‘Jeopardy!’ Guest Host Mayim Bialik’s Classic 1990s Series May Get a Reboot

by Megan Molseed

It’s more than just “opinionation,” and the sun looks like it will shine. Or, at the very least it will bring a bit of a “Blossom” with it. Former “Jeopardy!” guest host and recently-named co-host, Mayim Bialik may be reviving one of her most popular characters; the one that made her a star in the 1990s.

In a recent interview, “Hawaii Five-O’s” Joey Lawerence mentioned he may be interested in participating in a revival of the hit 1990 series “Blossom.” Lawrence who portrayed the title character’s dimwitted but oh-so-charming brother Joey Russo in the hit series also noted that Bialik has shown interest as well. However, whether or not the star will find time to work on the revival is a whole different issue.

“I would be!” Joey Lawrence said when asked if he’d be up for the reunion. “There’s been several talks about it.”

However, Bialik’s schedule has been jam-packed lately, and it seems as if it won’t let up anytime soon, either.

“Jeopardy!” Host May Have Schedule Conflicts When It Comes to Reboot Plans

The “Jeopardy!” co-host portrayed the star of the sitcom’s title character, Blossom Ruby Russo. So she would be necessary for the reunion. However, her Fox sitcom Call Me Kat was renewed for a second season and she was just hired to host Jeopardy! primetime specials and tournaments.

I know Mayim [Bialik] is interested,” said Lawerence, adding that some of the show’s creators are also in. “That’s the three-headed monster that you need to be interested in,” said Lawrence.

The actor added that he already has an idea how he would play Joey Russo so many years later.

“I always say Joey Russo at 40 would be absolutely hilarious,” he said. “The fact that he’s basically not changed, I love that.”

“Blossom” made its series debut in the summer of 1990 on NBC. The coming-of-age comedy enjoyed five successful years on primetime television.

“Blossom” Reboot In the Works?

The series portrayed Mayim Bialik as a teenager living with her two older brothers Joey (Lawrence) and Tony (Michael Stoyanov) and their father, Nick (Ted Wass.) When the series begins, Blossom’s mother (Melissa Manchester) has left her home and children to pursue her own career outside of the family. Actress Jenna von Oy portrays Blossom’s best friend Six.

The new named “Jeopardy!” host has mentioned that the series creator has developed a script for a “Blossom” reboot; should the cast decide to go through with the reunion. However, Bialik noted, the new script took a different route from the original series so producers have been difficult to find.

“We think that sitcom reboots are really trendy and we get that’s a draw, but we felt that for our character and for all the characters of Blossom, that would actually be more fitting to not do a sitcom reboot,” Bialik explained of the format change.

“Blossom held a very special place in a lot of people’s hearts,” Bialik continued. “So we’re hoping that at some point we could see if that might happen.”

Joey Lawrence said that how much of a revival “Blossom” will receive is up in the air, should the cast and creators get that far. Even if the hit series would simply return for a few episodes, it’s something fans of the 1990s hit are sure to enjoy.

“You gotta think about that, as entertainers, that it’s really a way to give back and it’s really cool to be able to do that,” Lawrence explained. “Nothing bothers me more when I go see a concert and the artist doesn’t want to sing their hit songs because they’re tired of them.”