Fox and Conan O'Brien's Conaco company are teaming up for a single-camera comedy remake of the TV series The Courtship of Eddie's Father, which ran for three seasons between 1969 and 1972. White Collar's Willie Garson will co-star and produce the remake.
The story started out as a novel by author Mark Toby, which was adapted into the feature of the same name that starred Glenn Ford as Tom Corbett, a widowed father and Ron Howard as his young son Eddie, who becomes his father's matchmaker. The film spawned the ABC TV series, which starred Bill Bixby and Brandon Cruz as the father-son duo.
The new show will also be loosely inspired by Willie Garson's own experiences as an adoptive father, and his "best friends" approach to raising his son. Willie Garson will co-write the story with Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett (Nim's Island), with Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett writing the actual teleplay. Willie Garson will play Norman Tinker, the best friend and colleague of Tom Corbett, who has yet to be cast. The Norman role was first played by original series creator James Komack.
Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett will executive produce alongside Conaco's Conan O'Brien, Jeff Ross and David Kissinger. The show comes 10 years after another remake of the series, entitled Eddie's Father, made it to the pilot stage, with Ken Marino and Josh Hutcherson playing the father and son, but it was never ordered to series.