Frankie Muniz reveals what it would take for 'Malcolm In The Middle' reboot to go ahead

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By Asiya Ali

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Frankie Muniz has opened up about a potential Malcolm In The Middle reboot - and if everything comes together, it might just happen.

The 38-year-old actor-turned-professional-race-car-driver starred as the titular character in the beloved series that followed the misadventures of a lower-middle-class family in California.

The TV show ran for seven seasons between 2000 to 2006, and became one of the most popular sitcoms of its time, winning numerous awards and accolades - including Prime Time Emmy awards.

As it has been 17 years since the show ended, Muniz recently spoke about the possibility of a reboot on the Breakdown podcast, hosted by Mayim Bialik.

Check out Muniz on the Breakdown podcast below: 

The Agent Cody Banks actor told the 48-year-old actress that back in 2015, he tweeted: "How fun would 'Malcolm In The Mid-life Crisis' be? I wonder what Malcolm and his family would be up to now!" after binging the show for the first time.

"It was really interesting to watch because I really got to watch it as a viewer as I didn’t necessarily remember what was going to happen in the episodes," he said on the podcast. "My perspective of the show completely changed of what I thought the show was to what it actually was."

His post on the platform X (formerly known as Twitter) led to the cast sending emails together with everybody insisting: "We gotta do this, we gotta do it".

The show’s creator, Linwood Boomer, apparently said: "I think it would be amazing but I don’t want to do it," explaining that he didn’t have the time. However, he gave his blessing if the team got two specific writers on board.

While Muniz didn’t disclose who the writers are, he revealed that Bryan Cranston (who played Malcolm's dad Hal) is leading it and has been collaborating with the writers "for the last two years" to try and make it a reality.

"I would love it, especially as I have a greater appreciation of what the show is and was, and would love to dive in with all those people again to do it," Muniz said, before adding: "So many shows have been rebooted and so many shows shouldn’t have been rebooted.

"So, I don’t wanna be just like one of those shows, it has to make sense. It has to be good," the star added.

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Frankie Muniz starred in the hit television series Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. Credit: Vince Bucci / Getty

Elsewhere in the interview, Muniz opened up about his relationship with drugs and alcohol, telling the host that he is the only member of his family who doesn't drink.

Having suffered health issues over the years, including nine concussions as well as a mini-stroke in 2012, the actor clarified that there isn't a profound reason behind his decision not to consume alcohol.

"I've still never had a sip of alcohol, never done drugs," he admitted, to which the Blossom actress questioned: "Were you raised in a tradition that did not drink? Do you not want to drink?... You don't have to."

He explained that "every family member in my family drinks. And that’s what they do for fun," and said he "tried to figure out why I didn’t, because I don’t have a reason. It wasn’t, like, a religion."

Muniz mused that it likely goes back to his "hatred towards time," sharing: "When I was 15, 16 years old, I felt like I was so old. I had experienced so much. And I had experienced a lot in my life in comparison to most 15- or 16-year-olds.

"But even though I was in the entertainment business, I never saw it, meaning the drug use, any of that stuff. I somehow stayed away," he said, about avoiding the Hollywood parties. "I just went to the set and did my thing."

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Muniz revealed that he's never sipped alcohol or done drugs. Credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Getty

The father-of-one quipped that he "grew up thinking the only people who smoked pot were criminals on Cops," referencing the reality TV show, and said: "Now I talk to my dad about it, and my mom and they're like, 'We smoked pot every single day, you just didn't know.' It's a weird thing to think back at."

He then told Bialik that the first time he was around alcohol or drugs was when he was 18, disclosing: "In my mind, I felt like I had made it so long without it. I was like, 'Well, I'm not going to start now', even though I was only 18."

The sports star recalled people's "shocked or appalled" reactions when he would turn down alcohol at a setting like a nightclub, which he said influenced his decision to abstain.

"I was always kind of like, 'It’s so weird that people have such a strong reaction to me not drinking,'" he said. "Like, who cares? I don’t care what you do. Why do you care so much about me? I don’t know if I made a conscious decision, but it just stuck with me that I was never gonna drink or do anything.

"But now I’m 38 and I think I’m going to start tonight," he humorously said, before concluding, "Only kidding."

Featured image credit: Icon Sportswire / Getty

Frankie Muniz reveals what it would take for 'Malcolm In The Middle' reboot to go ahead

vt-author-image

By Asiya Ali

Article saved!Article saved!

