Father-daughter to star in relationship reality show
Ryan O’Neal is looking to reunite with estranged daughter Tatum — while the cameras are rolling, of course.
Ryan and Tatum O’Neal are the stars of “Lost and Found,” a docusoap set to be pitched to networks in the coming days by Endemol USA.
Tatum O’Neal has already moved into her father’s Malibu home, and together the two have launched their attempts at reconciliation.
It’s not going to be easy — they’ve been icy toward each other for 25 years — but that will likely make for good TV.
Impetus for the reconciliation came after the death of Ryan O’Neal’s on-again, off-again love, Farrah Fawcett, last year. Now, the duo will undergo therapy together, and also attempt to get to the root of the resentment that Tatum has held toward her father.
“From the moment I met Ryan and Tatum, I knew they were genuine about telling their real story,” said Endemol North America chairman David Goldberg. “Of course they’ve had their share of trials and tribulations that have been very public, but ultimately this comes down to a father-daughter story that viewers will be able to relate to on many different levels.”
R. Greg Johnston is on board to exec produce “Lost and Found.” Johnston knows a thing or two about chronicling dysfunctional relationships, having also been a part of “The Osbournes” and “Newlyweds: Nick and Jessica.”
Endemol said Ryan O’Neal “is prepared to do anything to get it right this time.” His dysfunctional family relationships aren’t limited to Tatum; in 2007, he was arrested in connection with an assault on son Griffin. He was also arrested with son Redmond in 2008 on drug charges.
Tatum O’Neal, meanwhile, made headlines in 2008 after being arrested for drug possession.
“Having thought long and hard about exposing our already very public private lives, (we) came to the decision that Endemol is the company that provided the respect and professionalism we were looking for,” the O’Neals said in a joint statement.
Show will follow the two as they go on auditions, take acting lessons, explore their dating lives, head to family gatherings and meet for therapy sessions.
Among the family dramas that will be addressed: Tatum O’Neal’s decision not to invite her relatives to her wedding, and Ryan O’Neal’s anger management problems. Tatum O’Neal has also written about being molested by a friend of her father’s, something Ryan O’Neal has denied.
This reps the first joint TV project for Ryan and Tatum O’Neal, who famously appeared together in the features “Paper Moon” and “Nickelodeon.” Tatum O’Neal became the youngest actor to win an Academy Award when she landed the supporting actress Oscar for 1973’s “Paper Moon” at age 10. Ryan O’Neal won a Golden Globe for that movie.
Both remain active in acting: Ryan O’Neal has recently appeared on “90210,” “Bones” and “Desperate Housewives,” while Tatum O’Neal was in the feature “The Runaways,” starred in the MyNetworkTV telenovela “Wicked Wicked Games,” appeared in FX’s “Rescue Me” and was a contestant on “Dancing With the Stars.”