Mad About You, a popular sitcom that ended its seven-season run nearly two decades ago, is about to get revived, reports say.
It appears Sony Pictures Television Studios producers are in talks to bring back the show, which debuted in 1992.
The Hollywood Reporter, citing sources, says the studio has entered informal talks for a potential eighth season of the Emmy-nominated sitcom that starred Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser as a newly married couple in New York. Apparently, no deals have been offered, and no network is presently attached to the project. Sony Pictures has yet to comment on the revival.
Mad About You was one of the most watched shows in television during its time. It was a breakout hit for NBC, along the way collecting several Best Comedy Series Emmy nominations.
It ran from 1992 to 1999, earning a Golden Globe, a Peabody, and four Emmy trophies for Helen Hunt for outstanding lead actress. It makes sense for it to get the revival treatment studios are doing so often nowadays. After all, its season finale, like recently revived series Will & Grace's and Roseanne's, laid some pretty definitive groundwork for future stories, jumping 22 years into the future, which revealed that the couple had separated at some point.
However, according to The Hollywood Reporter, if ever Mad About You indeed gets revived, its eighth season would be set in the present day and follow the couple as their daughter is accepted into college.
News of the show getting the revival treatment isn't entirely surprising. Back in October, Resier himself said that he and Hunt had been discussing about it.
"If we can find the story to tell, and anybody's interested, I'd be open to it," said Resier at the time, adding that themes he wanted to explore included kids growing up and finally leaving the house. This was a different tune from the actor, who for years was apprehensive of a possible reboot, citing the show's finale as a resolution that had sufficiently tied the show's storylines.
Suppose the revival pushes through, it would make sense for NBC, where the show originally premiered, to pick up the eighth season. After all, the Will & Grace revival has proven a ratings hit for the network. Even still, other networks, or perhaps video streaming services, could pick it up — like Netflix, which is no stranger to revivals with Fuller House, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later, and One Day at a Time in its roster, among others.