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ABC Orders Pilot for ‘thirtysomething’ Sequel

Proposed Series to Focus on the Offspring of the Original Cast

ABC has greenlit a pilot for a proposed new version of “thirtysomething,” featuring 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 Patricia Wettig (Nancy Weston). The logline: 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 will return under their Bedford Falls Co. banner along with MGM Television. Edward Zwick is set to direct.