In a surprise announcement from Netflix, the company has revealed it will be picking up That ’70s Show spin-off That ’90s Show for a 10-episode season. I wasn’t aware a spin-off/revival was even in the works, but this latest show will reunite series creators Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner with executive producers Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner for what could best be described as a sequel series.
’70s series regulars Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will be reprising their roles as Red and Kitty Forman, respectively. The new series will start in 1995 and follow the exploits of Leia Forman, the daughter of Eric Donna from the original series. Visiting her grandparents for the summer, Leia will take viewers through the old stomping grounds of Point Place to show how
little much has changed.
Considering the mere existence of this series confirms some long-believed fan rumors about the original, it seems That ’90s Show will also star Topher Grace and Laura Prepon in some limited capacity. Netflix likely couldn’t fit the bill to make them series regulars, hence the staging of Leia being on vacation.
I’m not sure how I feel about this news, especially considering Fox tried a spin-off before in That ’80s Show. Heralded by pretty much everyone as a total failure, I would hope that this new spin-off would learn from the mistakes of its predecessor. There’s also the fact that That ’70s Show simply hasn’t aged well. I don’t know what a new series could do to change things.
Source: Netflix PR