‘Party of Five’ reboot gets deportation twist

Neve Campbell is one of the original stars of 'Party of Five'. — AFP pic
Neve Campbell is one of the original stars of 'Party of Five'. — AFP pic

LOS ANGELES, Jan 19 — Nineties teen drama Party of Five is coming back, but this time instead of dealing with the accidental death of their parents, the sibling quintet see their mom and dad deported from the US.

Freeform, previously known as ABC Family, has ordered a pilot episode to test out a new version of classic 90s drama Party of Five.

Where once upon a time the Salinger brothers and sisters coped with life after their parents were killed in a car crash, the new Party of Five will be all about the Buendias family, after mum and dad are whisked away from their US home and sent back to Mexico.

Amy Lippman and Chris Keyser, who created the original series, are on board for the pilot episode, as is Michal Zebede of Castle and Al Pacino movie The Humbling.

The original series starred Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Lacey Chabert and Scott Wolf among its leads.

Lippman has gone on to create In Treatment, Masters of Sex and Ruth & Erica, while Keyser has been involved with Tyrant and The Last Tycoon.

Party of Five originally aired on Fox between 1994 and 2000. News Corp sold the Fox Family Channel to Disney in 2001, at which point it became known as ABC Family, before a subsequent rebrand to Freeform in 2016.

But that’s not the reason why the new Party of Five isn’t at Fox, according to Deadline’s reporting.

Instead, it’s because Fox already has something similar in the works: The childhood memoir of Orange is the New Black and Jane the Virgin star Diane Guerrero, In the Country We Love, has already been put into production by the network. — AFP-Relaxnews

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