The creators of the original series, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner are the writers for the spin-off as well as the executive producers. They will be joined by their daughter Lindsey Turner.
Once, during the 90s, people went on a nostalgia trip when the classic sitcom, That '70s Show, aired on TV. The show was set in Wisconsin suburbs where Eric, Kelso, Jackie, Hyde, Donna, and Fez— the six teenagers who were on a verge of adulthood, go through the classic adolescence struggles such as increased independence and risk-taking. Along with these relatable and stellar characters, the show also gave us future superstars like Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher.
Now a new generation of viewers will get to experience nostalgia, but from a completely different era. Netflix is spinning off of the previously hit Fox sitcom That ’70s Show, and the new comedy is titled That ’90s Show.
According to Variety, the spin-off will be for 10 episodes. What makes it absolutely special is that Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp, who played parents Red and Kitty Forman in the original series, have been confirmed and will reprise their roles.
The show will be set in 1995, and it'll show Leia Forman, daughter of Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon), visiting her grandparents for the summer. Leia bonds with a new generation of kids at Point Place under the watchful eye of Kitty and Red. There has been no mention of who will be playing Leia yet.
Would any other cast member from the OG show make it back to this? Well, that hasn't been revealed yet, but the silver lining is that they will be making guest appearances at least. Gregg Mettler, That '70s Show alum, will serve as showrunner.
The creators of the original series, Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner are the writers for the spin-off as well as the executive producers. They will be joined by their daughter Lindsey Turner. Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner under The Carsey-Werner Company are also executive producers of the show, along with Smith and Jo Rupp.
#That70sShow is getting a spinoff at Netflix titled “That ’90s Show.” https://t.co/VTBY55vpyW pic.twitter.com/HGea2UwVEn— Variety (@Variety) October 8, 2021
Since That '70s show did so well, Fox expanded the franchise with That ’80s Show, but it could not replicate the hype around the original show, and it only had a brief run. However, it was not a direct spinoff, and the characters and storylines from both shows never crossed.
The show also got its own British spin-off called Days Like These which also did not match the success of That '70s Show.
Meanwhile, Netflix has always been keen on a spin-off for That '70s Show, considering how it managed to attract a huge viewership before it left the streaming platform in September last year. Talks for the spin-off as it stands now began at the end of 2020, reported Deadline.
‘That ’70s Show’ sequel series ‘That ’90s Show’ ordered at Netflix— Fandom (@getFANDOM) October 8, 2021
Red and Kitty Forman will star along with Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna
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Now we'll have to wait for the show's release to see how it fares!
Cover Image Source: IMDb | That '70s Show (1998)