Well, they’re rebooting Party of Five but not in the way I would have wanted them to. According to Variety, the new POF will be about the Buendias siblings whose parents are suddenly deported to Mexico, and not about a gimmicky new restaurant that will only seat parties of five, and has a special Valentine’s Day menu for polyamorous groups of 5 ONLY.
The new series hails from original “Party of Five” creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman. Keyser and Lippman will serve as writers and executive producers. Michal Zebede will write and co-executive produce. Rodrigo Garcia is set to direct and also executive produce. Sony Pictures Television Studios will produce. Freeform had previously given the project a put pilot commitment back in January.
I was a dedicated watcher of the original series and don’t think I’m interested unless Bailey makes a cameo as a drunk birthday clown who tumbles into a cake. The new idea sounds way too serious. Having one’s parents die in a car crash leaving you orphaned to eat sugary breakfast cereal and stay up watching TV as late as you want is a fantasy I think a lot of kids have. It’s melodramatic and soapy! But having a bunch of kids watch their parents get deported is a little too on the nose at this time and no fun at all.
Maybe I’m just bitter. One of my most mortifying moments came as a result of Party of Five. I had a crush on this guy at work and we would always chat at the water cooler (or, freezer full of frozen lumpia a lady in accounting was always pressuring everybody to buy, as was the case) about the previous night’s episode. One night I cranked up my little iMac and drunk emailed him “want to get together and make a party of 2 sometime?”. I can’t remember if he replied but I do know that we both spent the next two years pretending that it never happened. So, fuck this reboot!