Party of Five EPs: Reboot Has 'Different' Story But 'Echoes' Original Series

TVLine | 2/5/2019 | Vlada Gelman
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The Salinger clan won’t pop up on Freeform’s Party of Five reboot — at least “not yet,” executive producer Amy Lippman said at panel for the forthcoming drama during the Television Critics Association winter press tour on Tuesday.

Whereas the original series centered on orphaned siblings, the new Party of Five focuses on the five Acosta children, who find themselves parent-less after their mother and father are deported to Mexico. “This show is about grief in a slightly different way, because what is lost is not gone forever,” explained EP Chris Keyser, who co-created the original Party of Five with Lippman. The immigration angle also gives the reboot two advantages: “One is, it’s real. It’s happening every day,” Lippman said. “The other is, when we did the original Party of Five, those dead parents stayed dead for six years. One of the things that excited us about doing the show now is that the parents are a factor. They’re not present, but they’re dealing with issues of, how are we trying to parent our kids from a distance?”

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