That ‘90s Show” brings back iconic series


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“That ‘70s Show” is arguably one of the most popular comedy series to be ever made. Airing in the early 2000s, the show was supposed to bring insight into what the teenage lives used to be like for the adults of the time. However, as time has gone on and 20 years have passed, an insight into what teen life was like for adults lies in the ‘90s. Hence, the spin-off : “That ‘90s Show.”
This would not be the first attempt to create a spin-off for the popular show. In fact, back in 2002, “That ‘80s Show” aired on Fox, but was canceled after 13 episodes for not drawing in much of an audience. Fortunately, Netflix is giving the show one more chance.

For quite a while, “That ‘70s Show” resided on the streaming platform. With this opportunity, the show drew in tons of new and younger viewers, despite the fact that it was no longer airing. It gained so many viewers that after it was removed in September of 2020, there was an uproar of angry fans asking for Netflix to put the show back on their platform. Netflix took this opportunity of major viewership to start developing its own spin-off series called “That ‘90s show” that will stream exclusively on their platform.

The comedy series will be ten episodes long and set in Wisconsin, 1995. It will follow Leia Forman, the daughter of the original characters Eric and Donna, who discovers the new generation of Point Place residents as she visits her grandparents, Red and Kitty, over the summer.

The cast for the new characters have already been revealed with Callie Haverda playing Leia Forman. Her friend group will be completed by Ryan Doi playing Ozzie, Maxwell Acee Donovan playing Nate, Ashley Aufderheide playing Gwen, Mace Coronel playing Jay and Sam Morelos playing Nikki.

Despite the new actors, many fans are eager to know if old characters will make a reappearance in the show. Looking at the plot, it is obvious that Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will be reprising their roles as Red Forman and Kitty Forman, respectively. Additionally, it is reported that Topher Grace (Eric), Laura Prepon (Donna), Mila Kunis (Jackie) and Ashton Kutcher (Kelso) were in discussions to possibly join the show as recurring characters. Unfortunately, there is not much information out to confirm if Wilmer Valderrama (Fez) will reprise his role. A character definitely not returning due to his legal controversies will be Hyde, played by Danny Masterson.

The real question is whether this show will live up to the original. Original creators Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner will be returning as writers. Not to mention, a few pictures of the set have been posted online, pleasing many fans.

Official filming started Feb. 11 and although there is no official release date yet, sometime in 2023 sounds promising.