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1994 Fox Drama ‘Party Of Five’ Is Getting A Reboot, But With A Very Timely Twist


Freeform will be releasing the pilot episode for Party of Five. The original series aired on Fox from 1994 to 2000 with a total of 140 episodes. 

The reboot will be helmed by original Party of Five creators, Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. They will also serve as writers and executive producers for the reboot. The first episode of the series will be cowritten by Michal Zebede and directed by Rodrigo Garcia. Party of Five will feature an immigration storyline centered on the Buendias siblings after their parents are deported to Mexico.

Original Series Synopsis

The original series centered on the lives of the five Salinger siblings who were forced to band together after their parents died in a car accident. The series was canceled by the network after six seasons.

Matthew Fox played the role of Charlie Salinger, the eldest brother and legal guardian of his younger siblings. The other members of the Salinger family include Bailey (Scott Wolf), Julia (Neve Campbell) and Claudia (Lacey Chabert). Jennifer Love Hewitt also appeared in the series as Sarah Reeves. A short-lived spinoff, titled Time Of Your Life aired for one season on Fox after Party of Five was canceled, and it centered on Hewitt's character.

Freeform's pilot order came as a bit of a surprise since Party of Five was not necessarily one of Fox's most successful shows rating wise. However, the series was popular among female audiences.

Who Will Star In Reboot?

Casting for the upcoming Party of Five reboot is currently under way. In June 2017, Campbell shut down rumors suggesting that the original cast members will make an appearance in the reboot.

"It wouldn't make any sense whatsoever. If we haven't gotten over the death of our parents 20 years later we have a serious problem," said the actress.

Three years ago, Wolf said that he would be more than willing to return to Party of Five if someone will be able to write an interesting story for his character.

"I have nothing but fondness in my heart for that show and that experience. If someone came up with a fun enough idea and everyone was going to participate then why not?" said Wolf.

Karey Burke, Freeform's executive vice president, was the one who actively pursued the Party of Five reboot. Burke hopes to release the new episodes of the series four nights a week sometime this year. However, nothing has been finalized yet.

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