Netflix has given a formal series green light to That ’90s Show, a follow-up to Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner’s hit That ’70s Show. Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will anchor the spinoff, reprising their respective roles as Red Forman and Kitty Forman. They will executive produce That ’90s Show alongside its creators, That ’70s Show alum Gregg Mettler — who serves as showrunner — Bonnie Turner and Terry Turner, and their daughter Lindsay Turner.
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Set in Wisconsin in 1995, That ’90s Show follows Leia Forman, daughter of Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon), who is visiting her grandparents for the summer and bonds with a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty and the stern glare of Red. Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll never dies, it just changes clothes.
There are no deals in place with other That ’70s Show cast members for the new series, but the expectations is that a number of them — including Grace, Prepon and Ashton Kutcher — will make guest appearances, reprising their roles.
Picked up for 10 episodes, That ’90s Show also is executive produced by Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner under the Carsey-Werner Company, which produced That ’70s Show and its offshoot That ’80s Show.
Chatter about a new incarnation of That ’70s Show has been percolating for years. Netflix has been particularly keen on the idea because of the big viewership That ’70s Show drew on the platform before it left in September 2020. The premise by Mettler, Bonnie, Terry and Lindsay Turner started getting traction late last year, and the project quickly was set up for development at Netflix.