That ’70s Show was an interesting phenomenon. It was a show about nostalgia for many, set during a time when many of its viewers were growing up. That aspect made it a bit of a cozy show, contrary to its primary focus on comedy (often of the raunchy sort). Funnily enough, over the years, people have become nostalgic for the show itself, adding more layers to that effect than an onion parfait.
So while the recent announcement of a spinoff to That ’70s Show called That ’90s Show turned out to be a pleasant surprise for many, it makes perfect sense that it would happen. Nostalgia about a show about nostalgia is one heck of a cozy double down. Now, it looks as though things have begun progressing beyond the announcement stage, and a new shot from the set of Netflix’s sequel series almost feels like a warm hug after a long trip away from home.
Kurtwood Smith, who played Red Forman on the original series, is among the returning cast members to bridge the gap between it and That ’90s Show, and he just offered eager fans their first glimpse at the spinoff. Posting a Twitter picture of him and co-star Debra Jo Rupp, who played his wife Kitty (and recently enjoyed a role on WandaVision), Smith appears just as ready as the fans to return to Point Place, Wisconsin. “Same Red and Kitty. Different decade,” he wrote in the post, expressing a pretty clear eagerness to reprise his beloved role and see old friends again. Not to be outdone, Topher Grace also teased his return as Eric for the spinoff with a picture of his own, showing off how one of his old shirts from the original show still fits
The best part about the picture of Red and Kitty is how, at a glance, it could easily have just been a shot from the original That ’70s Show. Smith and Rupp are seen sitting at the kitchen table, surrounded by the types of wallpaper and cookware anyone would expect to find in their grandparents’ houses. While the designs may be a little different, it still feels just like the same kitchen fans have seen countless times. Now, with That ’90s Show, a new generation both inside the series and out will get to experience the hilariously stern stylings of Red and that laugh from Kitty that would put a smile on even the sourest of sourpusses.
Along with Smith and Rupp, That ’90s Show will feature the return of most of the original That ’70s Show cast, including Grace as Eric, Laura Prepon as Donna, Ashton Kutcher as Kelso, Mila Kunis as Jackie, and Wilmer Valderrama as Fez, who previously stated his intention to return as Fez if the timing was right. But it appears they’ll work more in supporting and guest roles around the new players. Set in 1995, That ’90s Show will feature Callie Haverda as Leia Forman, the daughter of Eric and Donna (an absolutely expected Star Wars reference from Eric), as she visits her grandparents (Red and Kitty) for the summer and forms bonds with the new local kids down in Point Place.
Along with Haverda and the returning faces, That ’90s Show’s new cast will also star Ashley Aufderheide, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Acee Donovan, Reyn Doi, and Sam Morelos as the new slew of characters. While the series doesn’t have a confirmed premiere date as of yet, it has received a 10-episode order and will release on Netflix.
That ’90s Show is now in production.