8:00am PT by Marc Malkin
Sorry, 'Cheers' Fans: John Ratzenberger Says a Reboot Not Likely
With Full House, Will & Grace, Roseanne and now a Mad About You update, it seems the golden age of TV is the golden age of reboots. But there's still one classic sitcom waiting to be drafted: Cheers.
"I would love to see it, and I think the cast would, too," says John Ratzenberger, who played lovable mailman Cliff Clavin on the NBC series. "The audience is still there."
The show, which starred Ted Danson, Shelley Long, Kirstie Alley, Woody Harrelson, Rhea Perlman and George Wendt, ended in 1993 after 11 seasons and numerous awards including four Emmy wins for best comedy series.
Sadly, Ratzenberger said, “I don’t think the producers want it. … I don’t think they want a bunch of geezers sitting at the bar.” Cheers co-creator James Burrows once said that he wasn’t a fan of reunions and reboots. “I don’t think you should ever go back,” he told Zap2It. “I firmly believe in that.” He’s obviously had a change of heart: Burrows not only directed every episode of the original Will & Grace, but he returned for the sitcom’s recent revival and expansion to two seasons. And the results, thus far, have been impressive. The Will McCormack and Debra Messing starrer scored a nom for best comedy series at Sunday's Golden Globes (it lost to The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel).
A version of this story first appeared in the Jan. 4 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.