Sony Developing A ‘Who’s The Boss?’ Sequel With Tony Danza & Alyssa Milano
Sony Pictures Television has begun developing a sequel to classic US 80s sitcom ‘Who’s The Boss?’ with both Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano set to reprise their roles.
For those of you that don’t know the original show, it starred Danza as Tony Micelli, a former major league baseball player who relocates to Fairfield, Connecticut, to work as a live-in housekeeper for Angela Robinson Bower, a divorced advertising executive (played by Judith Light). Milano played Tony’s young daughter, Samantha, with Danny Pintauro as Angela’s son, Jonathan, and Katherine Helmond as Mona, Angela’s mother.
The new sequel series will take place 30 years after the events of the original, and will be centred around Tony and his relationship with his daughter Samantha. Now a single mother, Samantha is living in the house where the original series was set. In line with the original show, the new series will explore generational differences, as well as opposing world views and parenting styles, but within the dynamic of a modern family in 2020.
Soon after the announcement, Milano took to Instagram to say “I am so excited! I’ve wanted to share this for so long and now I can!” She continues “We feel the time is right to tell the story of where these amazing characters are today. Can’t wait to share their stories with you. So happy.”
At the moment, Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are the only cast confirmed to be involved, although Judith Light and Danny Pintauro are supportive of the new series, and it is hoped they will appear in some way. Katherine Helmond, who played Mona, unfortunately, passed away in 2019.
The original show, which was created by Martin Cohan and Blake Hunter ran on ABC for 8 Seasons from 1984 to 1992. There were a number of attempts at spin-offs over the years, including one which saw Mona’s leave to help her brother run a seedy hotel in Manhattan, and one which featured (among others) a young Halle Berry. None of them went to series. There were, however, a number of international versions in India, France, Italy, Germany, and the UK, where it was retitled ‘The Upper Hand’, and starred Joe McGann in the Tony role (renamed Charlie), with Diana Weston in the Angela role (Caroline), and Honor Blackman in the Mona role (Laura).
The sequel will be exec produced by Norman Lear, his producing partner Brent Miller of ACT III Productions and Dan Farah of Farah Films. Danza and Milano will also serve as Executive Producers.
No news yet, on where or when the ‘Who’s The Boss?’ sequel may land on either side of the Atlantic, but we’ll let you know when we hear more.
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