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Everything To Know About Netflix’s That ’70s Show Spinoff, That ’90s Show

Two former cast members are confirmed to return, and four more are now in talks.

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That ’70s Show ran for eight seasons on Fox from 1998 to 2006 and launched the careers of several high-profile actors, including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama. Set in the late 1970s, the period comedy centered around six teenage friends living in fictional Point Place, Wisconsin, as they navigated high school, friendships, and young love, processing it all by smoking tons of marijuana. The beloved sitcom has received continuous fanfare thanks to its longtime availability on Netflix, though it left the platform in September 2021. However, the streaming service announced on Oct. 8 that a spinoff titled That ’90s Show is in the works, and a few original cast members have already been confirmed to appear. Here’s everything to know about Netflix’s That ’90s Show, including its plot, cast, trailer, and release date.

Netflix’s That ’90s Show Plot

Alongside the series’ announcement on Oct. 8, Netflix revealed That ’90s Show, like its predecessor, will take place in Wisconsin. Set in 1995, the spinoff will center on Leia Forman, aka the daughter of Eric Forman (Grace) and Donna Pinciotti (Prepon), as she visits her grandparents, Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp) and Red Forman (Kurtwood Smith), in Point Place for the summer. There, she will form bonds with a new generation of teenagers and explore sex, drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll — just like those who came before her.

Original series creators Bonnie and Terry Turner will work on That ’90s Show as executive producers, while co-creator Mark Brazill will act as showrunner. The series marks Terry Turner and Brazill’s second attempt to revive the franchise. Midway through the initial run of That ’70s Show, they joined forces to launch That ’80s Show in 2002, an indirect spinoff that centered on Eric’s cousin Corey Howard (Glenn Howerton) and his group of 20-something friends in San Diego, California. After one 13-episode season, That ’80s Show was canceled by Fox.

Netflix’s That ’90s Show Cast

Familiar faces will definitely be on That ’90s Show, as Rupp and Smith are reprising their roles as Kitty and Red in addition to executive producing the series. This time, the beloved onscreen couple will be keeping their eyes on their granddaughter, Leia.

Months after Rupp and Smith’s involvement was announced, Netflix finally revealed who’ll play the new group of teens. According to a Feb. 3 announcement from the platform, Callie Haverda (Shut Eye) will play newcomer Leia, who’ll be thrust into a new social group at Point Place. Ashley Aufderheide (Emergence) plays the rebellious Gwen, who also happens to be the unofficial local leader. Maxwell Acee Donovan (Gabby Duran & The Unsittables) plays Gwen’s friendly older brother, Nate. Important note: Nate also owns this series’ quintessential van.

Mace Coronel (Wireless) plays Jay, Nate’s BFF who’s “charming and flirty” and “armed with a video camera” while Sam Morelos (Extraordinary Night) plays Nikki, Nate’s driven girlfriend with a rebellious streak. Rounding out the gang is Ozzie, who is gay, “sarcastic,” “insightful,” and played by Reyn Doi (Side Hustle).

Some of the original cast members previously voiced hesitations about returning for any spinoff. In a 2016 interview with People, Valderrama said, “Fez will never happen again.” That same year, Kutcher told Entertainment Weekly, “That ’70s Show is a nostalgic show. 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.” However, according to a Deadline report, Kutcher, along with Kunis, Grace, and Prepon, are in negotiations to come back, so there might be a chance he’ll change his mind.

There are a few others who aren’t expected to return for various disheartening reasons. Lisa Robin Kelly, who played Eric’s older sister Laurie in Seasons 1-3, left the series in 2001 due to issues with alcohol abuse, per ABC News. She briefly returned to That ’70s Show for four episodes in Season 5 but was later replaced by Christina Moore for Season 6. In 2013, three months after she was arrested for a suspected DUI, Kelly checked herself into a California rehab center and passed away in her sleep on Aug. 15. The Los Angeles Department of Coroner later concluded that the 43-year-old actor died due to an accidental unspecified oral “multiple drug intoxication,” per Westside Today.

Kitty’s best friend and Donna’s mother, Midge Pinciotti, was played by Tanya Roberts, also known from ABC’s Charlie’s Angels and the 1985 James Bond film A View to a Kill. When her husband, Barry Roberts, fell terminally ill in 2001, she exited That ’70s Show after Season 3. The actor returned to the series for guest appearances in Seasons 6 and 7 before officially retiring from acting in 2005. After experiencing illness due to her history of hepatitis C, Roberts passed away on Jan. 4, 2021, at 65 years old.

Unlikely to return for That ’90s Show is Danny Masterson, the actor who played Steven Hyde, aka Eric’s best friend. After That ’70s Show, he went on to appear in films and television series, including Yes Man and Netflix’s The Ranch. In March 2017, four women accused Masterson of sexual assault, and a fifth woman made rape allegations in December 2017; he has denied all the accusations. In June 2020, he was charged with raping three women in the early 2000s and Masterson has continuously pleaded not guilty in court. As of January 2022, the case is moving forward, and his first criminal trial is set for August.

Netflix’s That ’90s Show Release Date & Trailer

Netflix has yet to unveil the release date or trailer for That ’90s Show. If it follows many of the streaming service’s other series, viewers can expect episodes to drop about a year after the show enters production, though that date is also to be determined. And considering casting is still in the works, it’ll be a while before the trailer is ready.

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