Fans of “Who’s The Boss?” can breathe a sigh of relief now that Alyssa Milano has officially confirmed that the project is not dead in the water. The actress and activist was asked about the previously teased revival of the classic 1980s sitcom from Norman Lear during a recent sit-down interview with Fox5 in New York. She revealed that, although there has been relative radio silence on the matter since it was first announced in 2020, she’s still hard at work on the series alongside her TV dad, Tony Danza. Alyssa Milano explained that the reason there hasn’t been much news about the “sequel” series in recent months is simply that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a few bumps in the road.
Alyssa Milano played Samantha the tough daughter of Tony Danza’s Tony Micelli, a widower and former Major League Baseball player who relocates to Fairfield, Connecticut to work as a live-in housekeeper for a divorced advertising executive named Angela Bower and her son Jonathan. Angela’s sexually progressive mother, Mona (Katherine Helmond) was also a regular around the household. The show debuted in 1984 and ran for eight seasons before its conclusion in 1992.
Alyssa Milano is known these days as a bit of a progressive activist herself. It’s fitting that she got her roots on a show that played so heavily with such TV tropes as the modern family and featured a more blended household complete with divorce, swapped gender roles and what essentially amounted to step-siblings.
According to Deadline, the Alyssa Milano-led show was a big hit when it was on TV, amassing an average of 33 million live viewers per episode during its run. As a result, it became a similarly big hit in U.S. and international syndication, making it a prime candidate for the current trend among TV in the time of streaming — revivals.
Classic sitcoms of the 80s and 90s tend to do well as people view shows like Will & Grace, Friends, Full House and others as comfort food. That’s why all three of those shows have been given some form of the reboot treatment in recent years as calls mount for other classic shows like Frasier and The Office to get some kind of revival of their own. Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza confirmed that Who’s The Boss? would be the latest show to get a sequel revival in 2020 on their respective social media platforms.
At the time, it was reported that the new show would indeed take place 30 years after the events of the original sitcom. However, this time around it would focus on Tony Micelli moving in with Alyssa Milano’s character, who is now a single mother living in the same house that Angela and Tony helped raise her in. At the time of the announcement, Deadline noted that there were no active plans to bring in the other cast members but that the duo hoped to find an artful way to write them into the revival series at some point. Sadly, Katherine Helmond, who played Mona, died in 2019.