David Spade rolled up on his fellow “Just Shoot Me” series regulars Wednesday night on his new late-night talk show “Lights Out.” The series of drop-ins was an attempt to reboot their late 1990’s/early 2000’s sitcom, which was created by Steve Levitan (“Modern Family”).
While the Comedy Central host was the one who referred to his pitch as a “reboot,” what Spade was actually proposing would technically be considered a sequel series. The 17-years-later reunion came complete with a new, self-centered title: “Finch & Friends.”
Spade played Dennis Finch on each of the NBC sitcom’s 149 episodes.
George Segal, who played Blush boss Jack Gallo, had one key question: “Are you gonna be in it?”
Laura San Giacomo, who played Gallo’s daughter (and employee) Maya, was even more wary of the offer, leading Spade to comment, “Well that was a fine ‘How-do-you-do?'”
Wendie Malick, who was Nina Van Horn, friggin’ maced him. As for Elliot — er, Enrico Colantoni, well he’s a little bit more desperate for the work.
The “Finch & Friends” table read started without Finch, which Spade thought was a little off. He soon learned that it had a Finch — yeah, they all voted to recast the role with Bob Saget.
“They want the show to be a hit, Spade,” Saget said. “It’s called show-business, not show-friends.”
Everyone got a huge kick out of that one. They then broke into “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow” in Saget’s honor.
Turns out, it was all a bad dream, thank goodness. But when Spade wakes up, the nightmare continues.
Watch the video above to see what we mean.
Here’s the logline from the original series: Hot-tempered journalist Maya got herself fired yet again. Unable to find a job anywhere else and facing eviction, she is forced to go work for Blush, her father’s fashion magazine.