Before there was Family Guy, before there were The Simpsons, the edgy family comedy that put Fox on the map in a big way was Married… With Children. Following the journey of the Bundys, mainly the father Al, the series was a huge hit with audiences because hidden within its crass exterior was a message about the lie that existed regarding the “typical suburban family.” The Bundy’s weren’t good people, but they were a family, and it was fascinating for people to watch their lives play out on screen. Now, over 20 years later, in an age where much of the series’ humor would feel tame, Sony’s looking to bring some of the family back to the airwaves.
According to E!, Sony, the producing company of the sitcom, is currently pitching the idea of creating a spin-off focused on the adulthood adventures of Bud Bundy to various networks.
Beyond that single mission statement, nothing else is known. It’s unclear if Sony’s courting broadcast or cable networks, whether or not they want to do the series as a multi-cam or single-cam program, and most importantly, who the studio has courted for a return. Considering Ed O’Neill’s current on-going work for Modern Family, Sagal’s exponentially growing slate of post-Sons of Anarchy projects, and Applegate consistently active film and TV career, pulling anyone away from where they are to return to the world that made them famous is harder than one might think.
If the series is going to make a comeback, it’s a safe bet it won’t be happening within the next year (assuming Sony’s going after one of the big four broadcast networks) as it’s not even certain a script is written. The report also makes no mention of whether or not original series co-creator Michael G. Moye is involved (the other co-creator, Ron Leavitt, passed away in 2008).
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