A ‘Living Single Reboot’ May Be in the Works
It’s been over 20 years since the final episode of Living Single aired on FOX but with the show’s availability on streaming services, the series remains a viewer favorite. Dozens of shows have gotten reboots in recent years and many are hoping Living Single get its chance. Kim Fields says the cast is in talks about bringing the show back.
Kim Fields confirms ‘Living Single’ cast in talks about a reboot
Living Single ran from 1993-1998 and fans were not pleased with the final season. Many felt the fifth season of the show was rushed and lacked quality.
For years, fans asked for a redo of the finale or at least a reunion special with the full cast. Fields told Entertainment Tonight that fans may get their wish.
“We have a text thread, just the six of us. And then we have a text thread, the six of us and [show creator] Yvette [Lee Bowser],” Fields said. “We keep saying the [text] thread really just needs to be the reboot.”
As for why a reboot would be the best option, Fields says the show is still relevant.
“We recognize how valued the show is — not was, but is,” she said. “You can’t just run up and say, ‘Well, let’s just show where they would be now 20 years later, whatever it is, you know. It really is strategic and in creatively scientific terms of what these characters would be now and who they would be and what they would be. And what have they been through, and, you know, all of that.”
Despite the demand, Fields admits a big issue with a reboot is the hectic schedule of many of the actors. Queen Latifah is busy with her projects and Fields is also busy with several shows and films she’s directing.
“First of all, amen that everybody is busy,” she said. “Everybody’s been very, very busy,” she explained.
‘Living Single’ ran for a successful five seasons and inspired the creation of ‘Friends’
Living Single premiered in 1993 on FOX. The show followed the lives of six successful and single friends living and working in New York.
The show is considered to be the inspiration for Friends, which follows the same formula about friends living in New York. The difference between the shows involves Living Single having an all-Black cast.
The cast of Living Single has been open about feeling slighted by the network as the show was equally as successful as Friends during its run.
The major criticism of Friends is that the show lacked diversity. TC Carson spoke to such during recent interviews with YouTube’s Comedy Hype.
He notes that many networks like FOX build their fan base around shows with Black actors but don’t treat Black talent equally.
“We’re working in a business that is built on our backs, but doesn’t respect the person necessarily that it’s built upon,” he said. “There would be no FOX without all the Black shows they had on before that they let go…there would be no FOX. There would be no CW. When you point fingers, there are three fingers point back at yourself – so yes that is what it is but what are we doing, how are we moving the needle?”
All castmembers of Living Single are open to a reboot. Hopefully, their schedules will align to give fans what they want.