ABC Orders Pilot for Sequel to “thirtysomething”

Deadline reports that ABC just ordered a pilot for a sequel to the 1987 drama thirtysomething.

Photo source: The Hollywood Reporter

Photo source: The Hollywood Reporter

What’s Happening:

  • ABC has ordered a pilot for a sequel series to thirtysomething, currently titled thirtysomething(else).
  • The original series ran from 1987 to 1991 on ABC prior to the Disney acquisition.
  • Series creators Marshall Herskovitz and Ed Zwick are overseeing the pilot for the sequel.
  • Original cast members Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston) are returning for the pilot and potential series.
  • The premise involves the children of the characters from the original show who are now in their thirties.
  • thirtysomething was produced by MGM TV, who is producing the pilot for thirtysomething(else).

What they’re saying:

  • ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke: “The show became so deeply embedded in pop culture. Ed and Marshall have been approached many times over the years and have always declined (to do a sequel). Three decades later, the young cast have now become thirtysomethings themselves. Today’s thirtysomethings are yesterday’s millennials, they are the first generation raised with the Internet, all of which provides a stark contrast [to the original].”

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