Saget to co-write, produce, star in 'Eddie's Father'
HBO and Bob Saget are delving into the mind of the divorced dad.
Paybox has made a script commitment to an untitled half-hour project from Saget described as an R-rated take on “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father.”
Saget will star, co-write and exec produce via his Two Angels production company. Brillstein-Grey’s Tim Sarkes and Danny Sussman will also exec produce.
In a role far removed from the straight-laced parent he portrayed for years on ABC’s “Full House,” Saget will play a divorced dad who works as a gynecologist in Phoenix. Show will focus on the character as he balances raising a 14-year-old son while trying to lead as active a social life as possible.
“The show is my son and I going through adolescence at the same time,” Saget explained. “What makes it exciting is that because I’m working with HBO, I’ll get to use the same language in the show that I use with my own kids, which is just very honest and real. The concept itself is pretty representative of my life and my standup.
“Plus,” he joked, “I always wanted to do something set in a world where I had more women issues that I could possibly deal with.”
Project, which is being produced by HBO Independent Prods., is part of HBO’s bid to reinvent the multicamera laffer. Network in May greenlit its first attempt, a family sitcom starring comedian Louis C.K., slated for next year.
WMA-repped Saget recently guest starred in “Entourage,” playing the pot-smoking neighbor of star Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier). He also appeared as one of 100 comics riffing on one famous dirty joke in the doc “The Aristocrats.”
As a director, Saget’s TV credits include “Mind of the Married Man” and “Norm.” He last guest starred on “Huff” and toplined Paul Weitz’s Off Broadway show “Privilege.”