Television has brought back a number of classic comedies for reboots and revivals in recent years, ranging from the short-lived Roseanne to Will & Grace to even Mad About You. Now, a comedy that spanned the mid-1980s to the early 1990s is on the way back, with some original cast members on board. Who's the Boss? is getting a sequel series, and there are some familiar faces along for the ride.
Original series star Tony Danza will reprise his role as Tony Micelli for a revival set 30 years after where the show left off, and his on-screen daughter Alyssa Milano will be back as well. Although no other cast members have been announced for the revival at the time of writing, Deadline reports Judith Light and Danny Pintauro are "supportive" of the revival, and "the hope" is to find ways to include Angela and Jonathan into new episodes. Katherine Helmond, who played Mona, died in February of 2019.
For the revival, Alyssa Milano's Samantha Micelli is a single mom living in the same house where the original series was set. Hey, it worked for Fuller House and The Conners, so why not? The new version of the old Who's the Boss? classic will explore a modern family in 2020, including generational differences and different parenting methods.
The project is currently in development at Sony Pictures Television, so a lot is still up in the air at the moment. The Who's the Boss? revival will be shopped to buyers down the line, along with the chance to license the original series, which ran for 196 episodes in eight seasons on ABC between 1984-1992. Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are also attached to the sequel series as executive producers.
Both stars didn't waste any time in sharing their feelings on social media about reprising their roles. Taking to Instagram, Alyssa Milano chose a Who's the Boss? image featuring both her and Tony Danza to go along with her reaction to the revival:
Considering the success of other revivals, including Fuller House and The Conners with the similar premises of an adult single mom returning to her old stomping grounds, Alyssa Milano's comment that "the time is right" is likely very true. For fans of the original series, a revival can bring back some of what was popular the first time around, and perhaps attract a new generation of viewers.
As for Tony Danza, he took to Twitter to share his feelings about returning to Who's the Boss? He first posted that he's "Excited to bring The Micelli family back to television!" and then shared some choice photos from the original run of the series, showing Alyssa Milano as she grew up on the show:
If you want to relive the early days of Who's the Boss? or check out the series for the first time, you can find the first two seasons streaming on IMDb TV, via Amazon and other platforms. Viewers may have to wait until the revival finds a home for the full eight seasons to be licensed for streaming, but there are plenty of other streaming options in the meantime.