Los Angeles—Twenty years and several other series of varying success later, Jason Bateman has confirmed through his publicist that a “Hogan Family” reunion movie is finally going to happen.
“I’m thrilled to get back together with them,” Bateman said of his former co-stars Sandy Duncan, Josh Taylor, Jeremy Licht and Danny Ponce. “I had a terrific time working with all of them, no matter what we were calling the show, or what 70s star I was supposed to have a maternal relationship with.”
The series, which ran on NBC from 1986 to 1990 and on CBS from 1990 to 1991, started out as “Valerie,” named after star Valerie Harper. After she was fired from the show after two seasons over creative control, the show changed its name to “Valerie’s Family.” Sandy Duncan and her Wheat Thins were brought in to raise Bateman and his fraternal twin brothers. The name of the series eventually changed to “The Hogan Family” in the hopes that the American viewing audience would entirely forget Valerie Harper was ever in it. Josh Taylor played the Hogan patriarch when he wasn’t doing soap opera stuff on “Days of Our Lives.”
Bateman said that Mitch Hurwitz had finished the script for the reunion movie, since he had no other film scripts to work on that AMERICA IS WAITING FOR, MITCH!!! For Heaven’s sake, you think Michael Cera is going to come back to the set now that “Scott Pilgrim” has taken off? WHAT THE HELL ARE YOU WAITING FOR, HURWITZ?!?!
Bateman said that all the other stars of “The Hogan Family” are all on board and shooting should begin at the end of the summer.
Bateman was hush-hush on the plot of the reunion movie, but sources who’ve read the completed script by Hurwitz have said that the family’s lost everything, and the one son, Bateman’s character, “David,” had no choice but to keep them all together. It’s “The Hogan Family.”