Netflix’s upcoming series “That ’90s Show” is a much anticipated second attempt at a sequel to “That ‘70s Show.” Original show stars Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith recently gave emotional (and extremely on brand) answers about reuniting for the new series.
Rupp, who plays Kitty, explains how wonderful it is to see Topher Grace, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Laura Prepon, and Wilmer Valderrama. While all of them are adults now and most have become superstars, to Rupp it seems like no time has passed. She keeps fighting back tears as she reminisces about stories from “That ‘70s Show” including Kunis telling her about her first-ever kiss with, her now real-life husband, Kutcher. “At least he is cute,” Rupp giggles.
The entire segment is done while the cast gets their hair and makeup done. When Smith, who plays Red, enters the two banter just like we would expect their characters too. Smith accuses Rupp of stealing all the funny lines in their scenes together. While she laughingly denies it and calls him a grump. When some of the new teenage cast enters the room she insists none of them need makeup, a total Kitty move. Here is hoping the “That ’90s Show” cast builds bonds and memories as strong as the “That ‘70s Show” cast.
Set in 1995, the new series will follow Leia Forman, the daughter of Eric Forman and Donna Pinciotti. Leia is desperate for some adventure in her life and a best friend who isn’t her dad. She finds just that when she goes on a trip to visit her grandparents in Point Place, Wisconsin. And she seemingly finds everything in Red and Kitty’s next-door neighbor Gwen, a dynamic and rebellious teen. Excited to reinvent herself she is able to convince them to allow her to stay in Wisconsin for the summer. Leia soon falls in with Gwen’s friend group including her lovable brother Nate and his laser-focused girlfriend Nikki, the sarcastic and insightful Ozzie, and the charming Jay (son of Michael Kelso and Jackie Burkhart). Kitty is elated to have a basement full of teens again. While Red…may be fighting the urge to put some boots up asses.
In addition to Rupp and Smith, “That ’90s Show” also stars Callie Haverda, Ashley Aufderheide, Mace Coronel, Maxwell Donovan, Reyn Doi, and Sam Morelos.
“That ’90s Show” premieres January 19th, 2023 on Netflix. Check out the featurette below: