Surviving Jack Trailer Takes Us Back To The 90s With Christopher 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.
With Oz, Law & Order: SVU and more recently, True Blood among his credits, Meloni's probably better known for serious roles, so a shift to a starring role in a comedy series could be an interesting turn for the actor. While it's a little alarming to note that the setting for this series is more than twenty years ago, the early 90s seems like a great setting for a retro comedy series, particularly for those of us who also came of age during an era of high ponytails and hypercolor t-shirts. Beyond that, it looks like there's a combination of awkward humor on Frankie's side and a dryer approach from Meloni as the practical dad, Jack.
Unfortunately we have to wait until midseason for Surviving Jack. Fox doesn't have a day laid out for it yet, but perhaps they'll find a place for it on Tuesday nights at some point.
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