Actors Helen Hunt and Paul Reiser are reportedly in talks to reprise their roles as a married couple in the sitcom "Mad About You." Reiser, who was the co-creator of the original series, is spearheading efforts to revive the show for a limited run.
On Dec. 26, sources familiar with the matter disclosed that Sony executives were considering producing a new season of "Mad About You." The potential revival would show Hunt and Reiser's characters struggling after their 17-year-old child heads off to college, TVLine reports.
The series had aired on NBC between 1992 and 1999, accruing accolades and high ratings as it depicted newlyweds played by Hunt and Reiser. NBC is reportedly not in current discussions to air the Sony production.
Reiser dreamed up the original premise alongside co-creator Danny Jacobson. On Oct. 13, the actor said that he had grown interested in returning to the series after years of being content with the original run.
"People were asking about bringing 'Mad About You,' and for years I said no, why would you?'" Reiser told IndieWire. "Literally for 18 years I was adamant, no. Why would you go back? We did it, it was done, we had were very happy with and it seemed final."
Reiser added: "And then only recently I thought, maybe."
On Oct. 27, the actor elaborated in a separate interview that he and Jacobson had designed the finale of the original series to feel like the last word on the story.
"We even told the future a little bit, so our thinking at the time was, 'Let's make sure we never get tempted to come back,'" Reiser told People. "'Let's tell them what happens.' ... Now, because everybody's talking about it, I started to think, 'Maybe if there's a story we could come up with.'"
Reiser, foreshadowing the rumored storyline for the potential revival, added, "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."
Reiser was most recently seen starring in the second season of the Netflix series "Stranger Things." Hunt has branched out into behind-the-scenes work, and recently directed episodes of the FX series "Feud: Bette and Joan."
"Directing just means you get to say, Well, what color paint on the walls would tell that story best?" Hunt told Mashable. "What kind of lighting would tell that story best? You're kind of in charge. You have all these tools in your toolkit to tell this story that means the world to you."
Hunt added: "I want to be acting above all else. I hope that I've got lots more work ahead of me. But it's the stories."