Every once in a while, a television series hits living rooms and truly changes the way that people look at the world around them. I Love Lucy presented its fans with an interracial marriage to chew on; MASH gave viewers a new perspective on a war that had ended decades before the series premiered; NYPD Blue not only gave audiences a gritty take on New York’s finest but also pushed network television to its limits, expanding on what censors would allow on primetime television. Then, there are shows like Married With Children, that basically mirror the society in which we live. The classic sitcom gave viewers a family that was perfect in their imperfections and celebrated dysfunction. Now, almost twenty years since the series ended, it appears that the series is hoping to make history again with a new spinoff, if reports are to be believed.
E! Online was first to grab the news of the rumored return of the Bundy Clan and, according to series star David Faustino, who played Bud Bundy in the series, Sony has the keys to the proverbial shoe store, and they may be close to cracking the formula for a spinoff series that was pitched by none other than Faustino.
“Sony has it. They’re excited about it. They’re working out some legal issues that we hope they work out. The whole cast, including Christina, is down to do little bits in it, and we hope it comes together.”
Part of the issue may lie in the fact that, while distributed by Columbia Pictures Television (which is owned by Sony), the series originally aired on Fox. If there is anything that Marvel characters have truly taught the public over the years it’s that Fox and Sony don’t play well together and if Fox still owns a piece of the series (considering the syndicated show still airs repeats on FX, this is a likely scenario), it may be a bit of an uphill battle to get the series on a roll.
The good news is that if the spinoff gets a green light, it looks like the entire family will be back for the action.
“The whole cast, including Christina, is down to do little bits in it. The idea would be a pilot for a spinoff. That’s all I can say right now. It involves me and few other people.”
Don’t think for a second that Faustino is putting words in his old on-screen sibling’s mouth, either! The former (and maybe future) Kelly Bundy, Christina Applegate, backed up Faustino’s comments.
“All of us have said we would all be there for him.”
Considering the character in question, who had a very healthy appetite for the opposite sex, Applegate even has an idea of where Kelly may have ended up.
“Kelly Bundy probably has like 10 kids. I’m sure of it.”
It may be a bit tough to pull in the Bundy patriarch, Al Bundy, as the actor who portrayed the life-beaten shoe salesman, Ed O’Neil, is busy with his own successful series, Modern Family. As for Peg Bundy, mom to Bud and Kelly and husband to Al, actress Katey Sagal just wrapped on husband Kurt Sutter’s highly successful Sons of Anarchy (Sagal being one of the reasons the series was so successful), and will be joining Sutter again in the upcoming FX series, The Bastard Executioner. In other words, while Faustino and Applegate may have clear schedules, don’t count on Peg and Al joining their kids too, too often.
The important thing to remember before getting too excited is that at the time it aired, Married With Children was a groundbreaking series. Originally produced under the title “Not the Cosbys”, the series aimed to show a part of America that was greatly ignored at the time: the dysfunctional, middle class American family. Sure, audiences had a taste of this back in the 70’s with All in the Family but MWC gave it to America in spoonfuls, and America enjoyed every single bite. Well, up until Seven joined the clan, of course.
The problem with the revival is that while the series seemed new and fresh at the time, television fans have had so many dysfunctional tv families at this point that the new spinoff would have to be something truly spectacular to gain any sort of traction. Sure, by its nature, the spinoff should pull over some longtime MWC fans but once you count on that old fanbase to bring in those ratings, you have already lost the game.
There is no doubt that more information on the project will be trickling in over the next few weeks and we will make sure to keep you informed of any progress!
Are you excited to revisit The Bundys? What would entice you to watch the spinoff on a weekly basis?
Source: E! Online