ABC just dropped the trailer for its new sitcom Single Parents. The show follows a group of, well, single parents as they go about the difficult, but sometimes hilarious, task of raising kids alone. While more than a handful of single parents will be portrayed on the show, the focus will be on a dad named Will who has been so zeroed in on raising his seven-year-old daughter that he’s lost touch with himself. Played by SNL veteran Taran Killam, this dude is a nightmare.
Between shows like Black-ish, Fresh Off the Boat, and The Middle, ABC has been killing it in the sitcom field for more than a few years now. What’s interesting about most of those shows is that they take a refreshing look at life through the lens of characters who don’t usually come to mind—Black-ish by portraying upper-middle class black people and Fresh Off the Boat by dealing with a family of Taiwanese immigrants. Now, as ABC looks to be double down on shows with unique perspectives, Single Parents arrives for the divorced or bereft.
Killam is Will, a helicopter parent looking to make helicopter parenting a team activity by sucking Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Brad Garrett (Everybody Loves Raymond) into his rotors. Meester and Garrett, along with the rest of the cast, seem to be playing single parents with markedly different approaches to the job at hand. Meester is the cool mom. Garrett is the detached older dad.
There are close to 14 million single-parents in America and roughly 18 percent of single-parent households are headed by fathers. While that’s not a lot, it’s much higher than the 1998 figure, which hovered around 9 percent. ABC has not set a premiere date other than “soon,” but given the press push, it seems likely that Killam will be beamed into living rooms by fall.