Amazon is hoping to rekindle the magic that once made Who’s The Boss? a bonafide hit sitcom for ABC back in the 1980’s and early ’90s.
A sequel series that reunites lead actors Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano, who played the father-daughter duo Tony and Samantha Micelli, has been picked up for development by Amazon Freevee, according to a report from Deadline.
After premiering in September 1984, the original show went on to have a successful eight season run on ABC, which drew more than 30 million viewers at its peak, before ending with its finale in April 1992.
30 years later: A new Who’s The Boss? sequel series – starring Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza – is now in development for Amazon Freevee; the two stars are pictured on the set of the original sitcom in January 1987
MIlano, now 49, helped spread the news of the latest development for the new series on her Instagram page on Wednesday, June 28.
‘”Who’s the Boss” Sequel Lands at Amazon’s Freevee,’ she announced in the caption of the Instagram post.
Danza, now 71, posted the same screenshot of Deadline’s headline and wrote: ‘Excited about this! #whostheboss.’
The show will be executive produced by Norman Lear and his Act III Productions partner Brent Miller, along with Dan Farah, Danza and Milano.
Promo mode: Milano, now 49, shared the news about the sequel series landing with Amazon Freevee on her Instagram page on Wednesday
‘So exciting’: Danza, now 71, revealed he was ‘excited’ for the revival of the show
It will be written and executive produced by Mike Royce, whose resume includes co-creator/exec producer/co-showrunner for the Netflix reboot of One Day At a Time (2017-2020).
Brooklyn Nine-Nine writer/producer Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz will also serve as a co-executive producer.
For the reboot, Danza and Milano will reprise their roles as Tony and Samantha Micelli 30 years after the events of the end of the original series, which was created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter.
And like the original, the main focus of the storyline will be on the relationship between the former Major League Baseball player/retired housekeeper and his daughter, only now she’s a single mother living in the very same family house from back in the 1980s.
The comedy will explore generational differences, opposing world-views, and parenting styles within the dynamic of a modern family in 2022.
Change of heart: Initially, Danza rejected the idea of a reboot in 2019, citing the death of co-star Katherine Helmond, who played the role of Mona Robinson; he’s seen in June 2022
Sitcom gold: But by the summer of 2020, Danza had changed his mind and was onboard for a sequel series; he is seen with co-stars Danny Pintauro, Judith Light, Milano, and the late Katherine Helmond
Original cast members Judith Light (Angela Robinson Bower) and Danny Pintauro (Jonathan Bower) expressed their hope to see their characters added into the new series when word of the new show was made public in 2020. But so far there’s no official word on whether they will in fact join the cast.
Initially, Danza rejected the idea of rebooting the show back in 2019, citing the death of co-star Katherine Helmond, who played the role of Mona Robinson.
Despite his reluctance, the leading man did express an old long-standing wish for Who’s The Boss? to reach some of the younger generation of kids, which apparently helped open the door just enough for him to change his mind and agree to a sequel.
‘I wish it was on TV. It would be a good show for kids to see,’ Danza said during an appearance on Good Day New York, as reported by Yahoo, adding, ‘The other night I was standing in front of the Paley Center on 52nd Street, [and] this woman walks by with these two little kids, and the kid’s about 6 years old, he goes to me, “Are you Tony Micelli?” I go, “How the heck do you know that?” His mother says he watches it all the time.’
Excited: Milano also expressed her excitement for the sequel series when word was first made public in August 2020
Time is right: Milano said she felt this was the right time to tell the story of Tony and Samantha, 30 years after the ending of the original series
Motivated: Danza was also excited to be bringing the Micelli back to television
Just over a year later, in August 2020, Danza had changed his tune on the matter and revealed he had signed-on for the reboot.
‘Excited to bring The Micelli family back to television! #WhosTheBoss,’ the Brooklyn, New York native tweeted at the time, alongside a throwback promotional shot of himself and Milano.
The actress also shared the news, writing, ‘ANNOUNCEMENT I AM SO EXCITED! #WhosTheBoss is coming back!!!’ on her Instagram page some 14 months ago.
‘I’ve wanted to share this for so long and now I can! We feel the time is right to tell the story of where these amazing characters are today. Can’t wait to share their stories with you. So happy,’ she explained, in the caption
During its eight season run, Who’s the Boss? was nominated for more than 40 awards, including 10 Primetime Emmy Awards and five Golden Globe Award nominations, winning one each.
After entering off-network syndication in September 1989, the show proceeded to reap the awards of success by becoming a syndication staple.
Bonafide hit: During its eight season run from 1984 to 1992, Who’s The Boss? was nominated for more than 40 awards, including 10 Primetime Emmys and five Golden Globe nominations, winning one each; the lead actors are seen in an episode that aired in January 1985