One of the most memorable and iconic television comedies is making a comeback. A sequel series to Who’s the Boss? is in the works, with original stars Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano set to reprise their roles as father and daughter Tony and Samantha Micelli.
The beloved hit sitcom ran for eight seasons on ABC from 1984 to 1992 and was nominated for 10 Emmys and five Golden Globe Awards.
According to Deadline, the new take on the show will revolve around the relationship between housekeeper Tony and his daughter, who is now a single mother living in the same house where the original series took place.
“In line with Norman Lear’s classic shows, the new comedy will explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting styles within the dynamic of a modern family in 2020,” the Hollywood trade writes.
Judith Light, who played divorced ad executive Angela Bower in the original, and Danny Pintauro, who played her son Jonathan, may also join the sequel.
Milano and Danza both took to social media to share the news.
“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,” Milano wrote, while Danza added, “Very excited to bring Who’s the Boss back to television.”
Despite TV reboots being all the rage, led by the return of hits like Mad About You, Will & Grace, Murphy Brown and a Full House sequel, Danza shot down talk of a revival last year in an interview with Good Day New York.
“First of all, I’ve never been a big fan of these reboots,” he said. “(But) no, can’t reboot (Who’s the Boss?) because we’ve got no Katherine Helmond, that’s why not. That’s it.”
Helmond played Angela’s man-crazy mother Mona Robinson on the long-running series. The beloved actress died from of Alzheimer’s disease on Feb. 23, 2019.
But Milano has always been up for a revisiting the Micellis telling Page Six in 2015 she even had a few plot lines already worked out.
“I think (my character Samantha) would have (her own) kids and Tony would be a grandfather,” Milano remarked.
Who’s the Boss? won’t be the only ’80s show getting a revamp. ABC has also announced plans to dust off a new versions of The Wonder Years, this time centring on a Black family, and Head of the Class.