‘Thirtysomething’ Sequel Pilot Ordered by ABC

TCA 2020: “Thirtysomething(else)” follows the children of original characters, will return creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick

ABC has picked up “thirysomething(else)” to pilot, the sequel to the network’s “thirtysomething” series from Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick.

The new show will follow an new cast of actors playing the 30-something year-old children of the original cast, with Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston) returning.

The new cast has yet to be announced.

“Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents?” according to ABC’s description.

“thirtysomething” originally ran from 1987-1991 for four seasons and a total of 85 hourlong episodes, and earned 13 Emmy Awards out of 41 nominations, including Best Drama. It also won two Golden Globes.

The drama series highlighted a tight-knit group of baby boomers living in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and their struggles. It revolved around husband and wife Michael Steadman (Olin) and Hope Murdoch (Harris) and their baby Jane. The series celebrated its 30th anniversary in 2017.

Showrunners and “thirtysomething” creators Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick will return to helm “thirtysomething(else)” under their Bedford Falls Co. banner along with MGM Television. Zwick will direct. ABC Studios will produce. The original series was produced by Ann Lewis Hamilton, Joseph Dougherty, and Richard Kramer.

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