The network outfit at Hulu (aka the fictional version of the show) gets a little confused when a hot indie writer, Hannah (Rachel Bloom of “Ex-Girlfriend”), wants to reboot something called “Step Right.” Up!” Instead of the original idea, why would he want to give an old sitcom “Who’s the Boss?” a more artistic twist?
He has his reasons, and it’s perhaps not surprising that the actors are eager to reprise their roles, especially for those sweet salaries. However, she’s horrified by the pack’s original producer, Gordon (Paul Reiser, stealing scenes right and left), the proverbial bull in a china shop with very different ideas about how his baby should be treated.
Some of the jokes are too obvious, like the network’s earnest VP of comedy (Krista Marie Yu) saying, “I’m new to humor.” Others can be almost painfully inside baseball, unless of course you relate to sitcom heavyweight Chuck Lorre, who produces so many shows that take out other creators.
Also, that’s part of the latitude that streaming allows, and other elements, like generational conflict, are often funny and occasionally sweet. (Yes, the “Seinfeld” “No Hugs, No Learning” rule is sometimes violated, though rarely for long.)
Levitan created a series about a sitcom 20 years ago for Fox (“Greg the Bunny,” we barely knew him), so give him credit for giving the underlying concept another try in what should have been a more welcoming time and place.
The first season of “Reboot” is a brisk eight episodes, and it seems to leave plenty of room for more hurt feelings and hijinks to come. And if it works, who knows? In 25 or 30 years, there might even be a “Reboot” reboot.
“Reboot” premieres Sept. 20 on Hulu.