Elliott nurtures stage dad skein for Regency, 20th
Chris Elliott is getting ready to tackle fatherhood with Regency Television and 20th Century Fox TV.
The comic thesp will write, exec produce and star in a half-hour comedy in which he plays a married father of two teen daughters living in a small town. Elliott’s character will be a real estate agent and frustrated performer who plays stage dad to one of his daughters.
Elliott — the man behind the well-remembered “Get a Life” and more recently a recurring cast member on “Everybody Loves Raymond” — is set to write the pilot. No other scribes are attached, though Elliott said he’s keen on collaborating with “King of the Hill” showrunners John Altschuler and Dave Krinsky.
Project will be shopped to nets in the next few weeks.
“The idea is to do something different than what I’ve done in the past, but still very funny,” Elliott told Daily Variety. “This is (‘Get a Life’ character) Chris Peterson if he grew up and had a wife and kids.”
Like the parents on Bravo’s “Showbiz Moms and Dads,” Elliott said his character will be very active in pushing his daughter into showbiz.
“He’ll be living vicariously through her,” he said. “I can be sort of Lucy-esque and jealous of her success.”
Elliott, a father of two teen daughters himself, also promises a ban on the very special moments that often pop up on sitcoms.
Regency TV prexy Robin Schwartz said Elliott is “the same man-child you always thought he was, but he’s taken it to a new level,” while 20th prexy Gary Newman said the studio wanted a chance to capture “the unique energy and attitude Chris brings to his characters.”
In addition to prepping his laffer, Elliott will guest star on a few more episodes of “Raymond” this season. He’s also booked to play a serial killer on an upcoming episode of NBC’s “Third Watch.”
Elliott also has signed with Miramax to write a book, which he describes as “a spoof on historical thrillers like ‘Time and Again’ mixed in with a little Jack the Ripper.”