Everything We Know About the New ‘Party of Five’ Reboot
One of the most beloved shows of the 1990s is coming back, but with a twist. Freeform is reviving Party of Five, a drama about a group of orphaned siblings than ran from 1994 to 2000 on Fox. The Disney-owned network just ordered a 10-episode series from the show’s original creators Amy Lippman and Chris Keyer.
The reboot will focus on an immigrant family
In the original show, the five Salinger children must fend for themselves after their parents are killed by a drunk driver. The series starred Matthew Fox as Charlie, the 20-something elder brother who must take over raising his four young siblings: Bailey (Scott Wolf), Julie (Neve Campbell), Claudia (Lacey Chabert), and baby Owen.
In the reboot, the five Acosta siblings are left on their own after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico. The show stars Brandon Larracuente as Emilio, Emily Tosta as Lucia, Niko Guardado as Beto and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina. The pilot was written by Lippman, Keyer, and Michal Zebede.
A new show for a new era
Lippman and Keyer said they drew inspiration from real-life stories of family separations when updating the show for the current era.
“Today, stories of families being separated, children having to raise themselves in the wake of their parents’ deportations, don’t require any imagination; they are everywhere,” Lippman and Keyser said in a statement when the pilot was announced in September.
“This new iteration of Party of Five isn’t a retread of the original; it’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: that families persist no matter how great the obstacles,” they added.
About the cast
Larracuente will play oldest brother Emilio, an irresponsible aspiring musician. Viewers will recognize him from his roles for two Netflix series: Clay on 13 Reasons Why and Ben Rayburn on Bloodline.
In an Instagram post, he shared his feeling about the new show: “We are so excited to take on this project and create something special. Thank you to everyone who made this possible,” he wrote.
Tosta – who potrayed Leticia Cruz on the FX show Mayans M.C. — plays oldest sister Lucia, a straight-A student who has her sights set on college until her parents immigration problems threaten her plans. She starts to resist authority and becomes politically radicalized in response to her family’s situation.
Guardado (previously seen on The Goldbergs) plays Beto, who discovers that having to take on new responsibilities after his parents’ deportation gives him a sense of purpose and self-respect.
Legaspi plays Valentina, a precocious and resourceful 10-year-old. She’s frightened of facing the future without her mother, and her siblings have to step out and provide the support and structure she needs.
A premiere date of the Party of Five
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