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Six is Enough

Mel Gibson plans ABC sitcom inspired by his family. He'll produce a show about a dad raising five boys

Mel Gibson | PROUD PAPA Gibson (at the ''Signs'' premiere in July 2002) will produce a sitcom based on fathering six children
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PROUD PAPA Gibson (at the ''Signs'' premiere in July 2002) will produce a sitcom based on fathering six children

You think there's a lot of testosterone in Mel Gibson's movies? Wait 'til you see his upcoming sitcom. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Gibson will produce for ABC a pilot loosely inspired by his own status as the father of six boys and a girl, except that the TV dad will have five boys, no girls, and no wife. Also, no movie star job; he'll be a blue-collar guy.

The series is the brainchild of Emmy-winning ''Simpsons'' scribes Julie Thacker and Mike Scully, who are married and have five kids, all girls. ''Mike and I decided to do a comedy about five boys because we have five girls,'' Thacker told the Reporter, ''and trust me, there's nothing funny about that.'' They pitched the still-untitled show to Gibson, who's a family friend. Said Scully, ''Julie's a very lucky woman to be working with the sexiest man alive -- and Mel Gibson.''

Originally posted Nov 05, 2003