The hit NBC sitcom Mad About You is gearing up for a new present-day revival, bringing back stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt to reprise their roles as Paul Buchman and Jamie Stemple Buchman, respectively. Paul Reiser, who also co-created the hit sitcom with Danny Jacobson, is reportedly "leading the charge" to get this revival off the ground, although reps for Sony declined to comment. Paul Reiser himself hinted that a revival may happen earlier this year, while doing press for Stranger Things Season 2. Here's what he had to say during an interview with People.
"If we can find the story to tell, and anybody's interested, I'd be open to it. To me, it's interesting when I see my kids are growing and leaving the house. It's like, 'Oh.' It's like that moment when you get married. It's like we're in a new world that we don't know the rules of."
Sources claim that the show would revolve around Paul and Jamie now trying to deal with "empty nest syndrome," after their 17-year-old daughter Mabel gets admitted into college. This is quite the stark reversal from Paul Reiser's previous stance on bringing back the series. Part of this was due to the fact that the series finale ended with a flash-forward to 22 years into the future, with the actor-creator revealing that the reason behind the flash-forward was so that both he and Helen Hunt, "never get tempted to come back."
The original series ran for seven seasons and 162 episodes, between 1992 and 1999, following the trials and tribulations of Paul and Jamie Buchman, a recently-married couple living in New York City. The original series cast also includes John Pankow as Ira Buchman, Paul's cousin, Anne Ramsay as Lisa, Jamie's older sister, Leila Kenzle as Fran Devanow, Jamie's best friend, Cynthia Harris and Louis Zorich as Paul's parents, Burt and Sylvia Buchman and Richard Kind as Dr. Mark Devanow, Fran's ex-husband. There is no indication quite yet as to whether or not any of these actors are being sought to reprise their roles, but since it is a present-day revival, it's certainly possible.
What's interesting is that, as of now, NBC is not involved in these discussions for the Mad About You revival, despite the network finding success with its Will & Grace revival, which has already been picked up for a second season. TV Line broke the news today, alhtough since this project is still in early stages of negotiations, it's possible we may not know anything more for quite some time, until the deals have been finalized.