Tony Danza And Alyssa Milano Returning For Who’s The Boss Sequel
Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza are returning for a Who's The Boss? sequel that is going to take things in a much different and contemporary direction.
It seems that there might be something in the air when it comes to rebooting popular sitcoms from the 1980s. Recently, it was announced that a reboot is in the works and a marathon will take place of ALF on Amazon Freevee, sparking interest in the return of once-familiar characters. That doesn’t appear to be the end of newer programming for Freevee, once referred to as IMDb TV, however, as Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano will star in a new Who’s the Boss? sequel for the streaming platform.
According to a report from Deadline, actors Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza have signed on to star in a proposed Who’s the Boss? sequel for Amazon Freevee, reuniting the two who starred in the original series. Who’s the Boss? premiered on ABC in 1984 and ran for 8 successful seasons and 196 episodes. The series was nominated for 10 Primetime Emmy Awards and starred Danza, Milano, Judith Light, Danny Pintauro, and Katherine Helmond. No word yet if Light and Pintauro will be featured in the sequel series, but actor Katherine Helmond passed away in 2019 from complications of Alzheimer’s disease.
The Who’s the Boss? sequel series starring Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza will be produced by Norman Lear, per The Hollywood Reporter, who made a career in creating hit series like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, and One Day at a Time. The original series starred Danza as New York widower Tony Micelli, who takes a job as a live-in housekeeper to a Connecticut family with Milano as his daughter, Samantha. The show was a typical “will they/won’t they” scenario between the widower Micelli and the divorced Angela Bower (Light).
As opposed to events in the original Who’s the Boss?, the sequel will see a much more modern take on Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano’s characters. According to the Daily Mail, the new series will see Samantha as a single mother and will navigate the fine line between the generations, opposite views of the world, politics, as well as a modern take on current parenting styles. With that in mind, it’s clear how the 71-year-old Danza may expand on Tony’s character to fit the generational divide with his onscreen daughter, as reflected in today’s world.
In addition to the news that Alyssa Milano and Tony Danza are set for a Who’s the Boss? sequel, the series will fit in line with many of Norman Lear’s works. Lear was not attached to the original series but his reboot of One Day at a Time starring Rita Moreno was a hit for Netflix and dealt with issues in the modern world like mental illness, generational divides, sexism, and homophobia. Lear has been responsible for taking some of his well-known classics and reprising them for a live audience in a series called Live in Front of a Studio Audience, which included all-star recreations of The Jeffersons and The Facts of Life. Here’s hoping the 99-year-old’s magic spreads to the Who’s the Boss? sequel as well.