Only a year ago, star Tony Danza ruled out any chance of one of the biggest sitcoms of the 1980s, Who’s the Boss?, ever getting a reboot. But he’s changed his mind.
Danza and Alyssa Milano played the mismatched father daughter pair Tony and Samantha Micelli at the heart of Who’s the Boss?, which averaged audiences of 33 million when it screened for 196 episodes on ABC in the US between 1984-1992.
Milano tweeted on Tuesday that “I AM SO EXCITED! 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.”
Danza also tweeted, in more muted fashion, “Here we go!”
This marked a major change of heart for Danza who said last year Who’s the Boss? couldn’t be remade without the late Katherine Helmond, who memorably played Mona in the original.
Deadline reported the new version of Who’s the Boss? will take place 30 years after the original, which centred around retired baseball player Tony and his relationship with daughter Samantha as he became a housekeeper to a wealthy family.
In the new Who’s the Boss? Samantha will now be a single mother, living in the house the original series was set in and the new comedy will explore generational differences, opposing world views and parenting styles a la 2020.
EW suggested that original cast members Judith Light (Angela) and Danny Pintauro (Jonathan) won’t be involved in the reboot, but were supportive of it.
Who’s the Boss? creator Norman Lear is behind the reboot and will be hoping to tap into the current voracious appetite for classic sitcoms, with the likes of Friends, Frasier and The Office still attracting big audiences globally.
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