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1/29/10 - 6/5/10
previously in development (2010-2011 season)
ordered to pilot
pilot films friday, april 9
(from ABC's press release, March 2010) When your Dad is a legend in your town, it can be hard to get out from under his shadow. When your Dad moves in to the apartment over your garage... forget about it! All his life, Dana Nolan knew his dad Phil loved his older brother Stan more. No matter what Dana did, he never quite seemed to measure up to his dad's old-school values. Obviously, he couldn't be the best son, so instead, Dana decided to be the best husband and dad he could possibly be. Now, Dana has the chance to get a little closer to his dad. After bailing Stan out of yet another jam, Phil is moving in to the spare apartment above Dana's garage. Just great. You see, to Dana's adorable daughters, Phil is their lovable grandpa. And at the high school where Dana works as a guidance counselor, Phil is the legendary 'Coach Phil' who still shows up every day to give the team a pep-talk. But to the long-suffering Dana... he's just the same old critical dad he's always known and grudgingly loves. Luckily, Dana has his wife Julie to keep him grounded, but as a full-time anesthesiologist she's got her own problems like being judged by other school moms who only work part-time. Dana's smart enough to know he's got to make the best of his dad situation, but it's going to take time... a whole lot of time. Comedian Dana Gould takes a page from his own life and lets us all laugh at the thousand small humiliations he's suffered from his dad. Nolan Knows Best is a family comedy about trying to get out from under your dad's shadow, while attempting to live up to his high expectations.
· Brian Dennehy as "Big Phil" Nolan
· Dana Gould as Dana Nolan
· Lexi Jourden as Abby Nolan
· Payton Lucas as Elaine Nolan
· Todd Stashwick as Stan Nolan
· Traylor Howard as Julie Nolan
· Craig Zisk as DIR (Pilot)
· Dana Gould as CRTR/EP
· Dave Becky as EP
· Mike Scully as EP
· Tom Lassally as EP
· comedy (all)
· comedy (multi-camera)
· 3 Arts Entertainment
· Warner Bros. Television