Martin Mull Lands Lead In Seth MacFarlane’s ‘Dads’

Martin Mull has landed one of the lead roles in Seth MacFarlane’s new live-action comedy Dads.

Dads, which will air on Fox along with MacFarlane’s three other series — Family Guy, American Dad, and The Cleveland Show — revolves around two video game entrepreneurs in their 30s named Warner (Thomas Dewey) and Eli. Both men’s lives are turned upside-down when their fathers unexpectedly move in with them.

Mull will play Warner’s dad, Crawford, who remains blissfully unaware of all the chaos he has wrought by moving in with his son.

MacFarlance will serve as a non-writing executive producer on the multi-camera comedy, which skipped the pilot process and received a six-episode order from Fox in January. Alec Sulkin and Wellesley Wild, who wrote Ted with MacFarlane, will also serve as writers and executive producers for Dads.

Martin Mull has most recently appeared in Two and a Half Men as Russell, a drug addicted pharmacist. Prior to that, he provided the voice of Father Donovan in American Dad. He is perhaps best known for his roles as Principal Willard Kraft in Sabrina, the Teenage Witch and as Leon Carp/Thurston Howell III on Roseanne.

Dads marks the third time Mull has worked with MacFarlane, having provided the voice of Mr. Harris in the Family Guy season 1 episode, “If I’m Dyin’ I’m Lyin.”

Thomas Dewey was clearly excited to be working with the veteran actor, tweeting:


— Tommy Dewey (@TommyDeweySays) March 11, 2013

While Dads will be Seth MacFarlane’s fourth series on air — and on Fox — the comedian is also working on a sequel to Ted, with Mark Wahlberg confirming that he would be returning for a second film.

“There is a Ted 2,” Wahlberg told Anderson Cooper in January. “We’ve already locked a deal and they’re off writing now. I’ve never done a sequel before but I just have so much confidence in Seth. He’s such a talented, funny guy.”

Are you fan of Martin Mull? Will you be watching Dads when it airs?

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