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We've all noticed by now that reboots and revivals of popular TV shows from the past have become a major deal on television in recent years. So, what are the chances that Queen Latifah's '90s sitcom Living Single could come back? Well, she has an answer for you, and it looks like the chances are actually pretty good.
Funny you should ask. We're actually working on it. It's not there yet, but hopefully we can get it happening. Yeah, we're talking about it. [Getting the full cast] would be the goal.
I can hear the studio audience now, as a round of "OOOOOOOOOHHHHHHHH" works its way into uproarious applause right before we head to a commercial break. Well, this does come as a bit of a shock, doesn't it? Unlike most of these recent reboots/revivals, there have been no rumors of something new in the works for the Living Single team. So, Queen Latifah's words on Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen when a fan calls in and asks about the possibility, are the first we've heard that the folks behind the show are trying to bring it back in some capacity.
In case your memory is fuzzy, Living Single aired for five seasons on Fox from 1993 through 1998, and it was a huge hit, especially for African American audiences. The show focused on two households occupying a Brooklyn brownstone as the six friends shared professional and personal trials and triumphs. The first apartment was shared by Khadijah (Queen Latifah), the editor and publisher of a fictional urban magazine, her sweet and naive cousin Synclaire (Kim Coles), who works as her receptionist and Régine (Kim Fields), a boutique buyer who's a childhood friend of Khadijah's and is always on the lookout for a rich man to marry. Max (Erika Alexander) was a lawyer and college friend of Khadijah's who often stopped by to spend time with the ladies and the guys who shared the apartment next door, stockbroker Kyle (T.C. Carson) and brownstone handyman Overton (John Henton).
The show was popular enough that it was able to book many guest stars for appearances in episodes. Stars such as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Dean Cain, Morris Chestnut, Joyce DeWitt, Will Ferrell, Lou Ferrigno, Arsenio Hall, Eartha Kitt, Shemar Moore, Rosie O'Donnell and many more showed up on the series during its time on the air. Living Single also gave Queen Latifah, who was mostly known as a rapper before the show, a weekly outlet for her acting talents, which helped lead to her long career in movies and on TV.
Queen Latifah didn't lead on as to what, exactly, the new version of Living Single would be about. But, considering that she mentioned that the ultimate goal would be to get all the original principal players back on board, it sounds like this would be a revival as opposed to a reboot with new actors. The series ended with many of the original characters pairing up with their significant others and moving out of the brownstone, so it would be interesting to see how a revival would bring everyone back together and continue the characters' stories around 20 years after the show left the air.
We'll keep you updated on Living Single revival news as it becomes available. For now, check out our midseason premiere schedule to see what you can watch in the coming weeks.