Baby Daddy

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Baby Daddy
Baby Daddy.jpg
Season 1 promotional poster
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dan Berendsen
Starring
Opening theme Ben Wheeler
Composer(s) Doug DeAngelis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 68 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Dan Berendsen
  • Michael Lembeck
  • John Ziffren
Producer(s)
  • Timothy Marx
  • Nancy Cohen
  • Jan Siegelman (pilot only)
  • David Hartle
Location(s) CBS Studio Center
Studio City, California
Stage 20
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original channel ABC Family
Original release June 20, 2012 (2012-06-20) – present
External links
Official website

Baby Daddy is an ABC Family original comedy television series that premiered on June 20, 2012.[1] The series follows Ben, a man in his twenties, who gets the surprise of his life when a one-night stand leaves his baby at his doorstep. Ben decides to raise his little girl with the help of his brother, Danny, his two close friends, Riley and Tucker, and his mother, Bonnie.[2]

Development and production[edit]

The series was given a green-light on February 2, 2012[3] and began production on March 28, 2012. On August 17, 2012, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on May 29, 2013.[4]

On March 22, 2013, ABC Family announced that Baby Daddy was renewed for a third season, two months before the second season premiered.[5] The third season premiered on January 15, 2014.[6]

Baby Daddy was renewed for a fourth season on March 17, 2014.[7] It premiered on October 22, 2014, with the series' first Halloween episode "Strip or Treat".[8]

On February 27, 2015, the series was renewed for a fifth season.[9]

Characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Benjamin Bon Jovi "Ben" Wheeler[10](Jean-Luc Bilodeau): The lead character of the series. He is a young man living the life of a bachelor as a bartender in New York City with his buddy Tucker and his older brother Danny. His life is turned upside down when he comes home one day to find a baby girl left on his doorstep by an ex-girlfriend. The baby turns out to be his daughter Emma. He doesn't know what he wants to do with his life yet. He learns a lesson that he has to believe in himself if he's going to raise his daughter. He used to have feelings for Riley after they danced at a wedding.[11] He then dated a daycare worker named Megan, but they broke up due to Ben losing her dog. Ever since then, Ben has developed feelings for Riley, yet again.
  • Tucker Thurgood Marshall Dobbs[12] (Tahj Mowry): Ben's best friend and roommate. Tucker is friendly towards everybody so long as they don't eat all of his food.[13] He and Bonnie are the only ones who know Danny is in love with Riley. It is revealed in episode "A Knight to Remember", that Ben encouraged Tucker to drop out of law school to pursue a career that he enjoys since he was only trying to be a lawyer because of his strict father. When his father Marshall Dobbs visits, Tucker finally reveals to his dad that he no longer wants to be a lawyer and is working in television because its something he enjoys doing, to which his father at first is furious, but finally accepts.
  • Daniel Mellencamp "Danny" Wheeler[14] (Derek Theler): Ben's older brother, who is a professional hockey player. He was traded to the New York Rangers. His little brother looks up to him, because he has everything a man would want. Initially, he is the only person who knows that Riley loves Ben. In turn he loves Riley, but she doesn't know how he feels and he feels awkward because she often shares her feelings for Ben with him. He dated psychologist, Amy, who he has strong feelings for as well. In the episode "Surprise!", he and Amy break up. In "Flirty Dancing," he started dating Georgie trying to forget Riley. However, in "You Can't Go Home Again," he plans on leaving with Georgie to move on from Riley, but while saying goodbye to her, they almost kiss.[15]
  • Bonnie Wheeler (Melissa Peterman): Ben and Danny's mother. She wanted to be a model but never "recovered" after having Danny. She thinks that Ben isn't ready to take care of a child because she still "buys his pants".[16] She and Tucker are the only ones who know Danny is in love with Riley.
  • Riley Perrin (Chelsea Kane): Ben's close female friend and Danny's best friend since they were little. It has been said that she was extremely overweight in high school and has since lost 200 pounds. She is highly intelligent, despite having some difficulty with the LSATs she did well enough to get accepted into law school.[17] She has liked Ben ever since they were young but only Danny initially knew. In the episode "Send in the Clowns" it is revealed that her mother was actually the woman she thought was her maternal aunt. In the episode "House of Cards," she mentions a sister, presumably her cousin in reality, who she "hates."
  • Emma Wheeler (Ali Louise and Susanne Allan Hartman in season 1; Mila and Zoey Beske in season 2; Ember and Harper Husak in season 3; Sura and Kayleigh Harris in season 4): Ben's daughter, who was left at his doorstep by his ex-girlfriend.

