*You know him from HBO’s “The Wire” as the ex-con turned boxing instructor Cutty. Soon, a wider audience will get to enjoy actor Chad L. Coleman when he premieres in Fox’s new fall sitcom “I Hate My Teenage Daughter.”
The series follows two mothers who were never part of the popular crowd when they were in high school, yet their teen daughters have somehow become the mean girls that their moms always despised.
Coleman plays Gary, a golf pro and the divorced father of one of the teens.
“I’m the bread winner right now,” he said of his character at the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “I feel there’s a certain voice of reason to Gary as well; a certain since of order, especially with the routine of a golf pro. So I need to do things a certain way, and I get a strong feeling my daughter’s going to obliterate all of that.”
Not once in the pilot was a big deal made of Gary’s character being in an interracial relationship. His ex-wife Nikki, played by Kate Finneran, is Caucasian, and his daughter (Aisha Dee) is bi-racial. But executive producer Sherry Bilsing Graham said the issue will come up in future episodes.
“We will be seeing stories play off of that. It was deliberate [not to make mention of it early on] because it’s real and, you know, in your life,” said Graham. “We wanted to keep the characters and relationships real. And the relationship between Nikki and her husband, Gary, was a great one and a loving one. They keep falling back to each other even though they couldn’t stand to live with each other, which is true for a lot of people.”
Australian actress Dee, who also stars in the first several episodes of Fox’s upcoming “Terra Nova,” says her character’s bi-racial background was a selling point for the role.
“That was one of the things that actually attracted me to the show, because I’m half African American and half white so, you know, there’s not a lot of characters on TV who you can really look to,” she said.
In the bonus audio below, Coleman talks about the importance of him showing range as an actor after playing such a popular role on “The Wire,” and why he felt it was time to jump into a comedy.
“I Hate My Teenage Daughter” premieres Wed, Nov. 23, 9:30/8:30c on FOX. Watch the trailer below.