Fans of “Mad About You” have been anticipating the upcoming revival of the 1990s-era sitcom, following the wave of recent sitcom revivals such as “Roseanne”, Global TV‘s “Will & Grace” and CBS’s upcoming reboot of “Murphy Brown”.
Unfortunately, despite reports that stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt had signed a deal to star in a revival of the show, “Mad About You” appears to be DOA due to lack of interest from broadcasters.
“We signed up, and then it’s gotten stuck in the business end of it,” Reiser revealed in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. “It’s like, ‘You know, guys, I was very happy not doing it for 20 years, and then you invited us back. And now if you can’t make it happen, it’s not a big deal.’ Things happen, they don’t happen. There’s so many moving parts when you’re working with a studio or broadcaster.”
It was in April that Entertainment Weekly reported that Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt signed on the dotted line to mount a revival of the sitcom, but he doesn’t feel optimistic it will actually happen.
“Sony is trying to figure it out from their end; that’s where I just walk away and go, call me when you figure it out,” Reiser continued. “I don’t know what happens at that level. They make their deals with whoever they make their deals with. So we’ll see if it happens. It may not happen. It likely won’t happen. My guess is it won’t happen.”
If a “Mad About Your” revival does happen, he added, “it wouldn’t go to NBC, probably. In a dream world, it would be on a streaming [platform]. I don’t know if we’re going to do it, but if it did come back, I would much rather do it on a streaming platform than a broadcast.”
As TVLine reports, NBC declined to air the revival, while Fox and ABC also took a pass. Sources claimed that discussions were ongoing with CBS, but those talks have reportedly stalled.
In a 2016 interview with Variety, Reiser initially dismissed the notion of reviving the show. “One of the things we did deliberately in the finale was that we jumped ahead in the future,” he said of the series finale. “We saw where they went. Part of why we did that was to avoid the temptation of going back… When you watch a reunion [show], all you do is say ‘Wow, do they look older.’”
“The dream is to get to do it,” said Hunt. “I’ve been watching ‘Will & Grace’ and laughing so hard out loud. They’re just crushing it. I have remained very, very close friends with Paul. Reboot or no reboot, we have lunch once a month. We really enjoy and care for each other. It was a very loving piece of work. We loved it. It would be fun to work on something that’s really about love.”
Addressing the march of time — Hunt is now 54, Reiser 64 — she added: “We’ll be older though. I hope people are prepared for that. I’m not prepared for it!”