Is Scott Baio’s new series “See Dad Run” based on his real life?
—Ricki Adams, Worchester, Mass.
“See Dad Run” was created by Tina Albanese and her husband Patrick Labyorteaux, 47, who starred on “JAG” and “Little House on the Prairie” and is now working behind the camera. The idea was sparked by their curiosity of what home life is like for someone who has been a TV star when their series comes to an end. They say that Baio, 52, was definitely someone they had in mind to headline the series while they were writing it.
“See Dad Run” is the story of David Hobbs (Baio), who, after 10 years of starring as America’s favorite TV dad, becomes a stay-at-home father while his soap-star wife returns to work.
And while Baio, who starred in “Happy Days,” “Joanie Loves Chachi” and “Charles in Charge,” can relate as he went through periods of unemployment, David’s life is very different from his.
“It’s very difficult,” he says. “The mentality of an actor is ‘What’s my next gig?’ If you said to me, ‘Here’s a show and it’s going to run for 10 years,’ my first thought is going to be, ‘Okay. What do I do in the eleventh year?’ So there is a huge adjustment period in terms of you have a place to go, and now you have nowhere to go. But I love to play golf, so golf takes up a lot of time.”
The other area in which Baio—who is married to actress Renee Sloan, with whom he has a 5-year-old daughter—can relate is childcare. “There are some people that don’t believe in nannies and daycare, like myself. I raise my child. We don’t have a nanny. My wife and I raise her, and we don’t rely on other people. So there are people in the world that actually raise their kids, and that’s what this family is all about.”