Over the course of the past year, we’ve gotten media inquiries and pitches from at least a dozen production companies aiming to do a reality / documentary / docuseries on at-home dads. Some of the pitches were ridiculous, some too dramatic, some unrealistic, and some intriguing. Most of them were looking to feature a few dads that were part of a local community dads group … similar to NYC Dads Group.
We had lengthy conversations with a few of the casting team members of these production companies and kept coming back to the same question: What will be so entertaining about a few dads hanging out with their children that will fill a 30-minute show and draw a captive audience that will want to watch it? Add in some real charismatic characters, some dads in the pub at a dads night out, some marital arguments, some dads with drama that the show might create and that might work, but not for us.
Well, it seems that after casting nets far and wide across the nation, A&E is the first to the finish line to greenlight a reality show about a group of stay-at-home dads – Modern Dads. Sirens Media team is behind Modern Dads all with developing eight, thirty-minute episodes focusing on a bunch of dads that are part of a dads group in Austin, Texas. Big thanks to Ariel Isenberg for the heads up about the show. We’re extremely curious to see how this unfolds, but overall, are excited at the prospect. After all, shows surrounding fatherhood seem to be the hot thing these days – NBC’s, “Guys With Kids”, “See Dad Run” on Nickelodeon, “Up All Night”, and Seth McFarlane’s new project, “Dads.” Mainstream media is giving at-home dads a wonderful platform with this A&E reality show to portray dads in a positive light – to be nurturing, capable, and confident. Let’s hope they don’t screw it up! If they can do it well in Australia with House Husbands, we hope they can do it successfully in the U.S. Wishful thinking?