Unfortunately for “Martin” fans, a reboot of the beloved 90s sitcom is unlikely to happen, according to the show’s Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold. The actresses appeared on Tamron Hall’s the “Tamron Hall Show” show on Friday (April 23) to discuss the series’ reboot rumors.
“It’s something that we wanted to happen,” Arnold explained. “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. Not unless it’s an animation.”
She continued, “Tisha brought up a great idea to do animation of it, but I would say a show can never ever be rebooted without the original cast.”
Campbell starred in the series as “Gina,” Martin’s girlfriend-turned-wife, while Arnold appeared as “Pam,” Gina’s best friend. The series also featured Carl Anthony Payne II, the late Thomas Mikal Ford and, of course, the titular star Martin Lawrence. Sadly, Ford passed away in 2016 at the age of 52 after suffering an abdominal aneurysm.
Though a full reboot is unlikely, Arnold says the show might still be able to have a “rebirth” or even a “reunion,” Campbell suggested.
“But as far as a reboot, I don’t think that’s going to happen,” Arnold continued. “Tommy is no longer with us.”
“This show is never going to be the same. It’s never gonna be the same. And some things are best left alone,” she added.
Rumors about a potential “Martin” restart first began in 2018 after Lawrence, Campbell and Arnold were interviewed by TMZ. At the time, Lawrence teased, “Never say never. We don’t know nothing right now, but never say never.”
Arnold added, “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.”
The last “Martin” episode aired in 1997.