One of the most beloved television comedies is making a comeback. A Who’s the Boss? sequel is in development at Sony Pictures Television.
Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are on board to reprise their iconic roles as Tony and Samantha Micelli, a father/daughter relationship that families around the world grew up with over the course of 196 episodes on ABC from 1984-92.
The show averaged more than 33 million live viewers per episode during its eight-season run on ABC and went on to be a big hit in U.S. and international syndication. Who’s the Boss? was progressive in its depiction of a modern family in the ’80s with a reversal of gender roles and stereotypes. The show was nominated for 10 Emmys and five Golden Globes.
The new show will take place 30 years after the events of the original series, centered around former Major League Baseball player/retired housekeeper Tony Micelli and his relationship with his daughter Samantha Micelli. She is now a single mother, living in the house the original series was set in. In line with Norman Lear’s classic shows, the new comedy will explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting styles within the dynamic of a modern family in 2020.
Original cast members Judith Light (Angela) and Danny Pintauro (Jonathan) are supportive of the new series, and the hope is to find creative ways to work them and their characters into the show. The cast remains very close to this day. The other standout cast member, Katherine Helmond (Mona), passed away on February 23, 2019.
The deal comes at a time when some of the biggest streaming hits are classic half-hour comedies from past decades, comfort food and a reminder for some of a simpler time. Series like Friends, The Office and Seinfeld are still huge draws and a redrawn Fuller House just completed a successful run on Netflix.
Who’s the Boss? is part of Norman Lear’s extensive library under his Embassy Communications banner that was sold to The Coca Cola Company in 1985 and is now owned by Sony Pictures Television.
The sequel will be Executive Produced by Lear, his producing partner Brent Miller of ACT III Productions and Dan Farah of Farah Films, who brought the updated take to Sony with Danza and Milano attached. Danza and Milano will also serve as Executive Producers.
The project will eventually be shopped to buyers with the opportunity to also license the 196 episodes of the original series.
CLOSER WEEKLY – Big news for Who’s the Boss? fans! In an exclusive interview with Closer Weekly, actress Alyssa Milano shared she would totally be down to revive the series, which also starred Tony Danza, Judith Light, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond.
“I think we’re all open to it,” she said while promoting her Touch by Alyssa Milano fall line at Macy’s in Herald Square last week. “You know, we kind of all feel a specific way about it, which is what we did in in 1983 was very forward-thinking — you know, it was a show about a single, divorced woman, mom, who was living with her very promiscuous mother, who also owned her own business, and that just wasn’t depicted on television at that time, and then she hired a dude to become her housekeeper, who was a single father — I mean, it was very progressive for that time period and what was on TV at that time, which was family sitcoms. So, really, I feel like we were like a Modern Family type of show, so keeping that in mind, I think we’d all be open to it if it lived up to what we did then.”
Alyssa also shared, “I still talk to everybody! The only person who is a little difficult to keep in touch with is Katherine because she’s not on social media or e-mail or anything, she’s in her 90s, but I still communicate with her over the phone and I just saw her — we did the Entertainment Weekly reunion issue and I just got to spend time with her in person, but yeah, we all talk.” When asked who she spoke with the most, she replied, “Probably Tony. He checks in all the time just to see how the kids are doing, he’s very sweet.”
Touch by Alyssa Milano merchandise can be purchased via NFL Shop. The Charmed actress couldn’t help but gush over her adorable new fall collection and shared, “I’m a huge sports fan. Basically, I just got tired of going into stadium shops and not finding anything I would wear outside of the stadium. There are so many female sports fans, so I thought if I was looking for this, clearly, even if 25 percent of female sports fans were looking for something like this, then it would be a success.”
Sometimes, in order to move forward…you have to go back.
Welcome to the Camp Firewood 10 Year Reunion! From David Wain and Michael Showalter, the filmmakers that brought the original 2001 cult classic and the 2015 acclaimed prequel series by the same name, Wet Hot American Summer: Ten Years Later is the hilarious new eight-part limited series starring the original cast, plus an all-star lineup of new cast members. 10 Years Older. 10 Years Hotter. 10 Years Wetter.
Returning cast includes A.D. Miles, Amy Poehler, Beth Dover, Chris Meloni, Chris Pine, David Hyde Pierce, David Wain, Elizabeth Banks, Eric Nenninger, H. Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Jason Schwartzman, Joe Lo Truglio, John Early, Josh Charles, Ken Marino, Kristen Wiig, Lake Bell, Marguerite Moreau, Marisa Ryan, Michael Ian Black, Michael Showalter, Molly Shannon, Nina Hellman, Paul Rudd, Rich Sommer, Sarah Burns and Zak Orth.
New cast members include Skyler Gisondo, Samm Levine, Mark Feuerstein, Marlo Thomas, Joey Bragg, Jai Courtney, Dax Shepard, Alyssa Milano? and — surprise! — Adam Scott.
ABC announced that they have picked up summer series, Mistresses, for 13 episodes for season three.
The ABC Studios-produced show stars Alyssa Milano, Yunjin Kim, Rochelle Aytes, and Jes Macallan as a close-knit group of female friends whose lives are complicated by relationship woes and illicit affairs.
Executive produced by Rina Mimoun, KJ Steinberg, Robert Sertner, and Douglas Rae, the series’ finale ranked second in the ratings for the 18-49 demographic in its Monday night time slot against CBS’s Under the Dome, and has maintained a relatively consistent 0.9 rating in that demographic throughout the summer.
Sorry for the lack of updates! I’ll be getting caught up this weekend on the few things the site is behind. Anyway, I hope you all had a chance to watch the the premiere of the second season of “Mistresses”. I’ve added screen captures from the first episode 2×01 Rebuild and I’ve added a few promotional photos of Alyssa from the show. Previews and gallery links below:
003 x Mistresses > Season 2 > Promotional Photos & Stills > Promos
479 x Mistresses > Season 2 > Screen Captures > 2×01 Rebuild
– Reality TV Series > Project Runway: All Stars (2013-2014) > 3×01 – You Got Punked!
Today I’ve added a few missing HQ episode stills of Mistresses season one in the gallery. I would like to thank my friend Claudia for these. The screencaptures will be added shortly!
– Mistresses (2013) > Season 1 > Episode Stills > 1×06 – Payback
– Mistresses (2013) > Season 1 > Episode Stills > 1×07 – All In
– Mistresses (2013) > Season 1 > Episode Stills > 1×08 – Ultimatum
– Mistresses (2013) > Season 1 > Episode Stills > 1×09 – Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner
– Mistresses (2013) > Season 1 > Episode Stills > 1×13 – I Choose You