EXCLUSIVE: Another classic comedy from the 1990s is making a comeback. A lively revival of Married with children headlined by original series stars Katey Sagal, Ed O’Neill, Christina Applegate, and David Faustino is being showcased to networks and streamers and is generating strong interest, sources tell Deadline.
The new version of the 1987 Fox sitcom is written by family guy executive producer Alex Carter, who serves as showrunner. Sony Pictures Television, which owns and distributes the original series, has been working on the animated project for over a year and has struck deals with the quartet of Married with children stars before removing it.
Although it is not yet clear where the animation Married with children would land, Fox, Hulu and Peacock are considered logical destinations.
married with children, which aired from 1987 to 1997 on Fox, is a signature series for the network. Considered one of the most influential television shows in pop culture, it was one of the first original scripted series on the then fledgling network, which helped put it on the map and establish its brand of avant-garde comedy. Additionally, adult animation is in Fox’s DNA, and the network has several animated family comedies, including juggernauts. The simpsons and Family guy.
Meanwhile, Hulu and Peacock are streamers carrying the original series, and adding the new episode would enhance their current collection and also bring new viewers to older episodes. In addition to finding streaming audiences, Married with children also remains popular in syndication.
One of network television’s longest-running live-action comedy series, Married with children aired for 11 seasons. Created by Michael G. Moye and the late Ron Leavitt, the series follows the Chicago life of Al Bundy (O’Neill), a misogynistic women’s shoe salesman; his lazy wife, Peggy (Sagal); and their children, Kelly (Applegate) and Bud (Faustino).
Talk about a Married with children the follow-up has been around for years, with reports six years ago of Faustino pitching an idea to Sony about a troubled, divorced Bud returning to the old house with his ex-wife and best friend while Al and Peg live in Vegas after winning the lottery. Title Bud, the potential spinoff would have come closer to reality, backed by original co-creator Moye as executive producer/showrunner and Sony TV, but ultimately did not move forward despite the objections of the other co-original creator’s son. , Levitt. The other original stars are said to have supported this project, but in interviews they have largely dismissed the prospect of a real Married with children rebirth due to their busy schedules.
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Gradually, the idea of an anime series emerged as it easily accommodated the cast’s existing commitments and could still feature some signature elements of the original series, such as its famous theme song, “Love and Marriage” by Frank Sinatra. Sony TV recently went down the same path with another classic sitcom in its catalog, Norman Lear’s Good time, which has an animated version in the works at Netflix.