BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 18: Director Steven Levitan arrives at the Saban Community Clinic's 43rd Annual Dinner Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on November 18, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/Getty Images)
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The Idea For Hulu’s Reboot All Started With The Revival Of Roseanne
At the end of “Modern Family,” series creator Steven Levitan had to figure out how he would follow up the show. With networks rebooting their success stories left and right, Levitan decided to lean into the revival craze, but instead of reinventing the wheel, he chose to create “Reboot,” a show about a network’s attempts to bring back a beloved sitcom.
Levitan had a light-bulb moment for “Reboot” when Roseanne was revived on ABC, creating a watershed moment for the recent revival craze. Levitan was interested in the absurdity that in today’s Golden Age of Television, so many shows are simply recycled, so he thought, why not make a show about this craze and the larger-than-life characters involved?
While “Reboot” is more mature and meta than “Modern Family,” the two shows share their biting humor and comforting escapism. Levitan explained, “I didn’t want this to be a cynical show”, but rather “a chance to reflect on all my years in this business, with all the eccentric, ridiculous, wonderful people that I’ve met…” in a way that everyone can laugh at.