Published April 24, 2008
A new reality show that could get the go-ahead on FOX plans to hunt down deadbeat dads and hit them up for the child support they owe.
FOX confirmed it has requested the pilot of the program tentatively titled "Bad Dads" by the network that has churned out such reality successes as "The Moment of Truth" and "Cops."
"We ordered the pilot for review — that's it," FOX Broadcasting Co. spokesman Scott Grogin told FOXNews.com. 3Ball Productions, of "Beauty and the Geek" and "For Love or Money" fame, is behind the project.
National Child Support Center Director Jim Durham will play the impoverished-mom savior/deadbeat-dad cop figure, according to The Hollywood Reporter. He'll track down the support payment delinquents and ultimately face off with them while the cameras roll.
The pilot will follow the story of a struggling mother and her high-rolling ex-husband, whom Durham finds and confronts at his country club, according to the Reporter.
"(Durham) calls them on the phone and gives them the chance to do the right thing," executive producer JD Roth told the industry trade publication. "Of course, those calls are never met with anything but yelling. Then he ... finds out what kind of assets they have and makes their lives miserable.... He will squeeze them until the women get paid."
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