Family-Friendly ABC Honcho Mulls ‘TGIF’ Comedy Revival

by | January 27, 2011 at 12:56 PM | TV News

Remember “TGIF”? ABC apparently hopes you do, because the network is mulling a plan to reestablish Friday evening as family-comedy night, as it did for the better part of the 1990s when its Friday-night sitcoms were grouped under the “TGIF” banner.

ABC has reportedly OK’d a pilot for a new comedy called “Other People’s Kids” that could become the centerpiece of a reconstituted TGIF lineup, speculates Deadline.com.

The show is about a 32-year-old guy “with no responsibilities” who falls in love with an older woman with two children. It’s presumably one of many shows out there under consideration at this time of year – the “pilot” season when networks begin sifting through the many proposed shows that come their way for possible inclusion on the new fall lineups that will be announced in May.

“Other People’s Kids” is a so-called “three-camera” comedy – which, in layman’s terms, means it’s a traditional sitcom, shot in a studio (usually before a live audience) with three stationary cameras, as opposed to the “single-camera” process that is so popular today and exemplified by sitcoms such as “Modern Family” on ABC, “The Office” and “Parks & Recreation” on NBC, and others.

Deadline.com says ABC’s new programming head, Paul Lee – who formerly worked at ABC Family – has been talking about returning to a TGIF-style lineup on Friday nights. The Web site notes that he has already OK’d a handful of other three-camera comedies that could play a part in his TGIF plans.

“TGIF,” of course, stands for “Thank God It’s Friday,” but it also meant “Thank God It’s Funny” in some of ABC’s marketing efforts for the lineup. Among the shows associated with TGIF in its heyday (it debuted officially in fall 1989) were “Full House,” “Family Matters,” “Perfect Strangers,” “Just the Ten of Us,” “Step by Step,” “Boy Meets World,” “Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper” “Sabrina the Teenage Witch” and others.