A sitcom that originated its own catchphrase during a long run in the 1970s and 1980s is on track for a reboot at Fox. Variety reports that the broadcast network gave a put pilot commitment for an “Alice” reboot.
“The multicamera series hails from writers and executive producers Diablo Cody and Liz Astrof.,” Variety reports. “In the series, Long Island housewife Alice Hyatt has finally worked up the courage to leave her cheating husband. She drives cross-country to Arizona with her teenage son Tommy, and gets a job as a waitress at a roadside diner where the staff becomes their new surrogate family.”
Cody is set to executive produce through her Vita Vera Films banner. Warner Bros. Television and Fox will co-produce.
Variety adds: “’Alice’ ran for nine seasons and over 200 episodes on CBS from 1976 to 1985. The series was itself based on the 1974 feature film ‘Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore’ starring Ellen Burstyn and Kris Kristofferson. The original series starred Linda Lavin in the title role, while Vic Tayback reprised his role as Mel from the film.”
Also starring in the original CBS series was Polly Holliday, whose feisty waitress Flo popularized the catchphrase “Kiss my grits” before Holliday exited the series after its first four seasons.