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It’s
October 2009, and it’s entirely possible that by the time you see the episode
filming this day of Fox’s new “Sons of Tucson,” premiering Sunday, March 14, at
least one of the boys in the cast will have sprouted to 6 feet tall – unless
the dog eats him first.

 

Just
kidding – the only real dog on set this day is a well-trained German shepherd
painted black to play a wolf. There’s also a fake dog covered in black cloth with
jagged white teeth and scary goggle eyes, but it’s probably harmless.

 

There are
also toaster waffles, but first, a few details.

 

“Sons of
Tucson”
stars Tyler Labine (“Reaper,” “Invasion”) as Ron Snuffkin, an employee
at a big-box retail store who signs on to play dad for three motherless
brothers – control-freak middle kid Gary (Frank Dolce), smooth eldest brother
Brandon (Matthew Levy) and the youngest, Robby (Benjamin Stockham), who may
have criminal tendencies – whose real dad, a financier, is in jail.

 

The boys
take up residence in a Tucson, Ariz., investment property owned by their
father, who set up Snuffkin in the toolshed on the condition that he’ll pretend
to be their dad when necessary (for a price).

 

Among the
show’s executive producers is Justin Berfield, formerly known as the
second-oldest brother on Fox’s “Malcolm in the Middle” (many of that show’s crew
now work on “Tucson“).

 

Perched on
a blue bench in the fake backyard of the house set in Santa Clarita, Calif.
(next to
Sons_of_Tucson_Benjamin_Stockham_Frank_Dolce_Matthew_Levy_Tyler_Labine.jpg the spooky fake dog), Berfield says, “I don’t really consider myself
the big boss, but that’s the title they’ve given me. I act the same way I did
before – just be respectful to everyone. As long as everyone does their job,
hopefully we will have a successful show.

“That’s all
you can hope for. It should be simple. That’s my philosophy.”

 

Later on in
the toolshed, wearing Ron’s work uniform of an orange polo shirt, Labine
reflects on having his first starring TV role.

 

“I’ve
always been the second banana or third or fourth banana,” he says. “It’s an odd
transition.”

 

A friend
gave him advice.

 

Recalls
Labine, “He said, ‘You’ve got to remember that you’re not there to steal scenes
anymore, not that you do that intentionally, but you can’t go in every scene,
guns blazing. You have to really tell a story, pace yourself.’

 

“It’s a
very different thing, being the lead of a show.”

 

Dolce also
bears a heavy burden, as Gary
runs the family.

 

“There are
times where I feel like I’m constantly on them,” he says. “I know that’s my
character, but there are times when I feel that Gary should ease up. But Frank isn’t Gary – but we’re
similar.”

 

Levy, who
has definite teen-idol possibilities, plays the cool kid.

 

Brandon‘s easygoing and
laid-back,” he says, “but he does very well socially. Things come easily to him.
He’s a bit of a dreamer, and he’s always positive.”

 

Since Robby
has eye troubles in this episode, little Stockham alternates between wearing
shades and walking into things.

 

“I love
doing it,” he says. “I even did it when I was a kid, just to be fun.”

 

And he
really likes the dog.

 

“He’s so
fun,” he says. “They put baby food on my face, so he licks me now.”

 

The dog is
only a guest star, but the kids are permanent fixtures, and Labine’s fine with
that.

 

“I enjoy
it,” he says. “I love it. These kids are amazing. But every time I do get a
chance to do a scene with an adult, I get really giddy.”