Back in August we learned that the latest TV show from the ’80s that was about to get the reboot treatment was ALF. It made sense, since ALF ran for four seasons from 1987 to 1990 and spawned a cartoon, a late-night talk show, and Milhouse Van Houten’s favorite Pogs. But according to TV Line, the proposed ALF reboot is dead.
ALF was proposed to be rebooted by Warner Bros. Television with original writers Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco. It stands to assume we’d find out what happened to ALF after he skipped town for the colony of New Melmac at the end of the 4th season. That’s still up for interpretation, as TV Line reports that the reboot “is not moving forward at this time” after it failed “to attract a suitor.”
That’s fancy TV insider talk for not being able to land a network or a production company.
I can’t imagine it’s done for good. Just done for right now, maybe. And that’s a smart choice, because I just don’t think ALF could really work in 2018. ALF’s whole thing was being a high-maintenance menace while hiding out in The Valley from the U.S. Military’s Alien Task Force. A narcissistic alien with boundary issues like ALF would blow his cover the second he discovered the iPhone and how much attention he could get on Instagram by posting selfies with the family cat.