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come­dies ... I didn’t come with any bag­gage for him.’’

Play­ing Crosby Braver­man, Shep­ard has been able to con­vince au­di­ences that, like his char­ac­ter, he can be re­spon­si­ble for some heavy stuff.

Af­ter dis­cov­er­ing he is a fa­ther to five-year-old Jab­bar (Tyree Brown), Crosby’s care­free life sud­denly calls for accountability.

‘‘ Tyree is seven and does get bored quite soon af­ter he hears ac­tion, so that part is tricky, but I think it’s the per­fect combo. Half my scenes with him, half with adults.’’

En­gaged to For­get­ting Sarah Mar­shall star Kris­ten Bell, has sign­ing on for a fam­ily show made Shep­ard clucky?

Al­ways the joker, he says he can prac­tise on his TV kid be­fore the real thing.

‘‘ I can screw up Tyree, ruin him, turn him into a drug ad­dict and then start over. It’s like (brush­ing his hands to­gether), ‘ Well that didn’t go so well’. What not to do, by Crosby.’’ Par­ent­hood, Chan­nel 7, Tues­day, 9.30pm Fam­ily mat­ters: Lau­ren Graham (above) and Dax Shep­ard (left).

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