In a first for the cable channel, Nickelodeon has ordered an original scripted comedy pilot. “Daddy’s Home,” which is slated for the Nick at Nite family programming block, stars Scott Baio.
A multi-camera, half-hour comedy for Nick at Nite, Daddy’s Home 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 so that she may return to the limelight.
The project comes from creators/executive producers Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux and is helmed by executive producers Eric Bischoff and Jason Hervey 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.
“Scott Baio is an actor known and beloved by today’s Nick at Nite viewers, many of whom are parents,” said Marjorie Cohn, President, Original Programming and Development, Nickelodeon. “His new project will put a contemporary and comedic twist on parenthood that will make for a great addition to our existing slate of family programming.”
“It’s nice to be back home in an arena where I’m completely comfortable and with a show idea that I love,” added Baio.
Baio received his acting break in 1976 when he was cast as the lead in the youthful gangster film Bugsy Malone. He is 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.”