That '70s Show co-stars Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will soon reunite on television as husband and wife, but this time, they won't be the Formans. Best known as Forman family parents Red and Kitty on the Fox comedy series, Smith and Rupp have once again been cast as spouses for a new Untitled Nate Bargatze Comedy at ABC. The multi-cam series comes from comedian Nate Bargatze and is based on his life and comedy. The Carmichael Show creators Jerrod Carmichael and Ari Katcher are directing with Danielle Sanchez-Witzel serving as showrunner.
In the pilot, Bargatze is starring as a fictionalized version of himself with Katie Aselton (Legion) playing his wife Laura. The story will follow their move from California to Nate's native Tennessee to raise their 6-year-old daughter. This is when they find their pursuit of a simpler life to be more difficult than they imagined. With Smith and Rupp playing Nate's parents, the series seems to be fairly reminiscent of Everybody Loves Raymond, though Bargatze's comedy style is certainly very different from Ray Romano's. There's not many other details about the story to go on at this time, though if nothing else, the casting is definitely on point.
Like in the pilot, Nate Bargatze hails from the town of Old Hickory, Tennessee. As a comedian, Bargatze has frequently been seen on late night comedy shows like The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. The comic has had many specials on Comedy Central as well. In 2014, his first album Yelled at by a Clown peaked at #2 on the Billboard Top Ten Comedy Charts for two weeks. His first Netflix half-hour special was released as a part of the ongoing series The Standups in 2017, and earlier this year, his hour-long special The Tennessee Kid debuted on the streaming service. While not a household name at this point, Bargatze seems to be a rising star in the comedy world, so this upcoming series has a lot of potential.
As for Smith and Rupp, nobody who's seen That '70s Show will ever forget their iconic performances. Among a diverse cast of interesting and unique characters, The series explored what life was like for a group of teenagers living in the '70s, with the story focusing primarily around the Forman family household. As parents Red and Kitty Forman, Smith and Rupp are still by far among the most memorable parents to ever be featured on a sitcom. Topher Grace co-starred as Red and Kitty's son Eric Forman, alongside Laura Prepon, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Wilmer Valderrama, and Danny Masterson.
More recently, both actors have kept busy. Smith had a recurring role on the Epix neo-noir thriller Perpetual Grace, LTD, which just concluded its first season this month. Rupp also recently appeared on This Is US and can be seen in an upcoming storyline on Entertainment Weekly.