Recurring characters[edit]

  • Brad (Peter Porte): A handsome real estate agent who dated Bonnie in season 3. He has a twin brother named Tad. In the episode "Play It Again, Bonnie", it is revealed he still has feelings for Bonnie (to the point he got engaged to his ex Veronica to make Bonnie jealous). But, later in the episode, he realizes he needs to move on and is not ready for a relationship. On the season 4 episode "Parental Guidance", Brad proposed to Bonnie, with her saying yes.
  • Dr. Amy Shaw (Lacey Chabert): A psychologist for the New York Rangers and Danny's girlfriend in season 2. She's been described as uptight but also accepting and sweet. She cares deeply for Danny but is constantly worried his feelings for Riley will drive him away. She eventually realizes Danny still has feelings for Riley and breaks up with him in the episode "Surprise!". In season 3, Amy shows up and announces that she is engaged to another man.
  • Fitch Douglas (Matt Dallas): Son of a millionaire and Riley's boyfriend in season 2. Fitch does not speak to his family for he feels their money corrupts them. He is described as being perfect, handsome, and charitable. He constantly travels to Africa to help the children and orphanages, having a long distance relationship with Riley. He is seemingly killed in Africa but later turns up alive at his memorial and proposes to Riley. She regretfully declines claiming she is not the one for him. In season 3, he comes back and Riley attempts to make him her rebound to forget Ben, but afterward he leaves again.
  • Philip Farlow (Christopher O'Shea): A college professor whom Riley briefly dated in season 3. He broke up with her, however, after realizing she still has feelings for Ben.
  • Georgie Farlow (Mallory Jansen): Philip's sister who briefly dated Ben, but later developed feelings for Danny in season 3. She is a fashion photographer for Vogue magazine. She doesn't like Riley, but begins to accept her for Danny's sake in the episode "Foos it or Lose It". She breaks up with Danny via voicemail at the beginning of season 4.
  • Angela (Mimi Gianopulos): The mother of Emma and the ex-girlfriend of Ben. When her daughter was 3 months old, she abandoned her on Ben's doorstep. She's an aspiring actress who had since moved to California.
  • Megan (Grace Phipps): A day care worker whom Ben dated in season 2. She broke up with him after he almost lost her dog.
  • Ray Wheeler (Greg Grunberg): Ben and Danny's father. He is divorced from Bonnie and doesn't get along with her. He makes amends with Bonnie by finally telling his family that he's in a relationship with a man named Steve (Robert Gant). Bonnie is happy for him, realizing it's "not her fault" that they got divorced. In season 3, it was shown on old home videos that he had feelings for a waiter while the boys were toddlers.
  • Sondra (Rachna Khatau): A neighbor who's known for her talkativeness and instinctive high-pitched voice. She is first seen in season 2, where she attends Kayla's and Ben's playgroups. In season 3, she is seen as an overbearing board president, shutting down the rooftop beach but later gets voted out of the position by Ben, Tucker, and Danny. In season 4, she suspects her husband is cheating on her, and has an affair with Tucker.

Episodes[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

In New Zealand, the show premiered on TVNZ's TV2 beginning on December 14, 2013.[citation needed]

In Australia, the series airs on Fox8, with season 1 premiering 29 September 2013,[18] with season 2 returning on 4 May 2014,[19] and season 3 returning 24 August 2014.[20]

In the United Kingdom, the series began airing on E4 on February 16, 2015. The second season started on March 2, 2015.[21] Series 3 aired in April 2015.

