Warner Bros. Television is developing a reboot of ALF, the '80s sitcom which followed the adventures of a cat-eating alien living with a middle-class American family. Airing from 1986-1990, ALF, for some people, epitomized the trashiness of prime time television of the era. Nevertheless, the show became a huge hit and in 1988 even cracked the top 10 in the Nielsen ratings.
ALF was popular enough to spawn numerous spinoff projects, including an animated series, a Marvel comic, and a talk show that aired in the early 2000s on TV Land. Sony at one point even reportedly began development on an ALF hybrid live-action/CGI movie, though, nothing has yet come of those plans. These days, ALF remains popular enough to often be referenced in pop culture, most notably by the series Mr. Robot in its bizarre season 2 episode that saw Elliott escaping the pain of a beating by fantasizing he was in a goofy '80s sitcom.
With the TV revival trend in full swing, it's probably no surprise that Warner Bros. Television is reportedly moving ahead with development on a reboot of ALF (via Variety). No writer has been attached to the project and, as of yet, there are no official details about the reboot's storytelling angle. However, Variety reports that an idea has been proposed that would see ALF escaping from Area 51, where he has been held prisoner ever since the events of the original series, and discovering how much the world has changed in the interim.
The original ALF ended with a horrifically dark cliffhanger that saw the titular alien being taken off to presumably be terminated by the government. In the reboot, ALF would apparently get a second chance at life, and would no doubt once again take up residence with a regular American family and resume being a wise-cracking character with a taste for cats (though the character's sometimes problematic humor will need some tweaks).
The original ALF, of course, featured the character as a completely cheesy puppet voiced by Paul Fusco, who is still working and available to voice the character again. Though technology has advanced greatly since the original ALF aired, it seems unlikely that Warners would go to the expense of creating a fully CGI ALF for the sake of a TV sitcom, since a puppet would suffice. Fans of ALF wouldn't necessarily need to see ALF updated for the age of computer graphics, as long as the character delivers the same guilty pleasures he brought to audiences back in the relatively more innocent days of the late 1980s.