That '70s Show

That ’70s Show Star Topher Grace Addresses Possible Cameo In That ’90s Show

Star of That '70s Show, Topher Grace, talks about making a potential cameo in That '90s Show, the follow-up series that's set to premiere on Netflix.

That ’70s Show star, Topher Grace, recently addressed the possibility of making an appearance on the upcoming follow-up, That ’90s Show, coming to Netflix. It’s already been confirmed that alums Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith would be leading the new series, along with a cast of new characters. Production of the ten-episode first season began in February 2022 and will be executive produced by That ’70s Show creators, Bonnie and Terry Turner, with their daughter Lindsay penning the pilot episode.

That ’90s Show will follow the daughter of former protagonists Eric (Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon) as she spends the summer with her grandparents (Rupp and Smith.) That ’70s Show ran on Fox for eight seasons from 1998 to 2006, enjoying a resurgence in popularity when it was added to Netflix. That ’90s Show will take place 15 and a half years after the conclusion of its predecessor and explore the trends and cultural touchstones of the mid-1990s.

In an interview with SiriusXM’s The Jess Cagle Show (via Comicbook) Grace reflected on That ’70s Show, admitting “It’s hard for me to watch that show in reruns” because of how nostalgic it makes him feel. Grace then briefly spoke on the upcoming That ’90s Show, referring to Rupp and Smith as his “great friends.” However, when asked about a potential cameo on the spinoff series, Grace said, “Oh, I don’t know. It’s all top-secret.”

With so many established actors getting their start from That ’70s Show, it would make sense that audiences would want to see their return. Along with Grace and Prepon, former cast members Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis have all been in negotiations to appear on the new sitcom. It’s expected that former cast member Danny Masterson will not appear on the series due to ongoing legal issues.

That ’90s Show has an interesting challenge ahead of it to channel the nostalgia of That ’70s Show as well as the nostalgia for the 1990s, a tricky balance between familiarities. It makes sense why the producers don’t want to lean on old cast members too much, for it wouldn’t allow their new cast to develop as organically and become the new focal point. With all the potential that could come out of That ’90s Show, the old cast is sure to appear in one way or another, but it’s more important that the new series establishes its own identity first.

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