September 17, 2012 at 12:00 PM EDT

On Nick at Nite’s upcoming show See Dad Run, David Hobbs (Scott Baio) switches parenting roles with his wife, becoming the stay-at-home dad as his wife returns to work. But the switcheroo is no normal feat for this entertainment business family. David was the perfect TV dad on a family sitcom for 10 years, and he quickly finds that fathering without a script is not all that easy.

See Dad Run — Nick at Nite’s first original live-action comedy series — takes the actor back to the same stage on the Paramount lot where he shot Happy Days from 1977 to 1984. Alanna Ubach (Legally BlondeMeet the Fockers) plays David’s wife, who’s returning to her life as a soap opera star; their kids are played by Ryan Newman (Disney XD’s Zeke and Luther), Jackson Brundage (One Tree Hill) and Bailey Michelle Brown (Paranormal Activity 3). EW has an exclusive first look at a promo shot of the family below:


While on-site for the promo photo shoot last month, Baio told EW, “Without [the writers] knowing it, [the show] is pretty much based on my life.”

Baio, father of a four-year-old daughter, has passed on examples from his actor-dad life to creators Tina Albanese and Patrick Labyorteaux and the show’s other writers, which have led to scenes in the show.

“Everybody’s job changes them to a certain extent, and my job changed me in ways that were good and some bad, so I was able to apply a lot of it [to See Dad Run],” said Baio, who is also an executive producer on the show.

NEXT PAGE: EW exclusively announces See Dad Run‘s premiere date

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