Another ’90s sitcom seems to be inching closer to a return as talks of reviving Mad About You heat up. TVLine is reporting that the network has begun ‘informal’ talks with stars Paul Reiser and Helen Hunt about returning to the series for a limited run. Word is that Reiser, who co-created the series with Danny Jacobson, is the driving force behind the revival talk. The concept being rumored is that Paul and Jamie would be dealing with their now-17-year-old daughter Mabel being accepted into college and the couple suffering from empty nest syndrome.
Reiser was asked by People Magazine about the potential for a Mad About You return while he was out promoting Stranger Things:
If we can find the story to tell, and anybody’s interested, I’d be open to it. To me, it’s interesting when I see my kids are growing and leaving the house. 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.
Ironically, Reiser has long been opposed to a revival and even built in a prevention to the idea in the final episode of the series, having the end of the seventh season include a flash-forward 22 years:
Our thinking at the time was, ‘Let’s make sure we never get tempted to come back — let’s tell them what happens.
The original series ran from 1992 to 1999 on NBC, and while that would seem like the most logical home for a revival, and their having great success with a Will & Grace revival, NBC is not currently part of the Mad About You talks discussions.