- Mayim Bialik and “Blossom” creator, Don Reo, have tried to get a rebooted sequel made for years.
- The actress told Insider they have been met with a “tremendous amount of bureaucracy.”
- “People watched that family that was centered around a girl and we think that’s pretty special.”
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“Blossom” could be the next ’90s series to receive a reboot, if the show’s original creator Don Reo and star Mayim Bialik can find a way to make it happen.
“We do have a reboot that we would like to do and we’ve been met with a tremendous amount of resistance,” Bialik told Insider while promoting her partnership with brain health supplement Neuriva. “I’ve decided to sort of speak openly about it. It’s something he and I have been working on for years.”
The coming-of-age series, which ran for five seasons on NBC, followed a teenager, Blossom (Bialik), who was adjusting to life with her father and two older brothers after her mother abruptly left.
“It would definitely be a different kind of reboot, but it’s one that we hope we’ll maybe get some grassroots support for,” Bialik continued.
“‘Blossom’ was really the only female on network television at the time who we were building a show around,” she added, saying, “We think a lot of people would be curious to see where these characters are.”
Bialik said she finally decided to speak about it out loud, first with Entertainment Weekly, and, now Insider, because there’s a “tremendous amount of bureaucracy involved.”
“We’re hoping that someone will let us make this reboot even as a limited series,” she added.
It’s not like other NBC series aren’t getting rebooted.
NBC Universal recently rebooted former NBC show “Punky Brewster” on its streaming service, Peacock. A “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” reboot, “Bel-Air,” will debut on HBO Max. (The show was distributed by Warner Bros. TV.)
Maybe that’s where part of the “bureaucracy” Bialik hinted at comes into play. Though “Blossom” aired on NBC, its distributor was Buena Vista Television, which is part of The Walt Disney Company. Would a reboot live on NBC-backed Peacock or Disney Plus?
Still, Bialik said she and Reo don’t want to do a reboot that’s an exact replica of the original sitcom.
“We feel that there’s a different format and a different way to tell the story of these characters in a way that doesn’t have a laugh track,” Bialik said. “Perhaps that is some of the resistance that we’re getting. But we really feel like there’s still a way to tell some really, really beautiful and funny and compelling stories about these characters, which were important to a lot of people.”
Bialik said she knows they weren’t a top 10 show, but emphasized that they went against the grain once and proved people wrong. Maybe they could do it again if given the chance for a limited series.
“We were told no one would ever watch a girl,” Bialik said of “Blossom.” “And for five years, people watched that family that was centered around a girl and we think that’s pretty special.”
Bialik spoke with Insider while promoting a partnership with supplement Neuriva for brain awareness week. The “Call Me Kat” actor said she usually hesitates to attach her name to something, but was attracted to the brain health supplement because she found their message “scientifically sound.”
“The brain is an incredibly important organ. Just like we support aspects of our body and we exercise and we care about what we eat so that we can look the best, the brain deserves its own special support.”