As Ron Snuffkin on Sons of Tucson, Tyler Labine plays a financially strapped ne'er-do-well who poses as the father of three kids for money. Behind the scenes of the new Fox comedy, however, Labine bears significantly more responsibility.
"I never totally saw [Sons of Tucson] as clearly as when we saw Tyler Labine. When we found him, it was like, 'Oh my God. I totally see the show,'" says executive producer Todd Holland, who also directed the pilot. "Now I can't read our scripts without hearing him. He's such a specific voice and he so captures the lovable scoundrel."
Sons of Tucson (premieres Sunday at 9:30/8:30c on Fox) is about the three motherless though fiercely independent Gunderson brothers, who seek out a fake dad to act as their guardian when their real dad is sent to jail.
While finding a dad-for-hire proves as easy as walking into the local sporting goods store on-screen, casting Labine was a much more difficult process, as the actor was still starring in The CW's Reaper. "We had met with other people, auditioned other people and no one really popped for us as our Ron," says executive producer Justin Berfield. "Once we met him, we knew it was worth the risk. We couldn't imagine anyone else playing Ron."
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