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.”
Hello netters! On July 8, Alyssa appeared on the morning show “Good Day New York“. They discussed politics, Alyssa’s clothing line, juggling family with her career, Who’s the boss, and Mistresses! She’s getting a lot of the same questions as she’s been given in her other recent interviews, but it’s still worth a look. Enjoy!
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Hello fellow Alyssa fans! I only have a tiny graphic update for you all today, but I’ll hope you’ll like it nonetheless! I was browsing our galleries, and came across this set of “Who’s the Boss” screencaptures, which suddenly inspired me to create some graphics. The result is 20+ brand new icons! I tried out a softer coloring this time, as all our previous WTB icons are quite bold. I’ve attached some previous below – simply click them to view the full set!
Hello fellow Alyssa fans – exiting news for y’all today! Kudos to my good friend Mandy, we’ve now found the entire Who’s The Boss DVD Collection on DVD for purchase online! All 196 Uncut Episodes, 8 Seasonson, 17 DVDS. I hope to be able to order it myself, so that we can get screencaptures in decent quality from all episodes for the site. Head over to purchase your own copy.
Hello netters – ready for a truely amazing update!? I’ve just come across over 300 stills and promotionals of Alyssa as the utterly adorable Samantha in “Who’s the boss“, all in glorious high quality! These includes 43 super cute solo promotional photos, 47 group promos, 7 on set photos and 250+ episode stills.
I have also made screencaptures of another 3 episodes, picking up where I last stopped in season 2 – 2×16, 2×17 and 2×18. Episode 16 was especially Sam-centric, resulting in over 400 screencaptures! As always, these are not in the best quality, but they’re still definitly worth a look.
Enjoy this huge update nostalgic Who’s the boss fans, and stay tuned for more updates here today as our birthday celebration continues!
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- Who’s the Boss (1984-1992) > Season 2 (1986) > Episode 16 – The Babysitter x407
- Who’s the Boss (1984-1992) > Season 2 (1986) > Episode 17 – Jonathan Plays Cupid x147
- Who’s the Boss (1984-1992) > Season 2 (1986) > Episode 18 – When Worlds Collide x53
- Who’s the Boss (1984-1992) > Who’s The Boss – Promotional Photoshoot (Solo) x43
- Who’s the Boss (1984-1992) > Who’s The Boss – Promotional Photoshoot (Group) x47
- Who’s the Boss (1984-1992) > Who’s The Boss – Episode Stills x263
- Who’s the Boss (1984-1992) > Who’s The Boss – On The Set x07
And the galore of updates continues! I have added even more screencaptures from Alyssa’s breakthrough role as Samantha in the sitcom “Who’s the boss” for you today. These includes one of my favorite Sam episodes – “Samantha’s Growing Up“! This was a very Samantha-centric episode, which means a lot of pretty caps for you. Now, enjoy the screencaps, and come back a little later for more treats. I am sure all you nostalgic “Who’s the boss” fans are going to love my next updated as well… ;)