We have our first official look at That ’90s Show. A sequel series that serves as a follow-up to That ’70s Show, Netflix’s spinoff brings back Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp to reprise their beloved roles as Red and Kitty Forman. As you can see in the first look image above, some things never change, even if the decades do.
Smith and Rupp also serve as executive producers on That ’90s Show. That ’70s Show creators Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner also serve as writers and executive produce with daughter Lindsey Turner, as well as Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner under The Carsey-Werner Company.
Co-starring with Smith and Rupp will be Callie Haverda as Leia Forman, the couple’s granddaughter. She’ll be joined by a new group of friends to serve as the ensemble cast, which also includes Ashley Aufderheide, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Acee Donovan, Reyn Doi, and Sam Morelos. You can read the official loline for the spinoff below.
“Hello, Wisconsin! It’s 1995 and Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna, is visiting her grandparents for the summer, where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red. Sex , drugs and rock ‘n roll never dies, it just changes clothes. “
That ’90s Show Brings Back Most Original Main Cast Members
Better yet, it was also announced that most of the original starring cast of That ’70s Show are going to be joining Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp. Officially signed on to return are Topher Grace as Eric Forman, Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart, Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso, Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti, and Wilmer Valderrama as Fez.
Fans will certainly notice that Danny Masterson is not included in this lineup, making Stephen Hyde the only original member of the group of teens not to reprise his role for the spinoff. This is more than likely due to very serious criminal charges that have been leveled against the actor with a trial scheduled to start in August. Netflix had already severed its relationship with Masterson in the past when the allegations against him were made public. At the time, he had been co-starring with Kutcher on The Ranchwhich included appearances from other That ’70s Show alumni as well.
For his part, Masterson seems to have wished the others well with That ’90s Show. At one point, Debra Jo Rupp took to Instagram to post an image of her chair from the set as production was beginning. From his own Instagram account, Masterson had written to Rupp in the comments, “I pre-nominate you for the Emmy.”
That ’70s Show originally ran on Fox for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006. During its run, it spawned a short-lived spinoff series dubbed That ’80s Show, but it did not include any characters from its parent series. Netflix will certainly be taking a step in the right direction with this second spinoff by bringing back the Formans along with most of the original cast. Let’s hope cameo appearances from Tommy Chong and other cast members will be happening as well.
That ’90s Show does not yet have an official release date set at Netflix.
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