There are a few Nickelodeon shows from my childhood that I assumed were untouchable from the ghoulish rebooting hand of Hollywood. Clarissa Explains It All was pretty high up on that list, but as it turns out, nothing is safe and everything is up for grabs. I want to hide Are You Afraid of the Dark somewhere deep in the woods, because I’ll tolerate a Clarissa reboot, but goddamn it Nickelodeon, I cannot sanction a new Midnight Society.
According to sources that have spoken to The Hollywood Reporter, Nickelodeon and Melissa Joan Hart are in early discussions to reboot Clarissa Explains It All. Melissa played Clarissa Darling for five seasons from 1991 to 1994. Sources claim that the new Clarissa will star Melissa as adult Clarissa with a family and kids.
Clarissa creator Mitchell Kriegman is in talks to return to write and executive produce. Melissa will also executive produce with her mom Paula Hart, via their production company, Hartbreak Films. Nickelodeon wouldn’t comment, and the sources claim everything is early in development.
The reboot is probably going to involve almost zero effort. Clarissa spent most of her time talking to an invisible audience in her bedroom. In 2018, that’s called having a YouTube channel. She doesn’t even have to change her wacky mismatched wardrobe; she can just say she’s a LuLaRoe consultant now. I just hope that when it comes time for casting the rest of the family, Melissa considers calling up her old Melissa & Joey co-star Joey Lawrence and asking him to come in and read for the part of the dad. He could use the money right now.