In a rare regular series role, film star Giovanni Ribisi has been cast in FOX's new multi-camera comedy Dads, replacing Tommy Dewey as the co-lead opposite Seth Green.
From the creative team behind last summer's comedy hit Ted, Dads skipped the pilot stage and received a straight-to-series order of six episodes. Tommy Dewey was one of the first actors cast in the project, as Warner, the co-owner of a successful video game company and a family man who loves his wife and two young children. His life is turned upside-down when his dad Crawford (Martin Mull) moves in with him.
After an unsatisfying first episode was taped late last week, the decision was made to tweak the show and recast the role. Ribisi, who played a psychotic father obsessed with the titular bear in Ted, landed the part in Dads due to his previous relationship with writers Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild and producer Seth MacFarlane. He is also slated to star in the Western comedy feature co-written by the trio, starring and directed by MacFarlane.
Although Ribisi appeared on a number of television series early in his career, Dads will be his first regular TV role since a recurring role on My Name Is Earl. Ribisi's performance on the NBC single-camera comedy earned him an Emmy Award nomination in 2007.
I'm not familiar with Tommy Dewey—said to be a favorite of FOX executives—but it looks like Dads just traded up. The only problem is that Ribisi might be too good of an actor for a multi-cam sitcom. What do you think of this recasting?