As television’s reboot fever continues unabated, another fan-favourite sitcom from the 1980s is eying a potential revival: “Growing Pains”, which aired from 1985 from 1992 and starred the late Alan Thicke as a psychiatrist raising a family alongside his newspaper reporter wife (Joanna Kerns).
According to Jeremy Miller (who played youngest Seaver child, Ben), discussions have been taking place about reviving the beloved sitcom in a way that would pay tribute to Canadian icon Thicke, who passed away in 2016 at age 69.
“We’re still in talks right now,” Miller tells Us Weekly. “We’re actually doing story creation and brainstorming right now. Kirk [Cameron], Tracey [Gold] and I are in constant contact about it and are trying to put together a workable storyline that will be respectful to Alan and the cast and the history and everything. So it’s challenging, it is. But between the three of us, I think we may be able to knock something out.”
Honouring the memory of their TV dad, adds Miller, 42, would be of paramount importance in any revival. “That would be the motivation for doing it,” he explains, “it would be to really pay tribute to a man who was a real pop to all of us.”
As Miller reveals, Thicke’s paternal role to his onscreen kids extended long after the show went off the air.
“What I miss the most is just being able to call him about anything. I mean, that was the case 25 years after the show. No matter what was going on, I could just pick up the phone to call him and tell him good news, call him to get advice, call him to just talk and see how he’s doing,” Miller adds. “He was my other dad and I miss that connection, and he was the most loving, warm, caring man I’ve ever known to everybody. I miss that desperately.”