Freeform is out here making more TV dreams come true with the announcement of their upcoming series Party of Five at the network's official Freeform Summit presentation. It's a remake of the beloved 90s series of the same name that focuses on the Salinger family made up of five siblings and their lives after their parents were tragically killed in a car accident. In Freeform's version though, the story will focus on a Latino family of siblings, the Buendias, who now are all on their own after their parents are deported to Mexico. The creators of the original series Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman will once again be spear-heading the show and they'll co-write the pilot episode, along with Michal Zebede.
For those who haven't watched the original show yet, all six seasons are on Netflix so time to get binging. And you'll for sure recognize the faces that make up the Salinger kids: Charlie was played by Matthew Fox who Lost fans know and love, Bailey was played by Scott Wolf, Julia was played by Neve Campbell, and Claudia was played by Gretchen Wieners herself, Lacey Chabert. And we can't forget their baby brother Owen either, who was played by a few different actors throughout the show's run. POF also starred Jennifer Love Hewitt and is credited as catapulting all of the main cast's TV and movie careers since they went on to have huge success in the 90s and 2000s. The show was known for tackling tough topics like alcoholism and suicide and with its impressive young cast and heartfelt storylines, it snagged the Golden Globe for Best Television Series – Drama in 1996.
So this reboot has a lot to live up to but the fact that it's giving the show a modern twist since immigration and deportations are such important issues that will for sure resonate with so many people. The fact that the show will feature a Latino cast too is something else that will be exciting for viewers to see. Freeform has really been creating shows that are telling all different types of stories, and it's truly commendable. As of right now, the network has only ordered a pilot and not a full series order, but we have high hopes for this one. Let the dream-casting begin!