There has been at least some talk of a That '70s Show reunion in recent years, possibly as a one-off movie. If such a thing ever does happen, Tommy Chong wants in. Chong, known best as one half of the comedic duo Cheech & Chong, starred as Leo, a burnout stoner who becomes something of a father figure to Hyde (Danny Masterson).
I recently had the chance to chat with Tommy Chong about his latest movie, Color Out of Space. During our conversation, I asked him if he had heard anything about a possible That 70s Show reunion and if he'd be interested in coming back for it. While he hasn't heard anything officially, Chong was quick to say he'd be interested in coming back. Here's what he had to say about.
"Oh yeah! Totally. Totally interested. And you're the first to talk about it. But yeah, it would be a great idea. Even to do another show would be appropriate."
Back in October 2017 during an appearance on Steve Harvey's talk show, Wilmer Valderrama, who played Fez on the popular sitcom, said there had been some discussions about a possible revival. While he downplayed a full-on revival series, he explained That 70s Movie may be in the cards. Speaking further in our interview, Tommy Chong said the younger cast members haven't spoken to him about it, at least not yet.
"They never talk to us. The kids always had their own little click going. And the supporting cast like [Debra Jo Rupp and Kurtwood Smith] Red and, what was the mom's name? Kitty! And Don [Stark] and his wife [Tanya Roberts] and myself, we were part of the older guys. The kids all hung together. But yeah, I would love to do anything, especially with That 70s Show, because it was so iconic."
That 70s Show debuted on Fox in 1998. The series centered on Eric Forman, played by Topher Grace, as well as his friends and family who were growing up in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the 70s. Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher and Laura Prepon were also part of the core ensemble. The series was a huge hit and ran for 200 episodes across eight seasons, going off the air in 2006. The show has remained popular in the years since, thanks to syndication and streaming deals.
In recent years, Hollywood has become quite obsessed with reboots and revivals of classic shows. In the age of the great streaming wars, it feels like a That 70s Show reunion could do quite well for the right company and could find a home rather easily. Given that many members of the cast are quite busy these days, that could be a major hurdle. But if it does happen, Tommy Chong will be waiting by the phone. In the meantime, you can see Chong in Color Out of Space, which arrives in theaters this weekend from RLJE Films.