Could a “Happy Days” reboot be in the offing? Well, actor Anson Williams recently said he was in talks with CBS about doing that very thing.
In a 2020 interview with Hollywood Life, Williams, who played Potsie Weber on the original ABC series, said he and Don Most were working on it. Most, also a “Happy Days” alum, played Ralph Malph in show creator Garry Marshall’s look back on life in the 1950s.
“Don and I had a meeting with CBS Productions because we figured out how to be able to reboot ‘Happy Days,'” Williams said. “You can’t get everybody, but we figured out how to do it with Don and I and bring in a lot from that particular platform in a fresh new way that really reboots the show.
“I won’t get into all the details, but it’s under consideration,” Williams said.
There’s no word on where the “Happy Days” reboot talks are at this time. One possibility might be that talks were pushed back once COVID-19 restrictions were put in place. Fans of the original show will have to wait and see what happens.
Cancer Scare Taught ‘Happy Days’ Star Williams Big Lesson
Real life, though, provided Williams with a powerful lesson that helped change his perspective.
In a 2017 interview with Closer Weekly, Williams said he was diagnosed with Stage 2 colon cancer in December 2016. The diagnosis caused the actor and director to shift his view on life itself.
“I turned it into a positive,” Williams said. “I learned I have a purpose for living.”
The “Happy Days” star did survive that cancer diagnosis but went through two surgeries and a three-week hospital stay. Williams said he found himself becoming more dedicated to his family as well.
“I learned to have a deeper appreciation for my family,” Williams said. “I always knew I loved them and they were important, but now it’s at a whole new level.”
Williams Says Henry Winkler Was Nothing Like ‘The Fonz’
Sometimes, fans of “Happy Days” may believe the stars they love are just like their characters in real life. Williams makes sure people know his costar and friend Henry Winkler is nothing like “The Fonz” at all.
Williams commented that Winkler was one actor who did not have a big ego in an interview with Smashing Interviews.
“Henry is the kindest, most decent person on earth,” Williams said. “He’s so not the Fonz. He’s an intelligent, wonderful actor with an amazing heart and social conscience. You know, we could have had large egos. We had millions of people watching us every week and we were The Beatles for years, but it never went to our heads. We all used it constructively.”
Winkler would go on to find fame, as did Williams, through “Happy Days.” Yet he’s done much more in his life, becoming an author, producer, and director in his post-Fonzie days.