A sequel to 1980s drama series ‘Thirtysomething’ is confirmed with American television network ABC ordering a pilot. 

The revival – which is set to be titled ‘Thirtysomething(else)’ will follow a slew of new faces playing the grown-up children of four of the original cast. The new series will see Ken Olin (Michael Steadman), Mel Harris (Hope Murdoch), Timothy Busfield (Elliot Weston) and Patty Wettig (Nancy Weston) reprise their roles.

For those unfamiliar with the series, Thirtysomething ran for four seasons, and went on to become a pop culture classic, due to its focus on the daily lives of baby boomers, and the show’s willingness to push cultural boundaries. The drama series went on to earn 41 Emmy nominations, and won 13 of them including Best Drama in 1988, and acting honours for Busfield, Wettig and Melanie Mayron.

The show centred on the angst of the baby boomer generation and their struggles with real-life issues like career, relationships, marriage and parenting. The show focused on Michael Steadman (Olin), his wife Hope Murdoch (Harris) and their baby Janie.

The network describes the sequel this way: “Apparently, raising children (even grown children) never ends, but who could have known how hard it would be for them to raise their parents?”

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