NBC is launching a new comedy in February called “Growing Up Fisher,” starring J.K. Simmons as Mel Fisher, a blind man who has never let being blind slow him down — as you’ll in the clip, where he drives a car and wields a chainsaw.
The show is based on creator D.J. Nash‘s real life experience of growing up with a blind father and what happened to their family when his parents got divorced, specifically that it kind of “outed” his father to a lot of people as being blind.
“It’s based on my childhood. My dad went blind when he was 11 and hid his blindness from everyone outside the family for a long, long time. When my parents got divorced, he got a guide dog. … We went from him hiding this secret to him becoming a poster-child for blind people,” Nash tells reporters at the 2014 winter TCA press tour.
Fellow executive producer Tucker Cawley cracks, “Disappointingly, as a writer on this show, my parents stayed together and my dad could see, so I’ve had to overcome those challenges [to write for this show].”
Watch a sneak peek of the new comedy above. “Growing Up Fisher” premieres Sunday, Feb. 23 at 10:30 p.m. ET/PT after the Olympics before moving to its regular night on Tuesday, Feb. 25 at 9:30 p.m. on NBC.