Alyssa Milano hopes that the Who’s the Boss? revival in development at Amazon’s Freevee will be as progressive as the original ’80s/early-’90s sitcom.
Debuting on ABC in 1984, Who’s the Boss? starred Tony Danza as Tony Micelli, a former ball player who took a job working as a housekeeper for businesswoman Angela (Judith Light), moving into her Connecticut home along with his daughter Samantha (Milano).
This past June, the Who’s the Boss? sequel series found a home at Freevee, and Milano thus far has seen at least one script which she says is “really funny.”
The follow-up — penned by One Day at a Time executive producer Mike Royce and ODAAT writer Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz — takes place 30 years later, with Samantha now a single mother and living in the same house from the original series. Danza’s Tony would enter the mix “to take care of my children,” Milano shared in a new Entertainment Tonight interview, “because I get a job that makes me travel a lot.”
Light’s involvement to any degree remains TBD, though Milano ventured, “I’m sure she will [return].”
“I was very skeptical about this,” Milano told ET. “And then I spoke to Tony… and I got kind of excited.”
Milano noted how the original Who’s the Boss? was quite progressive for its time, revolving as it did around a single mom businesswoman with a sexually voracious mother (played by the late, great Katherine Helmond), and who hires a man to be her housekeeper.
As such, Milano says she hopes the new series can be put together “in a way that really stays true to that whole progressive thing that we had in the ’80s” while tapping into “today’s issues.”
As for the revival’s current status/possible series order, Milano told ET that “we submitted the script to Freevee before Thanksgiving and they are internally talking this week about it. So hopefully we will hear soon.”