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Old 01-12-22, 02:14 PM
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Life Goes On sequel series starring Kellie Martin in development at NBC

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Life Goes On is inching a step further toward a return to primetime.

NBC has handed out a put-pilot commitment to a sequel to the former ABC drama with original star Kellie Martin attached to reprise her role. The potential series hails from writer/exec producer Nkechi Okoro Carroll and is set up at Warner Bros. Television, where the All American showrunner is based with a rich overall deal.

Carroll will pen the script and exec produce via her WBTV-based Rock My Soul Productions banner. The company’s Lindsay Dunn will exec produce. Original stars Martin and Chad Lowe will also be credited as producer, while former series creator Michael Braverman is set as an exec consultant.

Described as a sequel to the four-season drama that ran from 1989 to 1993, Martin will reprise her role as Becca Thatcher, who is now an accomplished doctor, and her extended family as she returns to her hometown.

The Life Goes On sequel was first announced last September when Carroll signed a new, eight-figure overall deal with Warners. The project was shopped to buyers late last year before landing at NBC with a sizable put-pilot order. (The project would still need to receive a formal pilot order in order for cameras to roll.)

Carroll has quickly become a key producer at the Channing Dungey-led studio. In addition to The CW’s All American, she also serves as showrunner on the network’s upcoming spinoff, All American: Homecoming, as Warners looks to turn the streaming hit into a larger franchise.

Life Goes On was a groundbreaking series and featured the first network show to feature a regular character who had Down syndrome (portrayed by Chris Burke). Warners owns the IP and licensed the original show to ABC for its original run. Bill Smitrovich and Patti LuPone played the parents.

Carroll is repped by WME, Felker Toczek and MetaMorphic Entertainment.

If you all don't remember Life Goes On. It aired in the early 1990s on ABC. Patty Lupone, Bill Smitrovich were the parents and the show was about their son who had Downs syndrome. I was in high school when it aired. I recall the focus was on the son and then later shifted from him to more about the daughter (Kellie Martin)


Here is the original show's opening credits



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Re: Life Goes On sequel series starring Kellie Martin in development at NBC

Corky came to my elementary school once. I have no idea what the assembly was about though.
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Re: Life Goes On sequel series starring Kellie Martin in development at NBC

No one, and I mean no one, asked for this.

Or Coach. Or Murphy Brown.

These things just need to stay dead.
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Re: Life Goes On sequel series starring Kellie Martin in development at NBC

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No one, and I mean no one, asked for this.

Or Coach. Or Murphy Brown.

These things just need to stay dead.
Hollywood is out of ideas. They'd rather reboot an old franchise instead of making a new show. They think that there is already a "built-in audience".

I watched Life Goes On back in the day and I'd check out the sequel series.

I'd love a Northern Exposure revival series sometime. That was an amazing show. There was talk of one, but nothing seemed to come from it.
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I watched Life Goes On back in the day and I'd check out the sequel series.
Yeah watched it as a kid. Anything with any name recognition or nostalgia factor is just an easy pitch.
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NBC is looking for something to be their This Is Us replacement.
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Originally Posted by Gizmo View Post
No one, and I mean no one, asked for this.

Or Coach. Or Murphy Brown.

These things just need to stay dead.
There was a Coach reboot? I must have totally missed it. I would have watched it only to show my kids what Patrick the starfish really looks like.
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Re: Life Goes On sequel series starring Kellie Martin in development at NBC

Warners owns the IP and licensed the original show to ABC for its original run
The key 4 words in that whole thing.

It's not that it's a good idea, or an idea anybody was interested in. It's just an idea they own.
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Originally Posted by fujishig View Post
There was a Coach reboot? I must have totally missed it. I would have watched it only to show my kids what Patrick the starfish really looks like.
They shot a Pilot a several years ago, but the project was scrapped even after it was ordered to series.

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There was a Coach reboot? I must have totally missed it. I would have watched it only to show my kids what Patrick the starfish really looks like.
It never made it past the pilot.

But, holy christ, they made 200 episodes of Coach!? ABC really does have a history of putting shows on the air and leaving them there like cans of soup in a bomb shelter.
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I recall the focus was on the son and then later shifted from him to more about the daughter (Kellie Martin)
Yeah, there was a definite pivot from focusing on Corky in the early seasons to Becca's tragic love life... losing one boyfriend in a car crash and then falling for a new boyfriend who was HIV-positive (played by Chad Lowe).

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Hey ABC, it's about time for an "According to Jim" comeback. Just sayin'...
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Re: Life Goes On sequel series starring Kellie Martin in development at NBC

I had a crush on Becca. 🥰 Not enough to watch the show consistently tho. At this point, where's the Seventh Heaven comeback?
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I had a crush on Becca. 🥰 Not enough to watch the show consistently tho. At this point, where's the Seventh Heaven comeback?
If it stars a grown-up Mackenzie Rosman (Ruthie), I'm all in.
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I . At this point, where's the Seventh Heaven comeback?
A darker take after it is revealed that Rev Camden has had inappropriate sexual contact with minor girls.
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Originally Posted by Count Dooku View Post
A darker take after it is revealed that Rev Camden has had inappropriate sexual contact with minor girls.
That's some dark shit right there.

Anyone else just google Kellie Martin? Still looking good these days.

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