Surviving Jack Trailer Takes Us Back To The 90s With Chris Meloni
Based on the book by Justin Halpern of $#*! My Dad Says fame, Surviving Jack comes from Halpern and Patrick Schumacker and puts Law & Order: SVU's Christopher Meloni back in a starring role on television, this time for a comedy with a 90s twist on Fox. The single-camera comedy is set in the early 90s in Southern California and has Meloni playing a dad who's taking a more active role in his kids' lives. That includes helping his teenage son Frankie through adolescence.Here's the official synopsis for the series:
JACK DUNLEVY (Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni, “True Blood,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), ex-military and an oncologist, is a no-bull kind of guy. He sees little, if any, need to sugar-coat the truth. Up to this point, Jack’s been the parent who’s left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife, JOANNE, is going back to law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.
Jack’s teenage son, FRANKIE (Connor Buckley, “Deception”), is just starting his freshman year in high school. Lanky, quick-witted, self-deprecating and not entirely sure of himself, all Frankie wants to do is fly under the radar. But over the summer, he grew 10 inches, threw a no-hitter against a rival team and started to attract girls – all of which put him in some awkward situations – especially when the only base he’s ever been to is on the field. Fortunately, no matter how embarrassing the situations Frankie gets himself into are, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood…with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox, unfiltered and sometimes even unkind in his approach, his intentions are always good. For better or for worse, he’s Frankie’s only resource now. Even more confusing to Jack than Frankie’s growing pains are those of his daughter, RACHEL (Claudia Lee, “Hart of Dixie”), a gorgeous and super-smart 17-year-old high school junior.
Up until now, Rachel’s done everything right. No longer under the watchful eye of her mother, she’s now a handful. Jack considers the mind of the teenage girl beyond his (or anyone’s) comprehension – a fact which Rachel will take full advantage of. In addition to disciplining his own children, Jack must keep a watchful eye on Frankie’s best friends: GEORGE (Kevin Hernandez, “Get the Gringo,” “The Sitter”), an overly confident Mexican-American with a big vocabulary; and MIKEY (newcomer Tyler Foden), a tough kid from a broken home. Only time will tell if Jack’s blunt and unpredictable parenting style will keep his kids out of trouble, or if Joanne will have to put down the law books and somehow step in to keep the family order. Until then, Jack’s the dad the Dunlevy kids always wished they had – most of the time. For someone who is used to taking care of people with cancer, Jack’s got this…right?
FOX has picked up several new shows for the 2013-14 season — including Surviving Jack, a comedy that stars Christopher Meloni and is based on a book by $#*! My Dad Says’ Justin Halpern.
Here’s their description and a photo from the pilot:
SURVIVING JACK (working title) is a new single-camera ensemble comedy based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s semi-autobiographical book, “I Suck at Girls.” Set in 1990s Southern California, Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni stars as a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google
SURVIVING JACK (wt) is produced by Doozer Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on best-selling author Justin Halpern’s book, “I Suck at Girls,” the series is created by Halpern (“$#*! My Dad Says”) and Patrick Schumacker (“$#*! My Dad Says”) who wrote the pilot. The series is executive-produced by Halpern, Schumacker, Emmy Award nominee Bill Lawrence (“Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Clone High,” “Cougar Town”) and Jeff Ingold. Victor Nelli (“Scrubs,” “The Bernie Mac Show”) directed the pilot.
The actor bought the five bedroom, six bathroom pad for $4,381,000, so should he sell it for the asking price he will make a tidy profit, although he has spent money on the home. It is said to have listed the Connecticut mansion for $4,750,000.
Since purchasing the property Christopher, who is married to decorator and set designer Sherman Williams Meloni, has overseen a 'complete interior transformation' of the house, according to the listing on realtor.com.
The property consists of a main house as well as a two level barn that boasts a garage with storage for six cars. The 8,000 sq ft home also has a custom home office and a kitchen with all modern appliances and a large breakfast bar.
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The home boasts plenty of entertaining space including a spacious dining room as well as a billiards room.
And there is more than enough room to relax with a number of sitting rooms boasting some beautiful views. And should the new buyer have a family who want to watch different things on TV there are a number of entertainment rooms.
The actor and his wife already have a property in New Milford, which they scooped in in 2003.
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