Tommy Chong Returns as Leo in ’70s Show Spinoff

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Tommy Chong will resume his That 70s show role of Leo for the next Netflix spin-off, That 90s show.

Chong revealed that he will be returning for the spin-off series which will appear on The Dave Mark Show. “They never gave me any instructions, so I don’t know if I’m supposed to talk about it or not,” he said. “I really don’t care if I tell you the truth. That’s what I’m known for…I’m back as Leo.”

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Chong is perhaps best known as one half of the comedy duo, Cheech & Chong, along with Cheech Marin. However, he is also known for his recurring role as Leo, an aging hippie and owner of The Foto Hut, on Fox’s That 70s show, which he played for a total of five seasons. While Chong first appeared as Leo in season 2, his character would fade away in seasons 5 and 6, as Chong was serving a brief prison sentence in real life. However, it would return as a series regular for the final two seasons of That 70s show.


It was announced that Netflix That 90s show had received a series order in October 2021 from the original creators of That 70s show, Bonnie and Terry Turner. Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of the ’90s-themed spinoff series, with Gregg Mettler serving as showrunner. Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp were among the first cast members announced to be returning to the spinoff, reprising their roles as Kitty and Red Forman. Smith and Rupp will also serve as executive producers on the new series.

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Along with Chong, Smith, and Rupp, five of the six main cast members from the original sitcom will return for the sequel series for a variety of guest appearances. Returning cast members include Topher Grace as Eric Forman, Mila Kunis as Jackie Burkhart, Ashton Kutcher as Michael Kelso, Laura Prepon as Donna Pinciotti, and Wilder Valderrama as from Fes. Danny Masterson, who played Steven Hyde, will not be returning for the series and has been ordered to stand trial on three rape charges in Los Angeles, California.

While the spin-off will feature plenty of familiar faces, That 90s show will also feature a new ensemble cast for a new generation of teens. Callie Haverda plays Leia Forman, Eric and Donna’s daughter, who will spend the summer in Point Place, Wisconsin, with her grandparents, Kitty and Red. Described as “clever like her mother, sarcastic like her father”, Leia is ready for a new adventure and finds it “next to her grandparents’ house in Point Place”.


That 70s show aired in 1998 and aired for eight seasons on Fox, chronicling the misadventures of a group of teenagers in the 70s. All eight seasons of the series were available to stream on Netflix, but they left the streaming platform in 2020. That 90s show does not yet have a release date.

Source: The Dave Mark ShowGoing through ScreenRant


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