Mad About You just took a major step toward being revived with its original series stars.
Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt have just closed deals with Sony Pictures Television to reprise their Mad About Youroles, EW has learned exclusively. Co-creator Danny Jacobson is also on board to return. The deals follow months of negotiations to try to bring back the 1990s series, which aired on NBC from 1992 to 1999.
The next step is shopping Mad About You to a network. Given the rather spectacular ratings success of ABC’s reboot of Roseanne, as well as the solid performance of NBC’s revived Will & Grace, there are likely to be multiple potential suitors. NBC would be an obvious landing place for the series given its history on the network. But since the comedy wasn’t owned or produced by NBC, it’s not yet clear if it will end up there.
Last year, when asked about a reboot, Reiser worried the comedy two-part finale’s time jump already answered the question of what the couple would be doing today. “One of the things we did deliberately in the finale was that we jumped ahead in the future. We saw where they went,” Reiser told Variety. “Part of why we did that was to avoid the temptation of going back…When you watch a reunion (show), all you do is say ‘Wow do they look older.’”
But Will & Grace and Roseanne opted to ignore their respective original series finales, and their fans didn’t seem to mind (in the case of Roseanne, the series even pretended the death of John Goodman’s character never happened).
Ever since rumors broke that Mad About You might be in the works for returning, the stars have been regularly asked about their participation and have merely said they’re hopeful it might work out.