Just a few months after Netflix first announced that it was making a spinoff series to That ’70s Show, the streamer has officially unveiled the cast. In a press release, Netflix invited viewers to “Come Home to Wisconsin.” The logline for the show reads: “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. Sex, drugs and rock ’n roll never dies, it just changes clothes.”
Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp were previously reported to be returning to play Red and Kitty. Joining them are a handful of series regulars playing the new Point Place teens. Callie Haverda will star as Leia, who craves adventures and has inherited a mix of her mom’s intelligence and her dad’s snarkiness. Her new best friend is the fiercely loyal and rebellious Gwen (Ashley Aufderheide). Another pair of best buds is the video-obsessed Jay (Mace Coronel) and Gwen’s older brother Nate (Maxwell Acee Donovan), who’s always up for some fun. Nikki (Sam Morelos) is Nate’s very focused and driven girlfriend, and Ozzie (Reyn Doi) is the sarcastic member of the group who wishes the world could accept the fact that he is gay like his friends do.
For those craving familiarity, the character descriptions for Red and Kitty should provide some comfort. Red’s reads “A classic never goes out of style. When the new kids bring out the old Red, the spring in Red’s step puts a spring in Kitty’s too!” while Kitty may finally be in her element: “A whole new world opens to Kitty with the new generation and she is right at home. It has never been cooler to be Kitty.” Both Smith and Rupp will serve as executive producers, along with showrunner Gregg Mettler, creators Bonnie Turner, Terry Turner, and Lindsey Turner, and Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner under The Carsey-Werner Company. The multi-camera series will consist of ten episodes. Deadline also reports that original cast members such as Topher Grace, Laura Prepon, Mila Kunis, and Ashton Kutcher are in negotiations to return.