'Growing Pains' Revival in the Works as Original Cast Wants to Honor Late Alan Thicke
“Growing Pains” is in the works for a possible reboot as the cast and crew are brainstorming a “workable storyline that will be respectful” to the sitcom’s family patriarch, Alan Thicke.
The well-loved sitcom from the ‘80s could be on its way after Jeremy Miller reveals behind the scene brainstorming ideas which prioritize honoring the late Alan Thicke, who was a father figure to the cast both on-screen and off-screen.
“He was my other dad, and I miss that connection, and he was the most loving, warm, caring man I’ve ever known to everybody. I miss that desperately,” Miller shared.
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He and his co-stars, Kirk Cameron and Tracey Gold, have been talking about the reboot and how Thicke’s character can be honored in the series.
“We’re still in the talks right now. We’re actually doing story creation and brainstorming right now. Kirk, Tracey, and I are in constant contact about it and are trying to put together a workable storyline that will be respectful to Alan and the cast and the history and everything,” Miller told Us Weekly.
Though he admitted the challenge they are put up with, Miller and the cast believe something good may come out of their discussions, given that paying tribute to Thicke is a big motivation for their success. Production companies will only be involved after a “good starting point” is put together.
Thicke died from a “ruptured aorta” on December 13, 2016, while playing hockey with Carter, his youngest son.
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Thicke played Dr. Jason Seaver, patriarch of the Seaver family, with Miller, Gold, and Cameron as his children on the show and was treated like a father in real life.
“What I miss the most is just being able to call him about anything. I mean, that was the case 25 years after the show. No matter what was going on, I could just pick up the phone to call him and tell him good news, call him to get advice, call him to just talk and see how he’s doing,” Miler shared.
Thicke died from a “ruptured aorta” on December 13, 2016, while playing hockey with Carter, his youngest son. Before his demise, the “Growing Pains” star was warned of his health on “Hollywood Medium with Tyler Henry.”
Henry informed Thicke that he and his sons should be aware of their blood pressure as it may be an issue once they hit a later age. He also mentioned dealing with “heart murmur or heart arrhythmia” during the show.
Among his other projects, Thicke appeared on “The Love Boat” with Bruce Jenner, Betty White, and Joan Collins, having different storylines per week and different characters as well.