In Serbia, the series airs on Fox Life. The first season started on June 15, 2015.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Awards and nominations for Baby Daddy
Year Association Category Nominee Result
2012 Teen Choice Awards Summer TV Star: Male Jean-Luc Bilodeau Nominated
Summer TV Star: Female Chelsea Kane Nominated
2013 Teen Choice Awards Breakout Show Baby Daddy Nominated
Breakout Star Derek Theler Nominated
Scene Stealer: Male Tahj Mowry Nominated
Summer TV Star: Male Jean-Luc Bilodeau Nominated
Summer TV Star: Female Chelsea Kane Nominated
2014 Teen Choice Awards Summer Show Baby Daddy Nominated
Scene Stealer: Male Tahj Mowry Nominated
Summer TV Star: Male Jean-Luc Bilodeau Nominated
2015 People's Choice Awards Favourite Cable TV Comedy Baby Daddy Nominated
Teen Choice Awards Choice Summer TV Series Baby Daddy Pending

Also see[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (March 28, 2012). "ABC Family has Begun Production on the New Comedy Series 'Baby Daddy'". TV by the Numbers. 
  2. ^ "About the Show." ABC Family. Retrieved 05-19-2012.
  3. ^ "On the Heels of Its Most Successful year on Record ABC Family Announces the First Portion of Its New Original Programming Slate". The Futon Critic. February 2, 2012. Retrieved May 19, 2012. 
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "ABC Family Sets Summer Premiere Dates". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  5. ^ "ABC Family Renews 'Baby Daddy' For Season 3". Deadline.com. Retrieved March 23, 2013. 
  6. ^ Baby Daddy, Episode Title: "The Naked Truth", TheFutonCritic.com
  7. ^ Bibel, Sara (March 17, 2014). "'Melissa & Joey' & 'Baby Daddy' Renewed for Season 4 by ABC Family & Network Orders 3 Drama Pilots". TV by the Numbers (Press release). Retrieved March 17, 2014. 
  8. ^ "BABY DADDY on ABC FAMILY Episode Title: "Strip or Treat"". TheFutonCritic.com (Press release). Retrieved October 23, 2014. 
  9. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (February 27, 2015). "'Baby Daddy' Renewed for Fifth Season by ABC Family". tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. Retrieved February 27, 2015. 
  10. ^ Bob Koherr (director), Vince Cheung and Ben Montanio (writers) (June 12, 2013). "New Bonnie vs. Old Ben". Baby Daddy. Season 2. Episode 4. 18:32 minutes in. ABC Family. 
  11. ^ "ABC Family's New Series Baby Daddy Casts Lead Role". March 1, 2012.  - ABC Family
  12. ^ Michael Lembeck (director), Frank Pines (writer) (April 30, 2014). "From Here to Paternity". Baby Daddy. Season 3. Episode 15. 18:00 minutes in. ABC Family. 
  13. ^ "Meet the Cast of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy: Tahj Mowry".  - ABC Family
  14. ^ Michael Lembeck (director), Kirill Baru & Eric Zimmerman (writers) (May 7, 2014). "Curious Georgie". Baby Daddy. Season 3. Episode 16. 02:21 minutes in. ABC Family. 
  15. ^ "Meet the Cast of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy: Derek Theler".  - ABC Family
  16. ^ "Meet the Cast of ABC Family’s Baby Daddy: Melissa Peterman".  - ABC Family
  17. ^ "Casting News! Chelsea Kane Joins Baby Daddy Cast". January 28, 2012.  - ABC Family
  18. ^ Knox, David (10 September 2013). "FOX8 premieres: Sept / Oct". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  19. ^ DHiggins (29 April 2014). "New this week on Foxtel: River Cottage Australia, The Americans, A-League grand final & more". Foxtel. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  20. ^ DHiggins (18 August 2014). "New this week: Louie S4, House Of Lies S2, Helpmann Awards, Here Comes Honey Boo Boo and more". Foxtel. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  21. ^ Munn, Patrick (February 18, 2015). "E4 Sets UK Premiere Date For ‘Baby Daddy’ Season 2". TV Wise. Retrieved February 18, 2015. 

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