It’s the beginning of the year, which means new reality TV shows will be popping up on our screens for the next two months or so. One of TLC’s newest—Project Dad—premiered last week with little fanfare but the network—responsible for a slew of other family-focused reality shows—is hoping the show will pick up some steam.
‘Project Dad’—think “Home Alone” meets “Honey I Shrunk the Kids” meets “Wife Swap”— follows “celebrity” dads(and we are using the term celebrity very loosely here) as they try to handle being stay-at-home dads.
The show’s “bumbling dads” include Donnell Rawlings, a comedian from The Chappelle Show; Daniel Cosgrove, an actor on Days of Our Lives; and DJ Skribble, a disc jockey from MTV’s TRL.
According to a press release from the show’s production company, Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment, the series will follow the dads “as they’re left alone with their kids while their partners leave home for days. The series turns the camera on these three busy celebrity dads as they struggle to balance caring for a home, parenting and pursuing a full-time career-on their own.”
Apparently it’s a novelty for men to take care of their own children?
The show is based on the Korean television show “Return of Superman.” The hit series in South Korea won more than 13 awards, so U.S. execs decided to give it a go here. It will be interesting to see if it is as well-received here as it was in South Korea.
“Project Dad will have viewers laughing, crying and relishing in the real-life moments these dads have with their children,” said William J. Rouhana, Jr., executive chairman of Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment. “The show adds to our library of inspirational and entertaining content, and we expect the show to resonate with all audiences. This is our second television series to air on a cable network in just two years, and expect more to follow.”
The show airs on TLC Thursdays at 5:00 p.m.
(Photo: Chicken Soup for the Soul Entertainment)