Tony Danza's return to the small screen is imminent, as the famous sitcom actor is in the early stages of developing a modern reboot of Who's the Boss? with former co-star Alyssa Milano. The series is described as a sequel to the previous version of the show that was around in the late '80s and early '90s, featuring Danza and Milano reprising their roles as Tony Micelli and his daughter, Samantha. As of now, no other names are yet officially attached to the project, but the series revival is still just at the very beginning of the preproduction process.
Airing on ABC between 1984 and 1992, Who's the Boss? is one of the most memorable television shows from its era, managing to earn nominations for 10 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes. It was created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter and produced by the pair's Hunter-Cohan Productions. Set in Connecticut, the series followed Tony leaving his professional baseball career behind to become a housekeeper for divorced advertising executive Angela Bowers, played by Judith Light. The series also starred Danny Pintauro as Bowers' son, Jonathan, and Katherine Helmond as Mona, Bowers' mother.
There are some actors from the original that we shouldn't count on seeing in the Who's the Boss? revival, as Danny Pintauro and Judith Light have already opted out of reprising their roles for the revival. The two are also said to be supportive of the reboot, and they say they hope the creative team "finds a way to work around their absence." There's certainly a lot that can happen in the span of nearly three decades, and as it's been that long since we've seen what the Micellis have been up to, there are definitely many options creatively for what to have these characters doing next.
Sadly, Katherine Helmond passed away last year due to complications from Alzheimer's disease at the age of 89. Due to her passing, Danza had previously cited Helmond's absence as a big reason not to do the reboot. These sentiments might be shared by fans who remember watching episodes of Who's the Boss? back in the day, as Helmond's Mona served as one of the funniest characters of the series. Even with Danza and Milano on board, it still may feel like something important is missing from the mix without the presence of Helmond on the show, let alone those of Pintauro and Light as well.
In addition to leading the cast of the new Who's the Boss?, Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano will executive produce the revival alongside Norman Lear and Brent Miller. Danza also addressed the upcoming revival, confirming that it's in the works by tweeting, "Here we go!" Meanwhile, Milano also tweeted about the upcoming series. "I've wanted to share this for so long and now I can," Milano writes. "We feel the time is right to tell the story of where these amazing characters are today. Can't wait to share their stories with you. So happy." This news comes to us from Deadline.