The “Mad About You” Revival Isn’t Good Enough For NBC

March 6, 2019 / Posted by:

All zero of you who were really hoping for the Mad About You revival to get the green light are in luck, as it did. The rest of us who scoffed at there being a need for Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt’s wacky, Murray the dog-less New York life in 2019 weren’t alone. The show was shopped around to major networks, and they all passed. If your revival isn’t led by a racist leading lady, you can high-tail it to glorified public access TV! But instead of NBC, its original home, Mad About You 2.0 will air on Spectrum – whatever that is.

The Hollywood Reporter says Spectrum Originals is only available to Charter Communications subscribers, so chalk that up to exactly one reason why I’m glad I’m shackled to Comcast. Don’t worry: there are 9,000 reasons why I hate Comcast. I’m sure it will grow to 9,001 when they retaliate against Charter and air an exclusive revival of Caroline In The City and raise my cable bill to $500/month to pay for it. Actually, I wouldn’t mind that either. OK, back to Mad About You.

Both Helen and Paul are coming back for the revival, which is strange since, uh, Academy Award-winning anything isn’t normally associated with something on Spectrum. Its best-known show at the moment is L.A.’s Finest, a cop show starring Jessica Alba and Gabrielle Union that was ALSO passed over by NBC. While the production team behind Mad About You tried to get it on a broadcast network, those talks went nowhere fast. That might have something to do with too many reboots and revivals and the ones that see the light of day not performing as expected. Sure, Roseanne started with killer ratings, but then Roseanne Barr went and reminded us why it’s important to not miss a dose of your lithium tablets (and maybe lay off the Ambien). Murphy Brown and Will & Grace haven’t been doing that well in the ratings department, but Paul and Helen issued a joint statement promising only the best for their show:

“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!

That’s lovely. While you’re at it, guys, can y’all do me a solid and remind me what the hell this show was even supposed to be about?


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