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Mad About You - Limited Event Revival Ordered by Spectrum Originals



Limited Event Series Ordered by Spectrum Originals

SPECTRUM ORIGINALS PICKS UP SONY PICTURES TELEVISION LIMITED EVENT SERIES "MAD ABOUT YOU" STARRING PAUL REISER AND HELEN HUNT

PETER TOLAN NAMED SHOWRUNNER AND EXECUTIVE PRODUCER


"Mad About You" Will Premiere in Late 2019

Los Angeles (March 6, 2019) - Charter Communications' premium content initiative, Spectrum Originals, has picked up the limited series "Mad About You." The Sony Pictures Television- produced series will include original cast, as Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt will reprise their roles as Paul and Jamie Buchman. Peter Tolan is tapped to be the showrunner, and Helen Hunt will direct the first episode. Danny Jacobson, who co-created the show with Reiser will serve as an executive consultant. The series is scheduled to launch in late 2019.

"We are so excited to finally be doing this and thrilled to have Peter Tolan as our fearless captain," Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt said in a joint statement. "We promise you the same funny and heartwarming show - as soon as we can remember what's funny about being older. It's going to be great!"

"We are beyond thrilled to team up with Sony Pictures Television to give 'Mad About You' an exclusive home at Spectrum Originals," said Katherine Pope, Head of Original Content. "Two decades ago, fans fell in love with this show, and this time will be no different as Paul, Helen and Peter explore modern marriage through the eyes of two people who have just become empty-nesters. We can't wait for everyone to fall in love with the Buchmans all over again."

"We couldn't be more excited to work with Helen and Paul and to partner with Spectrum Originals and Katherine, to bring this acclaimed comedy back to life," said Jeff Frost, President of SPT, Chris Parnell and Jason Clodfelter, Co-Presidents of SPT. "It has been a labor of love for all involved and we think audiences will relish the next chapter in these wonderful characters' lives."

"Mad About You" is produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Comedy Dynamics. Peter Tolan will serve as showrunner as well as executive producer and writer for the series. Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser executive produce alongside Brian Volk-Weiss, Michael Pelmont, and Matthew Ochacher for Comedy Dynamics. Danny Jacobson, who co-created the show with Reiser will serve as an executive consultant.




It Likely Won't Happen According to Paul Reiser

Paul Reiser has some bad news for Mad About You fans hoping for a series revival.

"It’s kind of stuck in the business end of it now," the comic, actor and co-creator of NBC’s Emmy-winning sitcom said by phone Monday. "Sony is trying to figure out from their end; that’s where I just walk away and go, call me when you figure it out. I don’t know what happens at that level. They make their deals with whoever they make their deals with. So we’ll see if it happens. It may not happen. It likely won’t happen. My guess is it won’t happen."

"We signed up, and then it’s gotten stuck in the business end of it," he said. "It’s like, ‘You know, guys, I was very happy not doing it for 20 years, and then you invited us back. And now if you can’t make it happen, it’s not a big deal.’ Things happen, they don’t happen. There’s so many moving parts when you’re working with a studio or broadcaster."




One of the Outlets Being Pitched to Is CBS

Following months of discussions that producers Sony Pictures TV and stars Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser want to revive the former NBC comedy, CBS is among the outlets being pitched the potential reboot.

"It has been pitched; it is still being discussed," CBS exec vp Thom Sherman told reporters Wednesday, following his network's pre-upfront press briefing in New York.

While Sony is pitching and attempting to sell the revival, sources note that there is no deal in place and the indie studio is said to be aggressively shopping the reboot idea to multiple outlets.




Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt Close Deals to Return for Revival

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 You roles, EW has learned exclusively. Co-creator Danny Jacobson is also on board to return. The deals follow months of negotiations to try and 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.




Revival in Development

Sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter that the independent studio has had informal talks for a potential eighth season of the Emmy-nominated comedy that starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt. No deals are in place and a network is not currently attached. Sony TV declined comment.

Both Reiser, who co-created the series alongside Danny Jacobson, and Hunt would return for the revival. NBC, which aired all seven seasons of the comedy, is not currently in the mix for the reboot, which would be set in the present day and follow Paul and Jamie in the wake of their 17-year-old daughter, Mabel's college acceptance. (That would also indicate that the series finale, which jumped ahead two decades, would be totally disregarded a la the Will and Grace and Roseanne revivals.)


Multiple sources reveal to TVLine exclusively that Sony, which produced the beloved NBC sitcom, Mad About You, has begun informal talks with leads Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt about bringing the series back for a limited run. Reiser, who also co-created Mad About You with Danny Jacobson, is allegedly leading the charge to resurrect the show. A Sony rep declined to comment for this story.

According to an insider, the new episodes would likely revolve around Paul and Jamie grappling with empty-nest syndrome in the wake of now-17-year-old daughter Mabel’s admission to college.

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