Thicke Dad: Paula, Robin Are 'Strong, Smart,' Wants Them to Be Happy

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Wednesday, 16 Apr 2014 04:20 PM

By Ken Mandel

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Robin Thicke's dad, Alan Thicke, hopes his son and Paula Patton will be happy no matter what, but he has his own work to tend to with the debut of his new reality series.

"You won't see his drama," the elder Thicke told E! Online. "You'll see a couple of appearances, cameos by Robin checking up on me."

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"Unusually Thicke" premieres Wednesday night on TVGN and features the 67-year-old Thicke, his third wife Tanya Thicke, and Carter Thicke, his 16-year-old son from his second marriage to Miss World 1990 Gina Tolleson. The series is a hybrid of sitcom and reality show formats. The family interactions are genuine and the dialogue is unscripted, but situations that prompt the action are partially staged.

"It's real with a nudge and a wink," Thicke told "It's part-reality, part-sitcom. I never was so presumptuous to think that we're interesting enough to be followed around with cameras with no plan and have it at all be entertaining. My insecurity about that was, 'Let's have a story.' We tell our stories, but we'll do it in an embellished kind of way. We're not scripted, but we are plotted."

As for Robin Thicke, the "Blurred Lines" singer and his onetime teenage sweetheart announced in February that they were separating after eight years of marriage. They married in 2005 and had a son in 2010.

Alan Thicke hopes for the best.

"I hope whatever they decide to do will make them both happy," Thicke told E! Online. "That's the key thing. You want your kids to be happy. They're strong, smart and talented people and they'll make great decisions."

Another intriguing family situation will be included on the show: Robin Thicke's current mother-in-law, Ruth Miriam Callau, is under house arrest after being accused of murder in 2013 in her native Bolivia.

"We didn't deal with it on the show in a way we could get laughs, but hopefully we show how you distract and compartmentalize and deal with these things," Alan Thicke said. "But it couldn't just be ignored on the show."

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