie, and Jackson Brundage (One Tree Hill) as David’s son, Joe. Additionally, Ramy Youssef plays David’s assistant, Kevin.
The series is executive produced by Baio and comes from creators/executive producers Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux with executive producers Nat Bernstein and Mitchel Katlin serving as showrunners. Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey also serve as executive producers through their production company Bischoff Hervey Entertainment (BHE). See Dad Run 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.
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. Most recently, Baio was featured as himself on VH1’s popular series, Scott Baio is 45… and Single and Scott Baio is 46… and Pregnant. 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.
Tina Albanese was a producer for several years on the popular prime time drama JAG, then left to start up CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. She began her career working for David E. Kelley on such hit series such as L.A. Law, Picket Fences and Chicago Hope. Patrick Labyorteaux is best known for his television roles as Andrew Garvey on Little House on the Prairie and Bud Roberts on JAG. Labyorteaux also starred in such popular films as Summer School, Heathers, Ski School, Blazing Saddles and most recently, Yes Man and 2012: Ice Age. He also made several guest appearances on such series as iCarly, Dexter, NCIS, Without a Trace, Yes, Dear and Ghost Whisperer.
Bernstein and Katlin have been writing and producing partners for over twenty-five years. After their first collaboration on the feature film Opportunity Knocks starring Dana Carvey, they began working in series television, producing Doogie Howser, M.D., writing over 25 episodes, as well as Ally McBeal and Baby Boom. They have since gone on to create several network television series, including Bringing Up Jack and Over The Top for ABC, Cursed for NBC, Abby for UPN, as well as The Gregory Hines Show and Center of The Universe for CBS.
Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey’s Bischoff Hervey Entertainment Television LLC (BHE) launched in 2003 and since then, have produced television series and pilots for NBC, A&E, VH-1, CMT, E! and TruTV. Eric Bischoff has spent the last 23 years in the entertainment industry, producing over 2,500 hours of original programming (over half of it live), 79 pay-per-view events, 1,500 live events around the world and his book “Controversy Creates Cash” made the New York Times Best Seller list in the fall of 2007. He is also featured alongside Hulk Hogan on Spike TV’s weekly prime time series iMPACT. Hervey is best known for the role of Wayne Arnold in the Emmy Award-winning hit series The Wonder Years. From this platform and experience, Hervey was able to leverage opportunities behind the camera as he began a career in producing. His first project was at the age of 17 when he created, starred in and produced the Saturday morning series Wide World of Kids. Subsequently, Hervey partnered with former Sony of America CEO
Peter Guber in Mandalay Sports Action Entertainment, (MSAE) where he spearheaded a partnership with Time Warner’s World Championship Wrestling (WCW) which yielded 17 original productions in television, home video and pay-per view, an original soundtrack with Tommy Boy records and four television movies for TBS and TNT.
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What do you think? Will you be giving See Dad Run a try?