HBO Reportedly Resurrecting One of Its Classic TV Shows

by Lauren Boisvert
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The show hasn’t been on HBO for 16 years, but “Six Feet Under” was and still is a favorite. The show followed the Fisher family through their personal journeys over five seasons. Nathaniel Fisher Sr. left his funeral home, Fisher & Sons, to the titular sons, Nate and David, when he died. The show centered around death and grief as concepts, and how we as human beings deal with those things in different ways.

Now, according to Pop Culture, there are tentative moves in the works to revive the HBO classic. Alan Ball created the original “Six Feet Under,” but so far there’s no word that he’s connected to the potential project. Ball’s writing was dark, twisted, and hilarious, which worked exceptionally well for a story about a funeral home.

The original show starred Michael C. Hall as David Fisher, a conservative, tense, closeted gay man. Peter Krause played his brother Nate, who is described as “prodigal” with a fear of death. It also starred Jeremy Sisto, Frances Conroy, Lauren Ambrose, Freddy Rodriguez, Mathew St. Patrick, and Rachel Griffiths.

As of yet, there’s no official news that HBO is bringing the show back for a revival, but Bob Greenblatt, former Chairman of WarnerMedia Entertainment, seems to be all for it. He told Deadline, “I’d love it. I just put up two of the key art posters in my office in the Santa Monica HBO office building, and I’m so proud of that show.”

Although Greenblatt doesn’t think it will return, he’s still proud of the work that was done on that “Six Feet Under.” He continued, “I love working at this company having had that wonderful experience. It cemented in me as a younger executive, how a company should be run and how a talent relationship should happen. It was the most satisfying experience I’ve probably ever had in this business, certainly as a producer. I tried to emulate it at Showtime, I continue to try to emulate it in all the places that I’ve been.”

“Six Feet Under” was a groundbreaking show, and not just because they sometimes dug graves. It focused on death and humor in conjunction in ways that hadn’t really been explored before. The characters often had conversations with the dead throughout an episode; creator Alan Ball said on the DVD commentary that those moments were the characters’ “inner dialogues” expressed as “external conversations.”

According to The New York Times, each character on the HBO classic was an island. They didn’t relate to each other well, but the show was about familial and romantic love in contrast with death. It broke down barriers, and confronted death head-on. The finale episode is considered one of the best of all time; it took the characters and visited them at the hours of their deaths, bringing everything full circle.