When the American sitcom That ’70s Show was released onto Netflix earlier this year, it was a hit among nostalgic-loving millennials. So naturally, the streaming platform has ordered a reboot.
The series ran for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006 and launched the careers of Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon and Wilmer Valderrama. The comedy also featured accomplished actors Debora Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith. Set in the late 1970s, it followed the lives of six teenagers living in the fictional town of Point Place, Winsconsin. Kunis and Kutcher, who’s characters dated on the show, are now married!
Netflix has since announced the release of That ’90s Show which similarly will take place in Winsconsin. Set in 1995, it will continue the story of Eric Forman (played by Grace) and Donna Pinciotti’s (played Prepon) daughter. According to Variety, Leia Forman visits her grandparents for the summer where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place teens under the supervision of Kitty and Red.
Yes, that means Rupp and Smith will make a return. The original creators of the show, Bonnie and Terry Turner, will serve as executive producers.
Let’s take a moment just to imagine the costuming.
It’s not yet known if any other cast members will reprise their roles but we’re hoping to see an appearance from Prepon and Grace. In 2016, Kutcher alluded to the fact that he wouldn’t return for a reboot.
“That ’70s Show is a nostalgic show,” he told Entertainment Weekly. “I think it was nostalgic as it was being made, and now it’s nostalgic for a different reason. And I just don’t know that anything that we’re going to do that would be new would be better than what we did. And when you run that risk, I think it’s better to leave things alone.”
It is the second attempt at a successful spin-off. In 2002 the creators launched That ’80s Show to a poor reception. It was cancelled by Fox after 13 episodes. A release date for the next series has not been announced so stay tuned.