Nick At Nite Picks Up Scott Baio Family Comedy To Series

Scott Baio Daddy's HomeEXCLUSIVE: Nick At Nite‘s first original scripted comedy pilot, Daddy’s Home, will become the programming block’s first homegrown live-action comedy series. I hear that Nickelodeon has given a 20-episode order to the multicamera project starring Happy Days alum Scott Baio. Daddy’s Home centers on 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 she can return to the limelight. The project was created by writer-producer Tina Albanese (CSI) and actor Patrick Labyorteaux (Little House On The Prairie), who are executive producing with Baio as well as showrunners Mitchel Katlin and Nat Bernstein, Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey. Nick is not commenting, but at the time the network picked up Daddy’s Home to pilot in October, Nickelodeon’s president of original programming and development Marjorie Cohn said the show puts “contemporary and comedic twist on parenthood that will make for a great addition to our existing slate of family programming.”

This marks Baio’s return to scripted comedy series after a decade on the unscripted side, teaming with Hervey for Scott Baio Is 45 and Single, Scott Baio Is 46 and Pregnant, and Confessions Of A Teen Idol. Nick at Nite’s only previous original live-action scripted series was the short-lived 1991 sitcom Hi Honey, I’m Home, which originated on ABC with instant reruns on Nick at Nite, migrating to the cable outlet after ABC canceled it. On the animated side, the primetime and overnight block of Nickelodeon has aired  Fatherhood. Daddy’s Home may soon have a companion — Nick At Nite recently greenlighted its second comedy pilot, Wendell & Vinnie, starring iCarly‘s Jerry Traino, created by Jay Kogen and executive produced by Aaron Kaplan.

Comments (19)

  • Please bring Nicole Eggert on for some o’ so naughty Daddy fun!

    Comment by fun with buns — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 2:05pm PDT  
  • Oooh yes Charles-I want you in Charge of me.

    Comment by joanie — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 2:16pm PDT  
  • I can’t wait for Nick at Nite to come back. Looking forward to hearing about other programs picked up.

    Comment by LT — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 2:17pm PDT  
  • I love Scott Baio.

    Comment by Lala — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 2:20pm PDT  

    Comment by Showbiz — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 3:23pm PDT  
  • Cancelled before he says “va-va-va-voom”

    Comment by Elliott Trout — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 3:27pm PDT  
  • I think Patrick and Tina, & Mitch and Nat are amazing and hopefully the show will run forever.

    Comment by Jay — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 4:11pm PDT  
  • They should try and get Anson Williams to direct some episodes, maybe even do a guest spot. That would be fun.

    Comment by fan — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 5:52pm PDT  
  • Ya’ll got me strait trippin’, dawgs

    Comment by Luscious Lars Anderson — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 5:53pm PDT  

    Can’t wait to see this show!

    Comment by Vlude — Thursday March 22, 2012 @ 5:55pm PDT  
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