It would appear that we’re two steps closer to NBC’s possible Mad About You revival that was hinted last year. We already know there’s no way we’re getting the show’s biggest star back, Murray the Dog, because he’s currently hanging out with the dog from Frasier in heaven. But it looks like NBC has secured the second-biggest draws to the show, Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser.
Deadline says they’ve been told that after several months worth of “talks,” Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser have closed their deals with Sony Pictures TV to return as Jamie Stemple Buchman and Paul Buchman. Paul’s return probably isn’t that much of a surprise, considering he was the co-creator of Mad About You. This newest version of Mad About You takes place in present day, with Jamie and Paul dealing with empty nest syndrome after their 17-year-old daughter Mabel goes to college.
Helen was on Ellen yesterday, and she didn’t exactly play coy about the possibility of this thing happening. She says it’s not for sure yet, but she’s been meeting with Paul Reiser a lot, talking about “how to make it and not wreck it.” She adds that she “really hopes” that it happens. Um, it’s a sitcom from the 90s about white people from one of the big three networks; of course it’s going to happen. With that being said, what is taking Hollywood so long to revive The Nanny?!
I’m just curious about how all of this is going to work. There’s no point in having a revival if you can’t get at least half the characters back from the original, especially the good ones. There’s been no word so far if we’re also going to see Hank Azaria (which would only make sense if Jamie and Paul get another dog), or Lisa Kudrow as Phoebe’s evil, identity-thieving amateur porn star sister Ursula Buffay. I feel like Lisa is almost too good for this, but that doesn’t mean I don’t want to see her on Mad About You 2.0. I’ll take whatever I can get while I’m patiently waiting for that elusive third season of The Comeback.