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‘That ‘70s Show’ spinoff ‘That ‘90s Show’ in the works at Netflix

By Christian Imperio Published Oct 11, 2021 9:02 am

A spinoff of Fox's hit comedy series That '70s Show is officially in the works at Netflix.

The streaming platform announced over the weekend that it has greenlit a 10-episode series order for That '90s Show, which will see the return of That '70s Show alums Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp as Red and Kitty Forman.

This time around though, the upcoming series will follow the story of Eric and Donna's daughter Leia, who is visiting her grandparents for the summer. Just like the original series, the show will see Leia (probably named after Princess Leia by Eric) hanging out with a new generation of Point Place kids at her father's basement under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red.

Aside from Smith and Rupp, there's still no word yet if other '70s Show alums will return for the new series. However, since the show will revolve around Leia, it's not farfetched to think that Topher Grace and Laura Prepon would also reprise their roles as Eric and Donna in some of the show's episodes.

The multi-cam setup show will have Gregg Mettler as its showrunner with original creators Bonnie and Terry Turner serving as executive producers along with Smith, Rupp, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner. Netflix has yet to announce a release date for That '90s Show.

Prior to That '90s Show, Fox initially released a '70s Show spinoff titled That '80s Show, which followed the story of Eric's first cousin Corey Howard during the height of the '80s. The show, however, failed to capture the essence of its predecessor, resulting in a 13-episode run in 2002.

First aired in 1998, Fox's hit comedy series ran for eight seasons with a total of 200 episodes. The show starred Grace, Prepon, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, and Wilmer Valderrama. Additional cast members include Smith, Rupp, Don Stark, Tanya Roberts, and Tommy Chong.