who were famous or became famous later on in their careers.In 1988, series creator Don Reo had begun a producing partnership with Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas, in which the latter two were bringing his screenplays to television under the established Witt/Thomas Productions nameplate.Blossom's mother, Maddy Russo, was played by Melissa Manchester.Blossom's best friend Six Lemeure (Jenna von Oÿ) also played a significant part in her life.
Tony was going through his first drug/alcohol rehab period (in which Terry remarked that "he had a serious problem--he missed all of 1989"), and had his own separate scene with Blossom in the kitchen, late at night, as he gave her sage anecdotes about their lives.
The creation process was born when Reo attended a family party thrown by his long-time friend Dion Di Mucci, the lead singer of Dion and the Belmonts.
Reo regarded Di Mucci as being a "hip, with-it musician father", giving calm, sage, non-judgmental advice to his children and loving them unconditionally.
Don Reo created the series, which starred Mayim Bialik as Blossom Russo, a teenager living with her father and two elder brothers.
The series focuses on the life of Blossom Russo (Mayim Bialik), an Italian-American teenager.