Frankie Muniz has opened up about a potential Malcolm In The Middle reboot - and if everything comes together, it might just happen.

The 38-year-old actor-turned-professional-race-car-driver starred as the titular character in the beloved series that followed the misadventures of a lower-middle-class family in California.

The TV show ran for seven seasons between 2000 to 2006, and became one of the most popular sitcoms of its time, winning numerous awards and accolades - including Prime Time Emmy awards.

As it has been 17 years since the show ended, Muniz recently spoke about the possibility of a reboot on the Breakdown podcast, hosted by Mayim Bialik.

Check out Muniz on the Breakdown podcast below: 

The Agent Cody Banks actor told the 48-year-old actress that back in 2015, he tweeted: "How fun would 'Malcolm In The Mid-life Crisis' be? I wonder what Malcolm and his family would be up to now!" after binging the show for the first time.

"It was really interesting to watch because I really got to watch it as a viewer as I didn’t necessarily remember what was going to happen in the episodes," he said on the podcast. "My perspective of the show completely changed of what I thought the show was to what it actually was."

His post on the platform X (formerly known as Twitter) led to the cast sending emails together with everybody insisting: "We gotta do this, we gotta do it".

The show’s creator, Linwood Boomer, apparently said: "I think it would be amazing but I don’t want to do it," explaining that he didn’t have the time. However, he gave his blessing if the team got two specific writers on board.

While Muniz didn’t disclose who the writers are, he revealed that Bryan Cranston (who played Malcolm's dad Hal) is leading it and has been collaborating with the writers "for the last two years" to try and make it a reality.

"I would love it, especially as I have a greater appreciation of what the show is and was, and would love to dive in with all those people again to do it," Muniz said, before adding: "So many shows have been rebooted and so many shows shouldn’t have been rebooted.

"So, I don’t wanna be just like one of those shows, it has to make sense. It has to be good," the star added.

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Frankie Muniz starred in the hit television series Malcolm in the Middle from 2000 to 2006. Credit: Vince Bucci / Getty

Elsewhere in the interview, Muniz opened up about his relationship with drugs and alcohol, telling the host that he is the only member of his family who doesn't drink.

Having suffered health issues over the years, including nine concussions as well as a mini-stroke in 2012, the actor clarified that there isn't a profound reason behind his decision not to consume alcohol.

"I've still never had a sip of alcohol, never done drugs," he admitted, to which the Blossom actress questioned: "Were you raised in a tradition that did not drink? Do you not want to drink?... You don't have to."

He explained that "every family member in my family drinks. And that’s what they do for fun," and said he "tried to figure out why I didn’t, because I don’t have a reason. It wasn’t, like, a religion."

Muniz mused that it likely goes back to his "hatred towards time," sharing: "When I was 15, 16 years old, I felt like I was so old. I had experienced so much. And I had experienced a lot in my life in comparison to most 15- or 16-year-olds.

"But even though I was in the entertainment business, I never saw it, meaning the drug use, any of that stuff. I somehow stayed away," he said, about avoiding the Hollywood parties. "I just went to the set and did my thing."

wp-image-1263241084 size-full
Muniz revealed that he's never sipped alcohol or done drugs. Credit: Gabe Ginsberg / Getty

The father-of-one quipped that he "grew up thinking the only people who smoked pot were criminals on Cops," referencing the reality TV show, and said: "Now I talk to my dad about it, and my mom and they're like, 'We smoked pot every single day, you just didn't know.' It's a weird thing to think back at."

He then told Bialik that the first time he was around alcohol or drugs was when he was 18, disclosing: "In my mind, I felt like I had made it so long without it. I was like, 'Well, I'm not going to start now', even though I was only 18."

The sports star recalled people's "shocked or appalled" reactions when he would turn down alcohol at a setting like a nightclub, which he said influenced his decision to abstain.

"I was always kind of like, 'It’s so weird that people have such a strong reaction to me not drinking,'" he said. "Like, who cares? I don’t care what you do. Why do you care so much about me? I don’t know if I made a conscious decision, but it just stuck with me that I was never gonna drink or do anything.

"But now I’m 38 and I think I’m going to start tonight," he humorously said, before concluding, "Only kidding."

Featured image credit: Icon Sportswire / Getty