NBC has given a pilot green light to Council of Dads, a drama inspired by Bruce Error book from Doubt creators Joan Rater and Tony Phelan, Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Universal TV where Rater and Phelan has an overall agreement.
Written by Rater and Phelan, Council of Dads inspired by Feiler's best-selling memoir Father's advice: My daughters, my illness and the men who could be me . It is the story of Scott Perry and his family whose life is thrown into disruption when he gets a potential terminal diagnosis. Because of his mortality, he and his wife, Robin, gather a unique group of carefully selected friends to support their family and lead them through the ups and downs of life's many challenges.
Rater and Phelan Executive produce via their Midwest Livestock Productions with Bruckheimer, Jonathan Littman and KristieAnne Reed of Jerry Bruckheimer TV. Feiler and JBTV's James Oh serve as producers. Universal TV produces in collaboration with Midwest Livestock and JBTV.
Feiler's Council of Dads was released in 2010 by William Morrow & Company. It chronicles the real experiences of bestselling author Feiler ( Walking the Bible ), which was diagnosed with rare, life-threatening cancer in 2008. Fear of what the absence of a father figure would do for his young twin daughters life, he looked at his male fiends and realized that there was no one perfect for the job. So he formed a council of Dads, which consisted of six of his closest friends who went in to help him raise his daughters. Each had their field of expertise: homework father, outdoor father, etc. So the girls knew who was going to turn to a particular problem, as their mother's help was not enough. Feiler's history has had a good ending – he got full return, and the council was never fully activated.
The book was first adapted to television eight years ago as a half-hour comedy by Peter Tolan, who sold to Fox with a great deal of commitment and went to pilot starring Kyle Bornheimer.
Council of Dads was one of two sales on NBC for Rater and Phelan this season along with Trust, based on French language format Banking District.
Feiler, who also wrote and presented PBS miniseries Walking the Bible and Holy travels with Bruce Feiler, is