‘Party Of Five’ Reboot Gets Series Order At Freeform
US network Freeform has given a 10-episode season order to a rebooted version of classic 90’s drama ‘Party Of Five‘ it has been announced.
The new take on the show comes from original creators Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman, who wrote the show with Michal Zebede (‘Castle’). Where the original version followed five siblings who were left orphaned when a drunk driver killed their parents, this new iteration of adds a timely and modern immigration twist. It following the five Acosta children as they struggle to survive together as a family after their parents are deported to Mexico.
The series stars Brandon Larracuente (’13 Reasons Why’) as Emilio, Emily Tosta (‘Mayans M.C.’) as Lucia, Niko Guardado as Beto (‘The Goldbergs’) and Elle Paris Legaspi (‘Animal Kingdom’, ‘Vida’) as Valentina. Keyser, Lippman and Zebede exec produce with Rodrigo Garcia (‘Nine Lives’) directing and also exec producing. Sony Pictures TV serve as the studio.
“Party of Five embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be a family in the most trying of times. We’re so lucky that Freeform gets to be the home for this reimagined story, as we continue to represent the resilience of young adults and the importance of fighting for your voice in times of doubt,” comments Freeform president Tom Ascheim. “We are thrilled to be able to share the groundbreaking storytelling from Amy and Chris with a new audience, and are excited for our viewers to discover the beauty of this series.”
The original series ran for 6 seasons from 1994 to 2000 and starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert. In 1996 it picked up a Golden Globe for best television drama and spawned the short-lived spin-off series ‘Time of Your Life’, which saw Jennifer Love Hewitt reprise her guest role as Sarah, on/off girlfriend to Scott Wolf’s character, Bailey.
“We couldn’t be more excited to bring Party of Five to another generation of fans,” adds Jeff Frost, president, Sony Pictures TV. “Amy, Chris and Michal’s distinct voice makes this series incredibly relatable and authentic. We are truly proud to be part of this journey.”
It’s way too early for a UK broadcast announcement for ‘Party Of Five‘, but we’ll let you know as soon as we hear something.