‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Mayim Bialik Just Announced Some Big ‘Blossom’ News
Though she’s currently been trading guest hosting duties with Ken Jennings at the Jeopardy! lectern, The Big Bang Theory alum Mayim Bialik is known for her many acting roles. Becoming a teen star in the 90s sitcom Blossom, Bialik is donning her iconic hat once again to resume the fan favorite character in an upcoming cast reunion.
Mayim Bialik reveals ‘Blossom’ and ‘Call Me Kat’ crossover
Bialik played Blossom Russo, a teen living with her divorced dad (Ted Wass) and two older brothers Joey (Joey Lawrence) and Anthony (Michael Stoyanov), who spends most of her time with her BFF Six Lemeure (Jenna Von Oy). The NBC comedy ran for five seasons and was a fan favorite with young viewers.
Now starring in Call Me Kat, Bialik plays the title role of a 39-year-old single who cancels her wedding and uses the cash to open a cat café in Louisville, Kentucky. Apparently, the sitcoms are soon going to intersect.
“Whoa. This is some big fun news,” Bialik recently captioned on Instagram, using the iconic catchphrase coined by Lawrence. “Blossom cast reunion is coming! Are you as excited as I am?!”
Season two of the Fox Network comedy premieres on Jan. 9 with Blossom stars Lawrence, Stoyanov, and Von Oy. The alums will play versions of themselves just stopping by the cat café while in town for a celebrity golf tournament. A preview has already been released to promote the episode.
‘Blossom’ stood out from other ’90s teen shows
Though Blossom aired during the same era as more adult-themed shows like Beverly Hills, 90210 and Melrose Place, the sitcom wanted to offer teens a more relatable sitcom and main character. Bialik felt strongly that Blossom be portrayed as a typical teenage girl.
“We were very consciously selective about the way we presented this character,” she told Entertainment Weekly. “It was important to all of us that Blossom still looked like a teenager,”
Still, The Big Bang Theory star and show producers sought to tackle sensitive topics that were relevant at the time.
“We were constantly needing to ask for permission,” Bialik explained of bringing in more complex subject matter. “For example, we wanted to talk about safe sex which is a very important thing to be talking about. This was the era that Rock Hudson died. The fact that we wanted to talk about condoms and safe sex was considered very scandalous.”
‘Blossom’ reboot in the works?
Bialik and Blossom creator Don Reo have been working on a limited reboot for the series but haven’t been able to get the green light for production.
“We’ve had a lot of trouble getting our network onboard,” she revealed. “It’s been really fascinating. At a certain point, I may just start a grassroots fan campaign to see if we can do it because we absolutely would love people to see where these characters are. … We do have a well-formed idea and we would love someone to let us do it.”
In the meantime, Blossom fans can get their fix when the cast reunion airs on Call Me Kat‘s season two premiere on Jan. 9.