Two of the co-creators of “Cheers” and one of the long-running NBC hit’s stars got serious about the possibility of a reboot of the seminal sitcom in a report by Variety on the 25th anniversary of the show’s finale.
The publication discussed the finale, the show’s legacy and the chance for “another round” with a number of the key players, inclucing co-creators James Burrows and Glen Charles along with actress Shelley Long — who is enthusiastically in favor of bringing the show back.
“I’ve pitched a reboot ‘til I’m blue in the face,” Long told Variety. “I’d love to do it. I’m not even trying to be cool about it. The cool thing to do is to go, ‘Oh, well, you know, we had our time…’ But I do a three-minute commentary on KCRW here in L.A., and I pitched my ‘Cheers’ reboot idea on the radio, hoping that someone would hear it! I’d love to sit in a room with the funniest people I know, like I did 25 years ago, and with incredibly gifted performers onstage. I’d be happy to do that for the next 25 years!”
But Burrows and Charles appeared to hit the brakes. Said Charles: “’Will & Grace’ and ‘Roseanne’ — those people don’t seem to have aged significantly. Our people, I know, have. So it just wouldn’t be the same. And I’m not quite sure what that story would be. An aging bartender chasing women would be very strange. It wouldn’t feel right.”
Added Burrows: “There’s this whole thing about meeting your first girlfriend 30 or 40 years later. You might be inquisitive and interested, but you’ll always have in your head what she looked like when she was 18 years old, and you kind of want to preserve that. Some people don’t care. But we want to preserve what we have.”
We encourage readers to click on the link above to Variety to read the full feature looking back on “Cheers” 25 years later.