The Buchmans are coming back, baby! It has just been confirmed that “Mad About You” is returning to television with members of the original cast, including Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.
“We are so excited to finally be doing this,” wrote Reiser and Hunt in a joint press release about the upcoming series. “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!”
The concept of the new “Mad About You” reboot is simple. Whereas the original sitcom focused on the newlyweds as they tackled topics like in-laws, sex, careers, pets, pregnancy and parenthood, the new series will focus on what it’s like to be an empty nester.
When we last left the Buchmans, Paul and Jamie had a little girl named Mabel. Now, she’s all grown up and off on her own. Her departure has left Paul and Jamie to navigate what it means to be partners after your job as parents has drastically decreased.
Since the show has ended, Hunt and Reiser have remained close. The duo has speculated for years about teaming up again to do a “Mad About You” revival. Seeing the success of the “Will and Grace” reboot made Hunt realize how much fun it would be to get the old gang back together again.
Hunt tweeted about the upcoming reboot, sharing a photo of her and Reiser in the original show. “LETS [sic] GO!” she wrote in the caption.
Reiser responded to Hunt’s tweet, writing back, “Oh, we’re going, baby!”
Oh, we’re going , baby! https://t.co/wSDUDKjqx5
— Paul Reiser (@PaulReiser) March 6, 2019
“I’ve been watching ‘Will & Grace’ and laughing so hard out loud,” Hunt tells People magazine. “They’re just crushing it. I have remained very, very close friends with Paul. Reboot or no reboot, we have lunch once a month. We really enjoy and care for each other. It was a very loving piece of work. We loved it. It would be fun to work on something that’s really about love.”
“Mad About You” first aired in September 1992 and ran for seven seasons, ending in May 1999. The show was a critical success, earning 34 Emmy nominations and winning 12. It also earned 13 Golden Globe nominations and won three (with Hunt receiving a well-deserved award for Best Actress in a Television Drama). The series took home a Peabody Award as well, a prize that honors enlightening and trailblazing media.
Are you interested in seeing what the Buchmans are up to these days?