Michael, Hope, Elliot, and Nancy of Thirtysomething could be returning to the small screen. ABC has announced that it’s ordered a pilot for a sequel series called Thirtysomething(else). Picking up decades after the last time we saw the Steadmans and the Westons, this new series would focus on the adult offspring of the Thirtysomething characters.
Ken Olin, Mel Harris, Timothy Busfield, and Patty Wettig from the original show have signed to return. Original series creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick are behind the sequel. A family drama, Thirtysomething ran for four seasons and 85 episodes on ABC, from 1987 until 1991.
Here’s ABC’s press release:
ABC PICKS UP ‘THIRTYSOMETHING(ELSE)’ TO PILOT
Sequel to the Culturally Defining Network Series ‘thirtysomething’ From Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick
“thirtysomething(else),” a sequel to the groundbreaking series “thirtysomething,” has received a pilot pickup from ABC. The show will follow an ensemble of new faces playing the grown-up, 30-something children of the original cast reprised by Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston). Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents?
During its original run from 1987-1991, “thirtysomething” quickly became a cultural phenomenon, garnering 13 Emmy ® Awards including Best Drama and two Golden Globe ® Awards. The series, which highlighted a tight-knit group of baby boomers and their struggles, celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.
Showrunners and “thirtysomething” creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick return to bring “thirtysomething(else)” to life under their Bedford Falls Co. banner along with MGM Television. Edward Zwick set to direct.
“thirtysomething(else)” is produced by ABC Studios. ABC Studios is a part of Disney Television Studios, a collection of studios comprised of Twentieth Century Fox Television, ABC Studios and Fox 21 Television Studios.
For those who want a refresher, here’s the memorable Thirtysomething theme song.
What do you think? Have you watched the original Thirtysomething TV show? Do you think that a sequel series is a good idea?