'Groundhog Day' TV show in development, according to Stephen Tobolowsky

Gregory Wakeman
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Stephen Tobolowsky says that a Groundhog Day TV show is in development (Image by Columbia Pictures)
Stephen Tobolowsky says that a Groundhog Day TV show is in development (Image by Columbia Pictures)

Groundhog Day star Stephen Tobolowsky has teased that a television adaptation of the hit 1993 comedy is currently in development.

Tobolowsky, who played Ned Ryerson in the original film, made this admission during his recent interview on The Production Meeting podcast, coming straight out and declaring, “There’s talk about a Groundhog Day series in the works.”

It turns out that Tobolowsky was approached about starring in the potential TV show, which would apparently be set thirty years after the original and would see Ryerson unknowingly caught in a time-loop again. Tobolowsky is clearly interested, too.

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“One of the producers – I was working on Goldbergs or Schooled, one of those shows over on the Sony lot, and one of them saw me, goes, ‘Oh, Stephen! Stephen! We’re working on a Groundhog Day TV show, could you be Ned for the TV show?’ I go, ‘Sure. Yeah, no problem.’ You know? But, it’s Ned, you know, thirty years later, you know? What has his life become?”

SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 12: Stephen Tobolowsky attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)
SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 12: Stephen Tobolowsky attends the 25th Annual Critics' Choice Awards at Barker Hangar on January 12, 2020 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images)

Groundhog Day is widely regarded as one of the most innovative and popular comedies of the last 30 years. It starred Bill Murray as a misanthropic weatherman who travels to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual festival.

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But after a blizzard traps him in the town, Murray starts to live the same day over and over and over again. Groundhog Day writer Danny Rubin has claimed that Murray was stuck in the day for 10 years, however it has previously been speculated that he was actually trapped for 10,000 years.

It seems unlikely that Murray would be involved in any sort of sequel to Groundhog Day, as Andie MacDowell, who played his love interest in the film, said back in 2018 that he’s “never going to do it, so you can forget that.”