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Mel Gibson plans ABC sitcom inspired by his family

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

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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.”