The ‘Clueless’ TV Reboot Is Officially Happening, and We’re Totally Buggin’
The twist makes it feel very 'Riverdale.'
Update, August 17th, 2020, 2:29 p.m. ET: It's been in the works, but the modern Clueless TV reboot has officially found a home on NBC's streaming service, Peacock. But this is far from the Clueless story you're used to from watching the movie approximately a jillion times. The reboot has a mystery twist, and it stars Dionne instead of Cher.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, CBS TV Studios describes the project as "a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans."
Now, with Cher gone, the show follows this big question: "How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?"
A prior Deadline report referred to the show as "Mean Girls meets Riverdale meets a Lizzo music video," and we couldn't possibly be more on board.
Peacock is no stranger to classic reboots, as it's also the home of the Saved by the Bell redux. And CBS TV Studios was also behind the late-1990s Clueless TV show.
There's no word yet on when we'll be able to watch the Clueless reboot, but as if we would miss it when it premieres.
Original post, October 18th, 2019: CBS TV Studios is currently working on a television reboot of the 1995 cult-classic comedy Clueless. And although we’re buggin’ about that information alone, we’re double buggin’ at the fact that Deadline describes the project as “Mean Girls meets Riverdale meets a Lizzo music video.” Um, sign us the heck up.
The site reports that the Clueless TV remake will consist of hour-long episodes revolving around high school queen Cher Horowitz’s BFF Dionne.
Stacey Dash played Dionne in the original 1995 flick and the 1996 Clueless TV series, which only ran for three seasons.
As for the Riverdale connection? In this upcoming show, there’s a big mystery component. The show, set in Los Angeles in 2020, reportedly opens with Cher’s mysterious disappearance. Dionne is not only left to uncover what happened to her best gal pal, but she also must subsequently step into Cher’s platform Mary Janes and rule the high school with humility and grace, as Cher did before her.
Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey, who wrote for Will & Grace, have penned the new series. Executive producers are Corinne Brinkerhoff, Tiffany Grant, and Robert Lawrence, who was a producer on the original Clueless movie.
Of course, because of the darker themes of the teen drama based on an original, comedic property, The CW is reportedly very interested in picking up the show. It would pair well with Riverdale, Nancy Drew, and its upcoming teen drama series Katy Keene.
However, the gritty take on Clueless would also go nicely with Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. So we have a feeling there will be a battle over who gets Clueless when it’s ready to air.
Although this idea seems original enough to distance itself enough from the original, fans are still concerned that CBS may be toeing a line that no one asked them to toe.
But others are intrigued. We want to see Paul Rudd reprise his role as Josh…LOL.
Whether you’re for or against a Clueless reboot, we can all agree that this news gives us a good excuse to rewatch the movie for the billionth time.