Robin Thede and London Hughes are set to lead the Perfect Strangers reboot. Thede is also writing the remake of the ’80s sitcom which is in development at HBOMax.
The half-hour, multi-camera comedy reboot follows perfect strangers Deja (Thede) and Poppy (Hughes) unexpectedly discover that they are half-sisters when they both inherit a one-bedroom apartment above a trap yoga studio in Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Polar opposites, they must learn how to live and work together.
The original sitcom starred Mark Linn-Baker and Bronson Pinchot with Pinchot playing Balki Bartokomous from the fictional island of Mypos. It was created by Dale McRaven and produced by Miller/Boyett Productions and ran for eight seasons and 15 episodes between 1986–1993 on ABC. The original starred Linn-Baker as Midwestern American Larry Appleton and Pinchot as his distant cousin from Europe.
Thede isn’t just writing and starring in the Perfect Strangers reboot, she will also executive produce the series. Robert L. Boyett, who produced the original series, will also executive produce. Warner Bros. Television will produce. Thede currently has an overall deal at the studio under her For Better or Words banner.
This project comes as part of Thede’s overall deal with the studio, which she signed last year. Her A Black Lady Sketch Show recently aired its second season and has been renewed for a third for HBO.
She is also known for her work on “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore” and for hosting and executive producing the BET late-night series “The Rundown with Robin Thede.”
Hughes, who had a small role in Fleabag, recently hosted The Netflix Afterparty and is developing a comedy feature, Hot Mess, with Will Packer Productions and Universal. In 2019, she developed an NBC single-camera comedy with Larry Wilmore, who Thede worked with as head writer of Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore.