How Tony Danza’s son helped him play Josh Groban’s TV dad

How Tony Danza’s son helped him play Josh Groban’s TV dad

Tony Danza marks his return to the small display in “The Good Cop” as Tony Caruso, an ex-cop just lately launched from jail who lives in Queens together with his son, Tony Jr. (Josh Groban), a by-the-book NYPD detective.

The 10-episode “Odd Couple”-type comedy was created by Andy Breckman (“Monk”) and is predicated on a 2015 Israeli sequence. It’s Danza’s first starring sequence function because the short-lived 1997 NBC sitcom “The Tony Danza Present.”

Danza, 67, spoke to The Publish about his new sequence and in regards to the impression of “Who’s the Boss?” (1984-92), wherein Danza performed live-in housekeeper Tony Micelli, on his life and profession.

Danza (with John Carroll Lynch) on “The Good Cop.”Michele Ok Quick/Netflix“The Good Cop” has a jazzy really feel to it.Andy Breckman, who writes it, is absolutely the star. It’s his spark, and he sees it as jazz, as notes. He’s really stated that to me, that he kind of sees it like a tune, in case you change slightly phrase or notice right here or there. Once I acquired the script, I simply stated, “Wow.” The kicker was after they stated they had been going to forged Josh Groban.

You’re one of many present’s govt producers. Was it a aware determination to forged Josh, who’s primarily a singer?Andy Breckman was Josh’s champion. It finally ends up Josh is terrific. You understand what’s nice? I’ve an older son, who’s about 47. We now have this unbelievable relationship as a result of we’ve labored collectively and I find yourself [working] with my biggest pal. So I kind of took that and [applied it] to Josh and our characters and he purchased proper into it.

Does it get previous being requested about “Who’s the Boss?”Nah, I’m actually happy with it. It’s superb how a lot has modified in my life since then — marriage, wives, children. [Recently] I used to be getting a colonoscopy and the anesthesiologist says to me, “You understand, after I first got here to America I realized how one can communicate English watching your present.” The opposite day I had my tooth cleaned and [the hygienist] says the identical factor. Ironic — you realized English from me?!

Danza with Katherine Helmond on the sitcom “Who’s the Boss?”Columbia Footage/Everett CollectionI work with the Police Athletic League [in New York City]. We began a free appearing program referred to as “PAL Appearing.” We began with 12 children and we’ve acquired over 200 children now. I’m attempting to go city-wide with it. One of many issues I attempt to give these children … once we had been children, and when “Who’s the Boss?” was on, we knew what we had been imagined to do — as a result of in every single place I seemed there was a superb function mannequin. These days, you gotta search for the nice function mannequin. Keep in mind there was “Household Hour” on TV? You couldn’t present sure issues as a result of we had been excited about our youngsters, however we don’t try this anymore. They’ve simply grow to be customers like the remainder of us.

Does your connection to PAL have any affect on you taking the function as Tony Sr.?It was happenstance, but it surely definitely has an impact on you since you’re round lots of cops and also you gotta make ’em look good. Anyway, Tony Sr. isn’t actually a cop anymore — he’s an “adjunct detective,” as he says at one level.

“The Good Cop” Sequence premiere Friday on Netflix

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