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January 2023



Kurtwood Smith Talks Red Forman's Return in "That '70s Show" Spin-Off

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It’s been well over a decade since That ‘70s Show went off the air, but fans of the beloved sitcom can now tune in to Netflix to see the return of Red Forman, played by Kurtwood Smith. The actor recently sat down with Smashing interviews Magazine to discuss the new sequel series, That ‘90s Show.

According to Smith, the series picks up with Red retired and living in Wisconsin with his wife Kitty. However, when their granddaughter Leia (played by Callie Haverda) comes to visit, she befriends the kids in the neighborhood and the basement is soon filled with kids (and smoke) again. Despite his initial reluctance, Red finds himself enjoying the company of the young people.

Eric (Topher Grace) and Donna (Laura Prepon) return to Point Place years later with daughter in tow. Other cast members reprising their roles include Debra Jo Rupp (Kitty Forman), Wilmer Valderrama (Fez), Mila Kunis (Jackie Burkhart), Ashton Kutcher (Michael Kelso), Don Stark (Bob Pinciotti) and Tommy Chong (Leo).

One notable absence from the cast is Danny Masterson, who played Steven Hyde. Smith said it's "too bad" that Masterson won't be returning and that he hopes all of his friend's issues "get worked out."

Fans of the original series will be pleased to know that Red's famous "foot in the ass" routine is still very much a part of the show. Smith says that Red's granddaughter and her friends "learn that pretty quick."

The first season of That '90s Show premiered on Netflix on January 19, 2023, and it's already been getting positive reviews from audiences. So if you're a fan of the original series, be sure to check out the new adventures of Red and the gang.

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