UP TV, the entertainment destination that showcases stories about modern American families and the relationships that define them, has cast Barry Watson (Samantha Who?, 7th Heaven) to star as Ricky Cooper in the hour-long family dramedy Date My Dad. Raquel Welch (One Million Years B.C., Three Musketeers) will recur as his spunky mother-in-law, Rosa. Also starring in the series are Lilah Fitzgerald (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce) as Elisa, Audrey Smallman (Family for Christmas) as Gigi and Zenia Marie Marshall (Summer of Dreams) as Mirabel. Produced by 50° North in association with EveryWhere Studios, the new UP original series will premiere this June. Production is currently underway in Vancouver, British Columbia.
“Barry is a versatile actor that will shine as a single dad and former professional athlete in comedic as well as endearing moments. He’s beloved by the UP audience and will appeal to new viewers who tune in to watch a familiar face,” said Barbara Fisher, svp, original programming, UP. “The iconic and legendary Raquel Welch as his saucy and young-at-heart mother-in-law will create the perfect dynamic of witty banter while always keeping family at the center.”
Date My Dad, a 10-episode family dramedy, tells the story of a single dad raising three daughters. Ricky Cooper had the perfect life. A former professional baseball player, he was married to Isabella, the love of his life. Ricky’s world comes crashing down when Isabella passes away leaving him to raise three daughters alone. Date My Dad picks up three years later while Ricky is raising the girls with the help of his live-in mother-in-law, Rosa. On his 40th birthday, Ricky experiences a different type of crisis when Rosa unexpectedly announces that she is moving. He becomes panic-stricken knowing he will have to tackle everything from make-up to boys to driving on his own. His daughters – Mirabel (15), Elisa (12) and Gigi (8) – have also been busy. They have taken matters into their own hands by making it their mission to get their dad back in the game…the dating game, that is. Ricky is in for a roller coaster ride as he is pushed into the dating world for the first time in twenty years while also being the best dad he can be to his girls.