Fans of the ever-popular 90’s sitcom Martin, may be sad to know that the show which was once rumored to be in the works for a reboot, may not be happening. In a world where other shows of its time like “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” are getting the treatment, the conversation would begin to heat up for the Martin Lawrence-led show, but his co-stars are shining a light on the plans, or lack thereof.
Martin blazed the television screens from 1992 to 1997, and its re-runs continue to dominate the airwaves. A few years ago, fans of the show were excited to see some members of the cast reunite, where they also shared that the show could possibly be returning. TMZ caught up with the actors and asked the question, to which Martin replied “Never say never. We don’t know nothing right now, but never say never.”
At that time, Tichina Arnold, who played the role of “Pam” also chimed in saying, “Within life there’s always new beginnings and there’s always change and there’s always new plateaus, so we’ll see what’s happening.”
In the midst of talks for the show’s potential future, tragedy met the cast when sadly Thomas Mikal Ford, who played the character of Thomas “Tommy” Strawn, passed away in 2016.
Tichina Arnold and Tisha Campbell (who played the role of “Gina”), frequent on-screen collaborators and real-life best friends, recently did an interview with Tamron Hall for her talk show where they opened up the disappointing news to their fans. “It’s something that we wanted to happen,” said Arnold. “It’s something that we tried very hard for it to happen, but the way it looks to me, realistically, it’s not going to happen.” Arnold also added that “a show can never be a reboot without the original cast.”
However, they are mulling over the idea of other possible ways to retool the show, such as a live-action animation. “Maybe, but as far as a reboot, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Arnold said. “Tommy is no longer with us… This show is never going to be the same, it’s never and some things are best left alone.”
While there may not be a Martin reboot or reunion on the horizon, the actresses, who have also frequented as hosts of recent Soul Train Awards festivities over the years, will be starting their talk show, “Tisha & Tichina Have Issues,” very soon. As of now, there is no information on the show’s airdate.