One of TV’s biggest stars of the 1970s may be making a sitcom comeback now that ABC has ordered a new comedy starring Henry Winkler.
This would mark a return to primetime TV for the former Happy Days star, who played leather-jacketed Fonzie on the sitcom hit for 11 seasons.
According to Deadline, this new family comedy is based on Winkler’s actual family life, and will focus on his character’s relationship with his construction-worker son-in-law. “It centers on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws,”; says Deadline.
Winkler will also serve as executive producer alongside son Max Winkler and son-in-law Rob Reinis, while Everybody Loves Raymond“s Phil Rosenthal will be showrunner.
Winkler has appeared on various series as a guest star — including Arrested Development and Royal Pains — but this would mark his first TV role as a series regular since Happy Days.
ABC has given the still-untitled project a pilot commitment; if the network likes what it sees, the show could wind up on the ABC fall 2014 schedule.