In light of 'Melissa & Joey,' four more '90s TV stars who could make a sitcom comeback
Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence are making a bid for renewed sitcom relevancy with the aptly named "Melissa & Joey," a sitcom that debuts tonight on ABC Family. The Post's TV critic Hank Stuever says it isn't half-bad.
"You could do worse -- say, 'Hot in Cleveland,'" he writes. He also adds in a couple of "Whoas!" for good measure, because you can't mention the name Joey Lawrence without following up with at least one whoa.
See what I mean?
Anyway, all this discussion about Sabrina the Teenage Witch and Blossom's brother got me thinking about other '90s sitcoms who deserve a chance at an ABC Family or TV Land show of their own. Here are four that immediately popped to mind.
The Justin Bieber of '90s sitcoms, Thomas gave millions of tween girls the ideal initials (JTT) to pair with their own during the years "Home Improvement" was on the air. In recent years, he seems to have purposely dropped out of the limelight and left acting behind. (He reportedly was enrolled at Columbia University for at least some period of time in the not-too-distant past.) Maybe Thomas has no interest in a sitcom return, but just imagine how nuts all those now grown women would go if they saw the 28-year-old back on TV again. At the very least, the person who made this YouTube tribute video would watch. (Warning: The following video is NSFDAt90s -- Not Suitable for Decades After the '90s.)
After her involvement in a devastating car accident, the musical artist also formerly known as "Moesha" laid low for a bit. But she's making music again, and starring in her reality show, "Brandy and Ray J: A Family Business." So maybe it's time for a return to the sitcom world. "Moesha 2.0," perhaps?
We pretty much know what happened to all of Roseanne's kids ... except that adorable little DJ. Fishman is another of those '90s child stars who took a step away from acting and, for a while, worked behind the scenes, according to his IMDB profile. But surely he wants to get back in front of the camera. I say cast DJ as a young father (Fishman, BTW, is now 28 and a father of two), toss in occasional cameos by Roseanne as Fishman's maddening mother-in-law and you've got yourself a gimmick just enticing enough to get some respectable basic cable ratings.
"Boy Meets World"? Try "Man Meets World." Savage is still acting -- he has busied himself mostly with indie movies and the occasional pop-in on a series like "Chuck" -- so he'd undoubtedly be interested. Maybe somehow drag brother Fred Savage into the mix and have them star in a semi-meta look at two former child stars trying to rebuild careers in Hollywood. Like, "Entourage"-y, but without burning out after two or three good seasons?
Any of these sound remotely interesting? If not, suggest some other potential '90s sitcom star comebacks in the comments.
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| August 17, 2010; 1:35 PM ET
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