'Mad About You' revival signs two major lead stars
There are a couple of shows that were so good and attracted so many people that everyone would like to see a revival of it. Mad About You is one of them.
After many months of rumors regarding a revival of the show, Sony Pictures Television contacted most of its stars to ask if they wanted to work on it. Pop Culture reported that Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt just signed on.
Not only the series’ lead stars agreed to work on it, but also its co-creator, Danny Jacobson did it. While it is almost 100% sure the show will start shooting sooner rather than later, Sony must find a network that airs it.
NBC, which originally took the series to people’s TV, is not interested in it, which means that any other entertainment network would get its rights.
Mad About You ran from 1992 to 1999 and it was created by Reiser and Jacobson. Reiser took the role of Paul Buchman, a documentary filmmaker, while Jacobson stayed behind the camera.
Reiser co-star was Hunt, who portrayed Jamie ‘James’ Buchman, a PR specialist. Her performance was so good that she won Emmy Awards four years in a row for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series.
One of the aspects of the series that kept in people’s mind was how they time-jump in the future to see what the characters were like on its finale. Reiser confessed that it was a deliberate move with a clear purpose.
‘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.”’
Paul Reiser, Pop Culture, April 12, 2018.
The truth is that they might do the same thing Roseanne and Will & Grace did for their revivals: to ignore their original series finales. Hunt confessed that she loved the Will & Grace revival, which might be one of the reasons she chose to work in Mad About You.
She pointed out that it would be fun to work on the revival even though they will be older. Hunt finally admitted she was not prepared for their older characters, but hoped the audience was.