5:00am PT by Lesley Goldberg
'Party of Five' TV Reboot in the Works With Immigration Twist (Exclusive)
Party of Five may be returning to the small screen.
Original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman are readying a reboot of their former Fox drama with an immigration twist.
The original Party of Five ran for six seasons and focused on five siblings — Bailey (Scott Wolf), Charlie (Matthew Fox), Julia (Neve Campbell), Claudia (Lacey Chabert) and their baby brother Owen — who unite as a family after their parents are killed in a car crash. The reboot would be about a first-generation Latino family who have immigrated to the U.S. and are living through the highs and lows as they learn to make it in a new country. (The fate of the family's parents is being kept under wraps.)
The reboot is in the early stages — a network is not yet attached — and producers Sony Pictures Television Studios have yet to hear the pitch, sources say. Sony TV declined comment.
The San Francisco-set Party of Five aired for six seasons on Fox, from 1994-2000. The series helped launch the careers of Wolf, Fox, Campbell and Chabert, as well as notable guest stars including Jennifer Love Hewitt, while tackling serious themes including substance abuse, domestic abuse, cancer and its central theme: the loss of a parent. The series won a Golden Globe in 1996 for best drama. Party of Five also spawned a short-lived spinoff — Time of Your Life, which centered on Hewitt's Sarah Reeves as she moved to New York — that lasted one season on Fox. Created by Keyser and Lippman, the short-lived series co-starred Jennifer Garner and Pauley Perrette.
Reboots continue to remain in high demand this development season as broadcast, cable and streaming outlets look for proven IP in a bid to cut through a cluttered landscape of more than 450 original scripted series. Also in the works this season are reboots of True Lies (Fox), The Jetsons (ABC), The Munsters (NBC) and Starsky and Hutch (Amazon), among others. Key to the remakes is having the original producers — in this case, Sony — involved in some capacity as more studios look to monetize their existing film libraries.
Immigration has become one of development season's biggest trends thus far. Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez — whose CW series has often tackled the subject — has set up two dramas addressing the topic.
Keyser, whose credits include The Last Tycoon, Tyrant and Sisters, is repped by CAA; Lippman (Masters of Sex, Sisters) is with WME.