The streaming service revealed that the upcoming sitcom will take place in a different decade: the ’90s. That’s right, ‘That ’90s Show’ is the official ‘That ’70s Show’ spin-off, with original creators Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner stepping in as executive producers.
The new comedy will time travel viewers to Wisconsin in 1995, where Eric and Donna’s daughter Leia is visiting her grandparents Red (Kurtwood Smith) and Kitty (Debra Jo Rupp).
Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will reprise their roles as Red and Kitty, respectively, and will also serve as executive producers.
“Hello, Wisconsin! It’s 1995 and Leia Forman, daughter of Eric and Donna, is visiting her grandparents for the summer where she bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red,” the upcoming show’s logline reads.
“S**, drugs and rock ‘n roll never dies, it just changes clothes.”
The original show debuted in 1998 and ran for 8 seasons until ending in 2006. It featured stars including Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Topher Grace, and more hanging out in the Formans’ basement.
Previously, one spin-off of ‘That ’70s Show’ was attempted at Fox in 2002, called ‘That ’80s Show’, which followed a different group of teens in the, you guessed it, ’80s. But the show was short-lived, as it was canceled after 13 episodes.
“That ’70s Show” star Tanya Roberts, who played Donna’s mother Midge, passed away in January 2021.
The news of her death was widely misconstrued and many thought she had died earlier than what her publicist said.
Several of her cast members mourned the loss. “I was so sad to hear that Tanya Roberts has passed away. She was a Bond girl, one of Charlie’s Angels, and truly a delightful person to work with,” wrote Grace on social media at the time. “I had never acted before and, to be honest, a little nervous around her. But she couldn’t have been kinder. We’ll miss you Midge.”
“Tanya had a big deep hearty laugh. She was all instinct and beauty. In the first season of 70’s we had a scene in the kitchen, drinking cocktails and laughing together,” Rupp added. “She laughed, spit her drink in my face, apologized profusely and did it 3 more times. I loved her. RIP beauty.”