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Is the Fonz Headed Back to Broadcast Prime? One Network Is Holding a Spot for Him Deadline

The actor who played one of television's most iconic sitcom characters has a spot lined up for what would be a high-profile return to prime time.

Deadline.com reports that ABC has ordered a pilot for “The Winklers,” a family comedy from “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal and Max Winkler, the son of “Happy Days” star Henry Winkler.

The project, which is also from actor Rob Reinis, was created with Henry Winkler in mind, and although the actor who starred as the Fonz on "Happy Days" doesn’t have an acting deal yet in place, he’s expected to star in the pilot. Rosenthal will possibly direct the pilot.

The story reports: “It centers on an emotionally reserved construction worker who learns about love, life and hugs while unexpectedly living with his in-laws -- Henry ... and Stacey Winkler. (In real life, Henry Winkler has been married to his wife, Stacey, for more than 35 years.)”

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