TODAY | April 14, 2014
>>> alan thicke is an accomplished writer and song writer . he is perhapsed known for his role as dr. jason seaver on " growing pains ."
>> now he's back on television with a new seriesed call "unusually thicke", which he describes as a sitcom reality show about his family.
>> and in this episode, alan gets called out by his wife tonya for collecting swag at parties. take a look.
>> all right, honey, i've got to remove these bags from the counter.
>> i haven't gone through these yet. these are great swag bags, no doubt. thank you.
>> people with millions of dollars will line up for 20 minutes of time to get something free at the end of the night.
>> captain swag is here.
>> are you sure we need two?
>> no, we need five.
>> good morning, good to see you.
>> thank you, thank you.
>> i love this. what a good look inside your real life in hollywood. i love that you call it sitcom reality.
>> we're kind of a pseudo reality, quasi-comedy, semi-fictional fun fest.
>> rolls off the tongue.
>> yeah. kind of honey boo boo meets larry david .
>> a big in between there.
>> looking for that sweet spot .
>> where is the nexus of those two things? i'm trying to think that through.
>> unusually thicke, there it is.
>> crazy as honey boo boo , but as funny as larry david .
>> okay, so what do we get to see in the show? it's about your personal life as well. what do we learn about you?
>> it's a real family in a real life situations. but with a bit of a wink to a sitcom plot, if you will. so we deal with things that are really happening. i was inducted into canada's walk of fame , so some big shot celebrity tributes turned into a roast. there's another one where i am offered the job as the spokesperson for a male enhancement pill.
>> did you take it?
>> and of course, the family is outraged. i turn it down. and then david hasselhoff gets it. so outrage.
>> no! the hoff?
>> the show, we saw your wife tonya over there. she's standing over here to the side of the camera. i know there's a big question as well about whether or not to have another child? is that right? that's part of the theme?
>> that is an ongoing theme, yes. and you might have noticed, she's significantly younger than myself, and so the timing is completely right for her, and the issue becomes -- a real life issue, is it right for me. am i qualified still?
>> i have to say, i was a huge " growing pains " fan growing up. you look to me exactly the same as you looked then. don't you feel that way?
>> thank you. inside, i'm a wreck. none of my organs are working.
>> it's a facade. how often do you hear about " growing pains "?
>> always. and i love it. i'm happy that that's kind of what i stand for in a way. if i could have been a better person, i would have been jason seaver .
>> were you anything like jason seaver as a dad?
>> i think my own reality, my values, proud of what that stands for, because that's close to what i would want to be if i had 12 writers telling me how to be a parent all the time. but i think that's one of the reasons that i was anxious to do this show, because truth is that we feature my teenage son carter, and he wasn't born and my wife wasn't legal back when i was doing those shows. so to share the experience of a sitcom and the daily work, that was fun for me.
>> and of course, your other son robin.
>> robin, yes.
>> that kid.
>> yes, isn't he a caution. robin, god bless him. he pops in a couple of times to make sure i'm behaving. and lots of fun.
>> you've got to be proud of what he's doing right now.
>> crazy proud. raised the bar.
>> we can't wait to see it. thank you, such a pleasure. we love the orange jacket .
>> i would have disappeared on your sofa over there.