Don’t go predicting Helen Hunt or Paul Reiser for the 2019 Emmys just yet because the “Mad About You” revival might not happen after all. In an interview with the Tampa Bay Times, Reiser says the project is “kind of stuck in the business end of it now.”
“Sony is trying to figure out from their end; that’s where I just walk away and go, call me when you figure it out,” he said. “I don’t know what happens at that level. They make their deals with whoever they make their deals with. So we’ll see if it happens. It may not happen. It likely won’t happen. My guess is it won’t happen.”
Talk of a revival first started in December. In April, Reiser and Hunt signed deals with producer Sony Pictures Television to return, along with co-creator Danny Jacobson, and Sony started shopping the show to multiple networks, including original home NBC. The speed at which everything progressed suggested an official pickup was in the offing, but things stalled at some point in the last three months. But Reiser is OK if it never comes to fruition.
“We signed up, and then it’s gotten stuck in the business end of it,” he said. “It’s like, ‘You know, guys, I was very happy not doing it for 20 years, and then you invited us back. And now if you can’t make it happen, it’s not a big deal.’ Things happen, they don’t happen. There’s so many moving parts when you’re working with a studio or broadcaster.”
If it does move forward, Reiser hopes the show lands on a streaming service and not broadcast. “In a dream world, it would be on a streaming [platform],” he said. “I don’t know if we’re going to do it, but if it did come back, I would much rather do it on a streaming platform than a broadcast.”
The original “Mad About You” ran for seven seasons from 1992 to 1999, receiving four Best Comedy Series Emmy nominations. Reiser earned six nominations, while Hunt won four straight Emmys. If “Mad About You” somehow gets on the air next season, she could find herself competing against seven-time Best Comedy Actress champ Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep”) and five-time champ Candice Bergen, whose “Murphy Brown” revival premieres in the fall, next year. But right now, it looks very unlikely.
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