‘WHO’S THE BOSS?’ RE­BOOT WITH DANZA, MI­LANO IN THE WORKS

Chicago Sun-Times - - ENTERTAINM­ENT - BY LYNN ELBER

LOS AN­GE­LES — A brand new life is ahead for the vin­tage sit­com “Who’s the Boss?” and its de­voted fans. Tony Danza and Alyssa Mi­lano are set to reprise their fa­ther-daugh­ter roles for a se­quel that’s in the works at Sony Pic­tures Tele­vi­sion, the stu­dio said this week.

The orig­i­nal se­ries cre­ated by Martin Co­han and Blake Hunter ran from 1984 to 1992 and was a hit for ABC, if not a crit­i­cal dar­ling. A to­tal of 196 episodes aired over its eight sea­sons.

The mod­ern-day re­boot re­volves around Danza’s Tony Mi­celli, a for­mer ballplayer and now re­tired house­keeper, and Mi­lano’s Sa­man­tha. The daugh­ter lives in the home where the orig­i­nal se­ries was set and is a sin­gle mother, Sony said.

Vet­eran pro­ducer Nor­man Lear, part of the re­make of his orig­i­nal se­ries “One Day at a Time,” is among the “Who’s the Boss?” pro­duc­ers, as are Danza and Mi­lano.

The new com­edy “will ex­plore gen­er­a­tional dif­fer­ences, as well as op­pos­ing world views and par­ent­ing styles within the dy­namic of a mod­ern fam­ily in 2020,” in line with Lear’s shows, Sony said in a state­ment.

Sony left the door open for the in­volve­ment of Ju­dith Light, whose char­ac­ter An­gela sparred with Tony as his em­ployer and later ro­man­tic in­ter­est, and Danny Pin­tauro, who played her son, Jonathan.

They are “sup­port­ive of the new se­ries,” the stu­dio said. “The cast re­mains very close to this day and the hope is to find cre­ative ways to work them and their char­ac­ters into the show.”

Kather­ine Hel­mond, who was Em­mynom­i­nated and won a Golden Globe for her role as An­gela’s mother, Mona, died in Fe­bru­ary 2019 at age 89.

Whether the orig­i­nal show’s theme song, “Brand New Life,” will be heard again wasn’t an­nounced.

WILLY SANJUAN/INVISION/AP

Alyssa Mi­lano and Tony Danza will star in and serve as pro­duc­ers for the re­boot of “Who’s the Boss?”

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