Comedian Bill Engvall is ready to give reality TV a shot.
Fresh off a successful run on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars,” Engvall and his family have agreed to let the cameras document their every move for a new reality series, which will follow Engvall and his wife, Gail, as they prepare to see their two children off to college and return to life at home sans children.
“Engvall is teaming with 44 Blue (A&E’s “Wahlburgers”) to star in a docuseries focusing on his family,” The Hollywood Reporter revealed. “The potential series, which is in development and does not yet have a network attached, will focus on Engvall and his wife, Gail, as they approach their empty nest, provided their kids Travis and Emily don’t boomerang back home.”
Engvall and wife Gail tied the knot on Dec. 18, 1982. Four years later, in 1986, they welcomed their first child, daughter Emily. In 1991, their son Travis joined the family.
Although the kids don’t appear to have social media pages (at least not public ones), Engvall has spoken highly of his son Travis. In 2007, he told press that Travis was “a gift from the heavens.” And Travis speaks just as highly of his father.
In the same interview, Travis spoke of Engvall, saying, “He’s a terrific, very funny, kind, relaxed guy.”
Engvall has also included Travis, and Emily in his comedy routines.
“[Travis] can procrastinate more than any kid I’ve ever met in my life. When I tell my son to go take a shower, it can easily be forty-five minutes before I hear the water start running,” Engvall told the audience during Cheap Drunk. “He gets up in his bathroom, ’cause he has go to the bathroom again. And I don’t even think he has to go; I think he just enjoys the comfort of that seat. It’s like his La-Z-Boy rocker. He’s got books in front of it, and LEGOs.”
In 2004, Engvall spoke of Emily during his Here’s Your Sign Live! tour, telling the crowd that she scored a 1390 on her SATs, and joking that she wanted to retake them in an attempt at scoring higher.
Earlier this month, it was reported that Engvall had landed a starring role on a new TBS comedy pilot, “Do It Yourself.” If the series is picked up, it will be the second TBS show Engvall has starred on. From 2007-2009, Engvall was featured in a sitcom based on his life titled, “The Bill Engvall Show.”
On “Do It Yourself,” Engvall will play a laid-off math teacher who takes a job at a big-box home supply store after being forced into the blue-collar world.
When Bill Engvall and his family make their TV debut in the upcoming reality show, it won’t be their first time appearing together on television. In July 2008, the Engvalls competed on “Celebrity Family Feud.” During the episode, the family went head-to-head with Engvall’s fellow comedian, Larry The Cable Guy and his family.
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