Baio to play stay-at-home dad on sitcom

March 27, 2012 at 2:10 PM

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.

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."

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