David Spade's lousy childhood has just paid off in, well, spades. NBC has ordered 13 episodes of an animated sitcom loosely based on the "Just Shoot Me" star's dysfunctional relationship with his father, report the Hollywood trades.
"Sammy," the computer-generated cartoon formerly known as "Peewee," will bow midseason of next year, with Spade exec producing.
The ex-"SNL" funnyman will also provide the voices of the two main characters: James, an up and coming star; and Sammy, his absentee father, who tries to reconnect with his family just as his son's career begins to catch fire.
Spade's ne'er-do-well real-life dad walked out when he was 6, and hasn't been a strong presence in his life. "He was the kind of guy who'd show up out of the blue with a dune buggy and be your hero for a year," Spade told "US" magazine last year.
"Sammy," co-created by Drake Sather ("The Larry Sanders Show") and produced by Brillstein-Grey Entertainment, is just one of a slew of animated sitcoms to which the networks have taken a shine. NBC recently picked up 13 episodes of "God, the Devil, and Bob"; Fox ordered eight episodes of "Gary and Mike"; and ABC nabbed six episodes of a cartoon based on Kevin Smith's 1994 indie flick "Clerks."
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