If the wrap of Friends years ago left you still craving more, you’re not alone. People were asking for a reboot even before the show ended, according to star Jennifer Aniston in the September issue of InStyle magazine. “Courteney [Cox] and Lisa [Kudrow] and I talk about it. I fantasize about it. It really was the greatest job I ever had,” says Aniston of the show that ran from 1994 to 2004. “I don’t know what it would look like today, but you never know.”
Aniston has an even more intriguing idea to get the Friends cast back together.
“Or we just give it some time and then Lisa, Courteney, and I could reboot The Golden Girls and spend our last years together on wicker furniture,” she muses.
Seems that the idea of another Golden Girls inspires others as well. A new comedy series that’s billed as a gay take on the series has been picked up for development by the Turner Broadcasting-owned production company Super Deluxe, according to Variety. Silver Foxes, which follows four gay men living in Palm Springs, California, has direct ties to the classic sitcom that ran from 1985 through 1992.
Silver Foxes screenwriters Stan Zimmerman and James Berg were co-writers on several Golden Girls episodes. Reportedly they’ve written a cameo for original Golden Girls star Betty White. A 2016 reading featured George Takei, Leslie Jordan, Bruce Vilanch and Todd Sherry as the central cast.
While the Golden Girls-inspired Silver Foxes is slated for some time in the future, another ‘80s reboot is set to go within weeks. A new season of Murphy Brown will premiere on CBS, Sept. 27 at 9:30 p.m. just in time for the 30th anniversary of the show that originally aired from 1988 to 1998.
Candice Bergen reprises her role buts she’s no longer the star reporter of the fictitious TV news magazine FYI. Now she has her own morning show and a son named Avery, who’s also a journalist. He’s played by Jake McDorman. The revival features a Murphy Brown who “returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news, and a very different political and cultural climate.” She aims to prove that the world needs Murphy Brown now more than ever.
The show’s creator, Diane English, is also returning as a writer and executive producer along with Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, and Grant Shaud as Corky Sherwood, Frank Fontana, and Miles Silverberg. Tyne Daly will be playing Phyllis, the sister of the deceased bar owner Phil from the original show, and Nik Dodani rounds out the cast as social media director Pat Patel.
Children who grew up in the ‘80s will be delighted to learn that a reboot of the show starring their favorite alien life form—ALF—is in very early development at Warner Bros. with original writers Tom Patchett and Paul Fusco attached. Fusco performed and voiced the puppet that gave life to the friendly extra-terrestrial who crash-landed on Earth and wound up living with a suburban middle-class family.
ALF ran for four seasons from 1986 to 1990 on NBC.