TV is mad about revivals at the moment (sorry), especially after Roseanne delivered huge ratings only to be swiftly canceled on account of its star’s online behavior and then revived again, as The Conners, but the proposed revival of Mad About You may not happen at all, according to star Paul Reiser. The idea of revisiting NBC’s mid-‘90s sitcom, starring Reiser and Helen Hunt as a married couple in New York, was floated not too long ago as a seemingly improbably idea, and yet, much like Roseanne, the powers that be saw potential profit in such improbability. As such, just a few weeks ago, it seemed as though all systems were go when it came to seeing what Paul and Jamie Buchanan have been up to since the show left them in 1999.
Progress had been made with Reiser and Hunt reportedly closing deals to participate in the revival and reports that it could air on CBS and not its original network NBC. Since then, however, there’s been little movement on the show, and that’s reportedly due to some behind-the-scenes entanglements with the studio.
In a recent interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Reiser spoke of the road block the revival has apparently hit, and stated that the problems are difficult enough he no longer thinks Mad About You will make it back to TV. Reiser said:
"It’s kind of stuck in the business end of it now. 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.”
That’s bad news for fans of the ‘90s sitcom, but Reiser appears to be taking the news in stride. After saying he and Hunt “ended [the series] the way we wanted to, we did everything we wanted to do, and we wrapped it up in a nice ribbon,” the comedian went on to say that if the revival doesn’t happen, it won’t be too big a blow.
"We signed up, and then it’s gotten stuck in the business end of it. 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."
These sort of roadblocks aren’t uncommon, but they do have a way of working themselves out. Though Reiser seems dubious that Mad About You will be coming back, the current popularity and success of other revivals might still be enough to push a deal through.
Source: Tampa Bay Times