THIS IS 40
Barry Watson plays a widower starting over on Uptv’s DATE MY DAD
In Uptv’s DATE MY DAD (premiering Friday, June 2, at 9 p.m. EST), 7TH HEAVEN alum Barry Watson stars as Ricky Cooper, a widowed former Major League Baseball player who, with the help of vivacious mother- in- law Rosa (Raquel Welch), has been raising three daughters and doing quite well, thank you very much! However, on the morning of his 40th birthday, Ricky learns that he might be again losing his stability even faster than he’s losing his hair. Watson, together with showrunner/creator Nina Colman, reveals why this one- hour dramedy will keep fans laughing, crying and coming back for more.
They’re All In It Together
“Ricky met his wife, Isabella, in ninth grade, so until her death three years prior, she’d always been his other half,” says Colman, adding that Rosa’s announcement that she’s moving out to resume her own life puts him in an-
other tailspin. “The series explores how he moves on. There will be trials and tribulations, but in the end, it’s about Ricky raising his girls, while they are also raising him.” The daughters are as different as night and day, and Colman says that “none of them are what they seem.” However, they do have a common agenda: They want their father to find new love. “Ricky has trepidation about it,” Watson acknowledges. “But somewhere inside, he knows that it’s time.”
In the season premiere, the girls come up with a clever way to vet potential ladies for their famous dad. “It’s embarrassing, to say the least,” Watson says. “Ricky is definitely not happy about it.” Over time, Dad will attempt to meet women on his own. But Rosa might get her groove back first! Reveals Colman: “She’ll have a love interest” — Watson’s reallife father-in-law, Robert Wagner.
The Wonder (How It All Gets Done) Years
Along the way, Ricky has to deal with everything from housekeeping to school plays and from boys to bullying. Needless to say, it’s a lot for the single dad to handle — and he doesn’t always get it right. “It’s messy, much like everybody else’s family,” Watson observes. “Ricky screws up sometimes, but he’s not a bumbling idiot or anything like that.
“He’s just real,” he concludes, “and I think people are going to relate to that.”
“Raquel Welch lends an amazing amount of warmth to Rosa,” Colman observes. “She’s not your typical grandmother.”
“Each of the girls has a way in which they represent themselves to the world, but inwardly, it’s not who they are,” Colman previews. “The fun is in discovering that.”