In a sign of good faith, FOX ordered six episodes of “Dads” without filming a pilot first. The series was set to star Dewey (a recurring player on FOX’s “The Mindy Project”) and Seth Green as successful thirtysomethings suddenly forced to live with their nightmare dads (Peter Riegert and Martin Mull).
Word slipped out that reaction to the series’ first taping was underwhelming and now Deadline reports that “tweaking” has ensued, including recasting Dewey with Ribisi. “Dads” had already replaced co-star Erin Pineda with Vanessa Lachey after its first table reading.
Ribisi hasn’t had a series regular TV role since the short-lived early ’90s comedy “Family Album,” but he has a professional history with MacFarlane having done a guest voice on “Family Guy” and co-starred in both MacFarlane’s blockbuster directorial debut, “Ted,” and upcoming second feature “A Million Ways to Die in the West.” Ribisi’s TV credits also include recurring roles on “Friends” and “My Name is Earl” and film credits include “Avatar” and “Saving Private Ryan.”
As for Dewey, “Mindy Project” fans would surely welcome his return as Mindy’s smooth talking sports lawyer ex Josh, but it wouldn’t be surprising to see another series snatch him up.