The New York Times, November 13, 2019 Josh Evans, the actor best known for playing dad Jeff in The Office, has been cast as the lead in a family sitcom, according to Variety.
The series will be produced by ABC Family and will debut this fall on the cable network.
Evans, who has been on the small screen for more than 20 years, will play a family patriarch who takes his daughter to work on a construction site.
The show, which will feature original songs and other family fun, is expected to debut on the Disney Channel.
A trailer for the show, titled “Babies Are My Daddy,” was recently released online.
In a statement to Variety, ABC Family president and CEO Kevin Kay said, “Josh Evans has a long and successful history in family comedy and we are excited to bring him on board.”
The news comes just days after Evans, a family man, appeared in an episode of Family Guy as a dad.
Evans is the first family man to star in a sitcom since Will Ferrell starred as a father on Family Guy in 2011.
In addition to The Office and Family Guy, Evans starred in the film Atonement as the son of an abusive ex-husband.
Evans has also appeared in other comedy projects, including the TV series New Girl, which was renewed for a third season.
He is repped by WME and the WME-IMG-Reid Entertainment banner.
Evans joins a roster of stars who are being eyed for roles on ABC Family’s upcoming comedy family series.
In February, ABC family comedy veterans Tom Papa, John Stamos, Dan Harmon, and Paul Scheer were named to the show as executive producers.