Because you can’t throw a broken People’s Choice award in Hollywood without hitting someone working on a reboot or a revival of a successful TV show from the ’80s or ’90s, it was only a matter of time before someone would throw Cheers into the pile of possibilities. But one person you won’t see rushing back to the place where everybody knows your name (everybody but the always forgetful Woody Boyd) is Mr. Cheers himself Ted Danson.
Cheers ran on NBC for eleven seasons and almost 300 episodes, received 179 Primetime Emmy nominations, and spun off two other series (Frasier and The Tortellis). I’m sure a Cheers reboot would find some success on TV, but Ted isn’t interested. Ted talked about the possibility of bringing the show back during an appearance on Late Night With Seth Meyers on Tuesday to promote The Good Place. Seth Meyers asked Ted if he’d like to see a Cheers reboot, and no he would not. via The Hollywood Reporter:
“No. It would be a bunch of people in their seventies in a bar going: ‘What? What? A horse walked into a what? A car?’ That’s not funny. Maybe Cheers: The Old Age Home.”
Ted adds that Cheers wasn’t even doing that well when it first premiered back in 1982, and that they only reason it became popular was because The Cosby Show elevated all the other shows at the network. Ted notes that’s an awkward thing to say, due to the fact that Bill Cosby had been sentenced to at least 3 years in prison just a few hours earlier. Ted also points out that there were a bunch of great actors on the show, besides Cosby, that made the show great.
Ted is smart to not want to do a Cheers reboot, despite the fact that this time around, not having any connection to The Cosby Show would be seen as nothing but a great benefit. A Cheers reboot would mean bringing back the cast members who can do it and could use the work. Which would mean Kirstie Alley’s Rebecca Howe would for sure be in, and you know she’d find a way to re-write the script to better reflect where her “character” is at now in life. “NORM! Know what’s more satisfying than wrapping your hands around a tall, frosty mug of beer? Clutching the electrodes of an E-meter and confessing your wrongdoings. Here, let’s get you set up with one.”