Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will return to whip these young whippersnappers into shape.
We truly are living in the golden age of reboot/sequel/legacy TV series and movie franchises. It's either that or Hollywood brings back beloved characters in the hopes that fans will come back to watch, no matter how underwhelming it may be. But maybe this will be different? Netflix has secured the rights to the sequel series 'That '90s Show', and the new generation of cast members have been announced.
Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp, who played Red and Kitty Foreman in the original 'That '70s Show', will be back - and this time around they'll also be executive producers on the 10-episode comedy series.
The story goes that Red and Kitty are enjoying their retirement years in Point Place in 1995 (finger's crossed their house still has that '70s feel, even with a '90s setting). Their granddaughter Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna's (Topher Grace and Laura Prepon), is visiting for the summer and bonds with a new generation of kids. We can probably expect Kitty to dote on Leia, while Red deals out his trademark backhanded remarks and
overbearing watchful eye.
The young cast members are made up of mostly unknown actors. Leia will be played by Callie Hope Haverda who is described as being "smart like her mom, snarky like her dad"; Ashley Aufderheide ('Emergence') stars as Gwen, who is a "Riot Grrrl"; Maxwell Acee Donovan as Nate, Gwen's brother; Mace Coronel ('Colin in Black & White') as "charming and flirty" Jay, Nate's best friend; Sam Morelos as Nikki, Nate's girlfriend; and Reyn Doi ('Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar') as Ozzie, who has "perspective beyond his years".
Will there be some cameo appearances from some of the former cast members? If all else fails, at least we'll be guaranteed one scene from the Foreman basement of the characters in a circle smoking weed?
The 1990s is often seen as a cheesy one, having been led musically by countless girl and boy bands during the decade, while also giving us the birth of major pop cultures that still remain on-brand today such as 'Pokemon' and 'Friends'. There has been a huge uptake of the decade on TV and movies of late too, with 'Captain Marvel', 'Derry Girls' and 'Pam and Tommy' just a few recent releases that come to mind.
Expect more details from 'That '90s Show' later this year.