Council of Dads (TV series)

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Council of Dads
Council of Dads (TV series) Title Card.png
Genre
Created byJoan Rater & Tony Phelan
Inspired byThe Council of Dads
by Bruce Feiler
Starring
Music byFil Eisler
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s)
Cinematography
  • Jonathan Brown
  • Todd A. Dos Reis
Editor(s)
  • Philip Fowler
  • Nicole Artzer
  • Farrel Jane Levy
  • Jamin Bricker
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseMarch 24 (2020-03-24) –
July 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)
External links
Website

Council of Dads is an American drama television series is inspired by the book The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler, developed by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, that premiered on NBC as part of the 2019–20 television season, on March 24, 2020.[1][2][3] In June 2020, the series was canceled after one season.[4]

Premise[edit]

Cancer patient Scott Perry worries about his five children growing up without his help and advice. He and his wife Robin recruit three friends to act as a "council of dads" to be father figures to his children.[5] Scott dies and his loved ones form an expanded chosen family.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Special guest stars[edit]

Recurring[edit]

  • Lindsey Blackwell as Tess, Oliver and Peter's daughter
  • Kevin Daniels as Peter Richards, Oliver's husband and Tess' other father
  • Hilarie Burton as Margot

Episodes[edit]

No.Title [8]Directed byWritten byOriginal air date [8]U.S viewers
(millions)
1"Pilot"James StrongJoan Rater & Tony PhelanMarch 24, 2020 (2020-03-24)3.75[9]
2"I'm Not Fine"James StrongJoan Rater & Tony PhelanApril 30, 2020 (2020-04-30)2.01[10]
3"Who Do You Wanna Be?"Jonathan BrownTia NapolitanoMay 7, 2020 (2020-05-07)2.98[11]
4"The Sixth Stage"Christopher MisianoBert V. RoyalMay 14, 2020 (2020-05-14)2.78[12]
5"Tradition!"Lily MariyeImogen BinnieMay 28, 2020 (2020-05-28)2.74[13]
6"Heart Medicine"Geary McLeodPamela Garcia RooneyJune 4, 2020 (2020-06-04)2.78[14]
7"The Best-Laid Plans"Nicole RubioJason WilbornJune 11, 2020 (2020-06-11)2.75[15]
8"Dear Dad"Benny BoomDavid GouldJune 18, 2020 (2020-06-18)2.73[16]
9"Stormy Weather"Jonathan BrownHeather RobbJune 25, 2020 (2020-06-25)2.94[17]
10"Fight or Flight"Tony PhelanJoan Rater & Tony PhelanJuly 2, 2020 (2020-07-02)2.75[18]

Production[edit]

Development[edit]

On January 14, 2019, it was announced that NBC had given the production a pilot order under the name Council of Dads. The pilot was written by Joan Rater and Tony Phelan who executive produces alongside Jerry Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman, KristieAnne Reed and producers are James Oh, Bruce Feiler.[19] Production companies involved with the pilot include Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Midwest Livestock Productions and Universal Television.[20] On May 7, 2019, it was announced that the production had been given a series order.[5] A few days later, it was announced that the series would premiere as a mid-season replacement in the spring of 2020.[21] On January 11, 2020 it was announced that the series would premiere on March 10, 2020.[2] On February 26, 2020, the premiere date was moved to March 24, 2020.[3] On June 25, 2020, NBC canceled the series after one season.[4]

Casting[edit]

In February 2019, it was announced that Sarah Wayne Callies and Clive Standen had been cast in the pilot's lead roles.[22][23] Alongside the pilot's order announcement, in March 2019 it was reported that Michael O'Neill, Steven Silver, and Emjay Anthony had joined the cast.[24]

Filming[edit]

The series was filmed in Savannah, Georgia.[25]

Reception[edit]

Critical response[edit]

On Rotten Tomatoes, the series has an approval rating of 50% based on 10 reviews, with an average rating of 5.8/10. The website's critical consensus reads, "Council of Dads's talented cast tries its best, but its first season is too superficial to make the emotional moves necessary to really connect."[26] On Metacritic, it has a weighted average score of 53 out of 100 based on 5 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[27]

Ratings[edit]

