A late 90s sitcom may be headed back to television in the form of a revival. Smart Guy, which starred Tahj Mowry (Full House, Baby Daddy) as wizkid TJ Henderson, is aiming for a reboot, via Shadow and Act. According to an interview with Vice, Mowry said the show’s return is “sort of going to be a sequel, a continuation.”
Mowry detailed how the show would follow adult TJ and “what he’s up to now,” via Shadow and Act. In the Vice interview, Mowery stated he developed a “fresh take” that would allow both original fans and new viewers to enjoy the series alike.
Smart Guy aired from 1997-1999 on the network formerly known as the WB (now the CW). It starred Mowry as a 10-year-old Washington D.C. native who’s high IQ allowed him to enroll in high school. Here the pre-teen attended school with his older siblings played by Essence Atkins (Ambitions, Half and Half) and Jason Weaver (ATL, Drumline). The show also starred Omar Gooding (Baby Boy, Family Time) as Weaver’s goofball best friend and, John Marshall Jones (White Men Can’t Jump, The Troop) as TJ’s father.
Mowry stated he hoped the show would arrive on Disney+, as this is the current streaming home for the original sitcom, according to Shadow and Act. This news comes to light just as Netflix announced the purchase of several Black 90s and 2000s sitcoms they’re streaming later this fall.