ABC Announces ‘Thirtysomething(else)’, Sequel To Groundbreaking Series ‘Thirtysomething’

ABC is looking more than 30 years in the past to find its newest series.

In an announcement made Wednesday at the Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena, ABC president Carey Burke announced the network has ordered a pilot for “Thirtysomething(else)”, described as a “sequel” to groundbreaking TV drama “Thirtysomething”, which originally aired from 1987-1991.

According to ABC’s announcement, the new series “will follow an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast reprised by Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston).”

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As the announcement adds, “Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents?”

The series’ creators and showrunners Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick will be returning to helm the show, with Zwick set to direct.

“The show became so deeply embedded in pop culture,” Burke said at TCA, reported Deadline. “Ed [Zwick] and Marshall [Herskowitz] have been approached many times over the years and have always declined [to do a sequel]. Three decades later, the young cast have now become 30-somethings themselves. Today’s 30-somethings are yesterday’s millennials, they are the first generation raised with the Internet, all of which provides a stark contrast [to the original].”

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