‘Mad About You’ Revival Could Land Helen Hunt & Paul Reiser at CBS

While younger readers might not remember, for most of the 90’s, there was a sitcom called Mad About You. It starred Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt as the Buchmans, a New York couple navigating newlywed life. One of the sweetest shows out there, it’s been overshadowed by others from that time, like Seinfeld and Friends. But it seems it’s now on the way to revival-town!
According to TV Line, the revival is being pitched around Hollywood, and CBS seems to be the most interested player. The network is currently discussing terms with Sony Pictures Television, the studio behind the original series. It seems the new pitch has Jamie and Paul Buchman dealing with empty nest syndrome.
Last year, when doing press for season 2 of Stranger Things, Reiser revealed there were talks of a revival. Saying they were still looking for ideas, he mentioned something that seems to have dripped into the final pitch:
“To me, it’s interesting when I see my kids are growing and leaving the house,” he told People Magazine. “It’s like, ‘Oh.’ It’s like that moment when you get married. It’s like we’re in a new world that we don’t know the rules of.”
Mad About You was a pretty big hit when it came out, and an important part of the NBC Thursday night lineup. It racked up prizes during its tenure, including a Peabody, while Hunt won four consecutive Emmys for her role.
The show even shared a universe with Friends! Ursula (Lisa Kudrow), Phoebe Buffay’s twin sister, was a waitress at Riff’s Bar, a hangout for Paul and Jamie. Hunt and co-star Leila Kenzle even had a cameo in Friends, coming into Central Perk and mistaking Phoebe for Ursula.
Besides that, it brought some of the most iconic special guest stars ever seen on television. Some recurring stars included comedy legends Mel Brooks and Carol Burnett and musicians Cyndi Lauper and Lyle Lovett. And that’s without counting one-offs like Janeane Garofalo, Steve Buscemi and Ellen DeGeneres.
Mad About You ran for seven seasons, between 1992 and 1999. Let’s hope we get new episodes to see what’s happened to this great TV couple in the past 20 years. Maybe they’ll even bring back the amazing theme, “Final Frontier”!