A spinoff of the hit Fox sitcom That ’70s Show has been ordered for Netflix, Variety reports. There’s currently an order for 10 episodes of the new show, titled That ’90s Show. It might seem too soon to start parodying the nineties, but there is actually a similar gap between each show’s premiere date and the year their universes are set in. This iteration will be produced by Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner, who were responsible for That ’70s Show and its much less successful spinoff, That ’80s Show.
What was That ’70s Show?
The original That ’70s Show aired on Fox from 1998 until 2006. There were 8 seasons and 200 episodes, and it launched careers for well-known performers Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, and Wilmer Valderrama. The show is set in Point Place, Wisconsin, and the first episode begins on May 17, 1976.
The story largely revolves around the relationship between two teens, Eric (Grace) and Donna (Prepon), with their antics counter-balanced by the old-school parenting of Eric’s parents, Kitty and Red, played by Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith.
The premise of That 90s Show?
In the newly ordered series, things begin in the year 1995. Eric and Donna’s daughter, Leia Forman, has come back to Wisconsin to visit her grandparents and make references to the ’90s era for the amusement of millennials everywhere.
Who is returning from the original cast?
Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will be returning as the elder Foremans, but the biggest group returning is from the production side. In addition to the Carsey-Werner Company, the original series creators Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner are coming back as writers, and bringing their daughter Lindsey Turner to write as well. Gregg Mettler, who produced the original, is coming on as the executive producer and showrunner for the series. Both Smith and Rupp are getting executive producer credits along with their roles.
It was reported on April 30 by Variety that even more original cast members had agreed to sign on for at least a cameo in the new series. Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, and Wilmer Valderrama are all supposed to be coming back as their original characters for guest appearances. The only notable exception is Danny Masterson, who is facing trials for multiple sexual assault accusations. Masterson played Hyde on That 70s Show.
There was a That ’80s Show.
Fox tried to cash in on the popularity of the first show by expanding the franchise in 2002 with That ’80s Show, but it only aired from January to May that year. Set in San Diego, there was less of a direct connection to That ’70s Show than this new series; Eric Foreman was supposed to be the cousin of the show’s main character, Corey Howard, played by Glenn Howerton. The storyline began—and ended—in 1984.
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