It’s been 17 years since the Fox comedy series “Married…with Children” went off the air, but it sounds like there might be a revival in the works at Sony Pictures Television.
THR has word that the television studio is developing a spin-off to the comedy series that made stars out of Ed O’Neill, Katey Sagal, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino. The new series would follow Faustino’s character Bud Bundy as he deals with his own family. (Sounds like the National Lampoon’s Vacation sequel that’s coming up, with Ed Helms playing Clark Griswold’s son Rusty, who has his own family issues.) This comes just a few years after Fox re-aired the pilot for the 25th anniversary of the series.
For those who don’t know “Married…with Children” was one of Fox’s first original programs, since the network was very young back then. It was edgy, somewhat controversial for its time, and one of the most honest depictions of a middle class family in America: O’Neill as Ed, Sagal as Peggy, and Applegate and Faustino as their two kids. Would a spin-off be able to do the original series justice, or just cash in on a familiar title? Since we don’t know much about it, we’re not sure.
However, it’s early days on the project as it’s just now being taken out as a pitch, with no indication of who would be writing or producing this new effort. There’s also no indication as to whether O’Neill, Sagal or Applegate would be involved with Faustino on the show either. They all are pretty busy in their own right nowadays. O’Neill is on “Modern Family” (where Faustino popped up as a guest star), Sagal is on “Sons of Anarchy,” and Applegate just starred in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Faustino has been doing a lot of cartoon voiceover work and small TV roles, but this would be a big project for him.
It sounds like the nostalgia bug that has infected Hollywood for years now is starting to infect television. After all, “Girl Meets World” is already airing on Disney Channel, we just got word of a “Full House” reunion coming together at Warner Bros. Pictures Television, and “Family Matters” and “Step by Step” probably aren’t too far behind. It’ll all be worth it if we can get a “Perfect Strangers” reunion on the table.
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