Viewership and ratings per episode of Council of Dads
No. Title Air date Rating/share
(18–49)
Viewers
(millions)
DVR
(18–49)
DVR viewers
(millions)
Total
(18–49)
Total viewers
(millions)
1 "Pilot" March 24, 2020 0.7/2 3.75 0.2 1.16 0.9 4.91[9]
2 "I'm Not Fine" April 30, 2020 0.3/1 2.01 0.2 1.22 0.5 3.23[10]
3 "Who Do You Wanna Be?" May 7, 2020 0.4/1 2.98 0.1 0.72 0.5 3.70[11]
4 "The Sixth Stage" May 14, 2020 0.4/1 2.78 0.2 0.83 0.5 3.59[12]
5 "Tradition!" May 28, 2020 0.4/2 2.74 0.1 0.95 0.6 3.69[13]
6 "Heart Medicine" June 4, 2020 0.4/2 2.78 0.2 0.93 0.5 3.66[14]
7 "The Best-Laid Plans" June 11, 2020 0.3/2 2.75 0.2 0.92 0.4 2.90[15]
8 "Dear Dad" June 18, 2020 0.3/2 2.73 0.2 0.87 0.5 3.60[16]
9 "Stormy Weather" June 25, 2020 0.4/2 2.94 0.1 0.69 0.5 3.63[17]
10 "Fight or Flight" July 2, 2020 0.3/2 2.75 0.1 0.68 0.5 3.42[18]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ausiello, Michael (May 12, 2019). "NBC Fall Schedule: Manifest Held for Midseason, Good Place 'Promoted'". TVLine. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  2. ^ a b Haithman, Diane (January 11, 2020). "'Council Of Dads' Team Announces Premiere Date & Addresses 'This Is Us' Comparisons – TCA". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 20, 2020.
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie; Petski, Denise (February 26, 2020). "'Council Of Dads' Premiere Pushed Back By Two Weeks On NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (June 25, 2020). "Council of Dads Cancelled at NBC". TVLine. Retrieved June 25, 2020.
  5. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (May 7, 2019). "'Council Of Dads' Drama Picked Up To Series By NBC". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
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  9. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (March 25, 2020). "Tuesday Final Ratings: 'FBI' and 'FBI: Most Wanted' Crossover on CBS Results in Series-High Viewerships for Both Dramas". Programming Insider. Archived from the original on April 23, 2020.
  10. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (May 1, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Parks & Recreation' Special Posts NBC's Best Adults 18-49 Rating in Time Slot with Sitcom Programming in Three Years". Programming Insider. Archived from the original on June 13, 2020.
  11. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (May 9, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: ABC and CBS Share Top Prime Time Honors". Programming Insider. Archived from the original on June 13, 2020.
  12. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (May 15, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'How to Get Away with Murder' on ABC Delivers its Best Figures in More Than One Year with Series Finale". Archived from the original on June 5, 2020.
  13. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (June 1, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: ABC Tops Prime Time in All Key Figures with All-Game Program Lineup". Archived from the original on June 13, 2020.
  14. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (June 6, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Who Wants to Be a Millionaire' Season Finale on ABC Tops All Prime Time Telecasts in Viewers and All Key Adult Demos". Archived from the original on June 7, 2020.
  15. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (June 14, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Don't' Series Premiere on ABC is Top Prime Time Telecast in Adults 18-49 and 25-54". Archived from the original on June 14, 2020.
  16. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (June 19, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Top Chef: All-Stars L.A.' on Bravo Rises to Season-High in Total Viewers with Season Finale". Archived from the original on June 21, 2020.
  17. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (June 28, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Revenge Prank' Series Premiere on MTV with Decent Retention from 'Double Shot at Love' Lead-In". Archived from the original on June 29, 2020.
  18. ^ a b Douglas Pucci (July 12, 2020). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Flipping Across America' Debut on HGTV Leads its Hour in Total Viewers Among Original Non-News Cable Telecasts". Archived from the original on July 13, 2020.
  19. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 15, 2019). "'Council Of Dads' Drama From Joan Rater & Tony Phelan Gets NBC Pilot Order". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  20. ^ Turchiano, Danielle; Turchiano, Danielle (May 8, 2019). "NBC Orders 'Council of Dads' to Series". Variety. Retrieved September 24, 2019.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie; Patten, Dominic (May 12, 2019). "NBC Fall 2019-20 Schedule: Not A Lot Of Change For Top-Rated Network, 'Will & Grace' & 'Manifest' Held For Midseason". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  22. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2019). "Sarah Wayne Callies To Star In NBC Pilot 'Council Of Dads'; Michele Weaver & J. August Richards Also Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  23. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 26, 2019). "'Taken's Clive Standen To Co-Star In NBC Drama Pilot 'Council Of Dads'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  24. ^ Petski, Denise (March 7, 2019). "'Council Of Dads': Michael O'Neill, Steven Silver, Emjay Anthony Join NBC Drama Pilot". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved June 25, 2019.
  25. ^ Harvey, Jeremy (March 23, 2020). "NBC's 'Council of Dads' Puts Savannah in the Spotlight". Visit Savannah. Retrieved April 30, 2020.
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  27. ^ "Council of Dads: Season 1". Metacritic. Retrieved March 25, 2020.

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