Is this the year of throwbacks? After Will and Grace, other television show revivals and movie reboots, another hit ’90s project is set to make its comeback, the What About Bob reboot. Here’s what we know.
According to reports, Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfuss’ hit black comedy film, What About Bob, is the most recent ’90s movie scheduled to be adapted as a TV series. NBC ordered the pilot which will have a new name and female leads.
What About Bob Reboot — What We Know
Based on TV Line’s report, the upcoming NBC series is a single-camera comedy show. The television reboot will take on the new title What About Barb and offer a twist in its storyline.
Instead of reviving the same Bob Wiley and Dr. Leo Marvin, the two protagonists will be portrayed by females. However, though the upcoming series will be a female-based story, the plot will be the same with the ’90s film. The source noted that the story will still focus on a psychotherapist and a psychiatric patient.
The synopsis details that the female doctor will try to cut down her ties with her patient but is unsuccessful in the process. The patient will befriend the doctor’s relatives. As a result, she will gain an annoying addition to her family and it will push her over the edge.
On a different note, Joe Wiseman and Joe Port–veterans in comedy writing–will pen the show. They will also executive produce the series for ABC Studios.
Deadline noted that it has been a while since ABC thought about rebooting the film. The network first tried to produce the adaptation during the 2015-2016 cycle.
In addition, ABC’s comedy development executive director Zack Olin came up with the idea of making the titular role a female. It has been two years before the studio tapped Wiseman and Port as What About Bob reboot writers.
On the other hand, the upcoming comedy TV series was first introduced as a film released in 1991 under Touchstone Pictures and Touchwood Pacific Partners. The film is listed under Bravo’s Top 100 Funniest Movies.
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