It looks like one more beloved television series from the 1990’s is well on its way to getting a present day revival. Fans of NBC’s hit 1990’s series Mad About You have cause to celebrate as stars Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser have both recently closed deals to reprise their roles as Jamie and Paul Buchman after talks of a reboot have been circulation for some time.
Reiser co-created the sitcom alongside Danny Jacobson about a documentary filmmaker (Reiser) and a PR specialist (Hunt) who portrayed the daily struggles of married life with a lot of humor. Reiser and Hunt had undeniable chemistry which seemed to really make the show work, garnering Mad About You five Emmy nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series during its 7 season run from 1992 to 1999. Hunt won four consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Lead Actress in a comedy series for her role as Jamie Buchman.
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Entertainment Weekly has now announced that Reiser, Hunt and Jacobson have all signed with Sony Pictures Television to help bring the series back to network television, over twenty years after it went off the air. It also notes that the show has yet to find a network, although given its huge success for NBC during its original run, it would be a safe assumption that the peacock network would likely throw its hat in the ring. The show is said to focus on the Buchmans in present day, as empty nesters now that their 17 year old daughter, Mabel, who was born during the last episode of season 5, has gone off to college.
Fans of the original show may remember that the two part finale actually flashed forward about 22 years in to the future, almost the exact time this proposed reboot would take place. It showed Mabel as a filmmaker, just like her father, and revealed that Jamie and Paul did separate for a time, but ended up reunited. However after seeing the success of reboots like Roseanne and Will & Grace, both shows which took creative liberties by ignoring many of the elements of their previous series finales, it wouldn’t seem odd for Mad About You to pick up wherever the writers thought would work best for fans.
This definitely seems to be the season of reboots, with many people choosing to embrace the nostalgia of seeing their favorite ensembles return to the small screen. Roseanne has been pulling in consistently solid ratings as has Will & Grace, and other reboots on the horizon like Roswell, Charmed, Miami Vice, and Murphy Brown have many fans eager to see how their shows will fare in present day. Clearly there’s been a bit of resurgence of hit shows from the 90’s and early 2000’s and it doesn’t seem like this trend towards reboots is slowing down anytime soon, despite many viewers yearning for more focus on quality, original programming and less on reboots.
There’s no word on when we’ll see the Buchman’s return to network television, but Screen Rant will make sure to keep you updated on all Mad About You reboot news.