MARCH 27 2012 20:45h
Baio to play stay-at-home dad on sitcom
Production is to begin this year in Los Angeles, it was announced Tuesday by Marjorie Cohn, president of original programming and development for Nickelodeon Group.
Baio famously played a male nanny in the 1980s sitcom "Charles in Charge." His other acting credits include "Happy Days," "Diagnosis Murder" and "Arrested Development."
In his latest small-screen project, he plays David Hobbs, 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 may return to the limelight.
Among the producers on "Daddy's Home" are Patrick Labyorteaux, who co-starred on "Little House on the Prairie," and Jason Hervey, a cast member of "The Wonder Years."
Hervey and Baio previously collaborated on the unscripted series "Scott Baio is 45 and Single," "Scott Baio is 46 and Pregnant" and "Confessions of a Teen Idol."
"Scott not only brings his star power to this role, but a real authenticity as an actor-turned-dad," Cohn said in a statement. "'Daddy's Home' is a classic, multi-camera sitcom with a contemporary twist that our Nick at Nite family audience is sure to enjoy."
LOS ANGELES, March 27 (UPI) -- U.S. cable network Nickelodeon says it has ordered 20 episodes of "Daddy's Home," a scripted comedy starring Scott Baio as a stay-at-home father.