Michaela Watkins (Laid Back, The Stall) and Veep Dan Bakkedahl to lead cast of Amazon Freevee series Dinner with parentsa remake of the long-running British comedy Friday night dinner, which is produced by CBS Studios and Big Talk.
In single camera dinner with parents, which has a direct serial order, two brothers in their twenties go to their mom (Watkins) and dad (Bakkedahl) for dinner every week and somehow get by without actually, physically, die of embarrassment.
Bakkedahl plays dad, Harvey Langer, a “daddy joke” in human form. He’s a suburban dentist trying to fend off a midlife crisis by wearing aloha shirts and playing in a garage band called the Spin Dentists. Desperate for attention, Harvey finds a way to get people talking every Friday night.
Watkins plays the mother, Jane Langer. She just quit a teaching job after 25 years and is now looking for her second act…and trying too hard to “help” her romantically troubled son David find a mate.
Jon Beckerman exec produces and serves as showrunner along with Big Talk’s Kenton Allen and Matthew Justice and UK series creator Robert Popper and Caroline Leddy. Tristram Shapeero will direct and execute the production.
The acclaimed British series starred Tamsin Greig as a mother and Paul Ritter as a father. It ended after its sixth season following Ritter’s death.
There have been several attempts to remake the series in the United States, including one directed by Greg Daniels on NBC, with Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub as parents. He moved up to pilot in 2012.
Saturday Night Live the Watkins alum stars alongside Julia Louis Dreyfus in Nicole Holofcener’s upcoming feature film, You hurt my feelings. Watkins also just wrapped up the Hulu limited series little beautiful things, opposite Kathryn Hahn. She is replaced by UTA, Haven Entertainment and Felker Toczek.
Bakkedahl’s most recent series credits include HBO Max Made for love, FX Impeachment: A History of American Crimefrom Amazon Loop Tales, by Netflix space force and ABC The Goldbergs. He is known for playing Rep. Roger Furlong on VIP. He is replaced by Gersh and Authentic Talent & Literary Management.