The Courtship of Eddie’s Father Returns to Television

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Classic ABC series “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father,” which ran from 1969 to 1972, is returning to television as a single-camera comedy being developed for FOX by Warner Bros. TV and Conan O’Brien’s Conaco.

Actor Willie Garson, best known as the recurring character Stanford Blatch in the “Sex and the City” franchise and as Mozzie on USA’s “White Collar,” will co-star as Norman Tinker, best friend to widower character Tom Corbett. In addition, Garson will serve as co-writer and producer alongside feature filmmakers Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett (Little Manhattan, Nim’s Island). No word yet on who will star as Corbett.

The original three-season show starred Bill Bixby, in his pre-“Incredible Hulk” days, as a single father and magazine publisher living with his son Eddie (played by Brandon Cruz), who was constantly manipulating situations to get his father a new wife. The new “Courtship of Eddie’s Father” redo is inspired by Garson¬ís experience as a single father and his “best friends” approach to raising his adopted son.

“Best Friend” was of course the famous theme song for the original show, written and performed by Harry Nilsson. That show was based on a 1963 movie also called “The Courtship of Eddie’s Father” starring Glenn Ford as the widowed dad and a young Ron Howard as the son, and was in turn based on a novel by Mark Toby.

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