The actors will also executive produce the spinoff along with its creators That ’70s Show alum Gregg Mettler, who will serve as the showrunner, writers of the original hit series Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, and also their Lindsay Turner.
In the late '90s, the sitcom That '70s Show aired on Fox and became incredibly popular. Now 20 years later, it's time for- you guessed it- That '90s Show. Netflix has reportedly picked up the sequel series which will have ten episodes. According to The Wrap, Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will reprise their roles as Red and Kitty Forman. The actors will also executive produce the spinoff along with its creators That ’70s Show alum Gregg Mettler, who will serve as the showrunner, writers of the original hit series Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, and also their Lindsay Turner.
The premise of the show set in 1995 Wisconsin, according to Deadline. That ’90s Show follows Leia Forman, the daughter of Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon), who is visiting her grandparents for summer. During this visit, she will bond with a new generation of Point Place kids under the "watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red." As of now, no other That ’70s Show cast members have signed a deal for the latest series, but it is expected that quite a numed of them including, Grace, Prepon and Ashton Kutcher, will make guest appearances to reprise their roles.
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Red and Kitty Forman will star along with Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna
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The series will be executive produced by Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner the Carsey-Werner Company banner. It's not the first time that the idea of a reboot for That ’70s Show was introduced. In fact, it has been going around for years now ever since the eight and final season of the show aired in 2008. The period sitcom starred Grace, Prepon, Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Laura Wilmer Valderrama and Lisa Robin Kelly, which focused on the gorip of six teenager friends who lived in a fictional Point Place in Wisconsin from May 17, 1976, to December 31, 1979.
The sitcom gained massive populaity and Fox decided to expand the franchise with That '80s Show but they could not capatlize on as the series could not replicate the same level of success as the original. The Glenn Howerton-starring series, which was set in 1984, ran from January-May 2002 for 13 episodes but flopped majorly. It was not a direct spinoff as the characters and storylines from both shows never crossed. However, the series' main charachers That '70s Show’s Eric Forman (Grace) and That ’80s Show‘s Corey Howard (Glenn Howerton) were first cousins. The latest franchise will be returning to Wisconsin for That ’90s Show after having moved to San Diego for That '80s Show.
That '90s Show will cotinue the Forman Family storyline and a person close to The Wrap said they are "hopeful" about the return of Grace, Prepon and others cast members from the original group. It's quite unlikely that Danny Masterson, who played Steven Hyde, would be invited back for the sequel due to to his three rape charges. He has pleaded not guilty to the crime and has been ordered to stand trial. Netflix has extremely keen on creating the sequel due to the massive viewership that the original series had obtained on its platform before leaving in September 2020. Since last year the premise by Mettler, Bonnie, Terry and Lindsay Turner began gaining tracking and the project was immediatiely undertaken by Netflix.