Topher Grace Discusses ‘That ’70s Show’ Reunion In Netflix Spinoff

“Home Economics” kicks off a new season in the happiest place on earth: Disneyland! Season 3 of the ABC sitcom kicks off with the Hayworths at the iconic theme park, joining a long list of shows that have episodes dedicated to Mickey and his friends.

“This isn’t just a season premiere, it’s a dream come true to get paid to go to Disneyland. I can see how much pressure they had to put on you to come here to interview us today,” “Home Economics” star Topher Grace joked to ET’s Matt Cohen in Anaheim, California.

The actor acknowledged that when he shows his two young children that he shares with his wife, Ashley, in the premiere episode, there may be some anger on their part about why they couldn’t join him on set. “I was thinking maybe this would be a good place to bring them, the happiest place on Earth. But my wife said that because of COVID my children never come to see me work. My wife said, ‘This can’t be your first day at the office with dad, can it?’” Grace recalled. “It’s Disneyland. They will never think of any other career, so they will not come. But they will be mad at me in the future when I show them this episode.”

In the season opener, Tom (Grace) discovers that Connor (Jimmy Tatro) is his new boss, which threatens to derail Marina’s (Karla Souza) perfectly planned trip to Disneyland.

The 44-year-old actor credited his co-stars, who include Caitlin McGee and Sasheer Zamata, for creating a family atmosphere that he believes appears on screen.

It’s luck. It’s similar to dating where you can have your friends say, ‘Oh, you and this person would be great together,’ but you don’t know it. He was certainly excited about everyone on the show, but you don’t know until that first day or two. And she was nervous,” Grace admitted. “I’d been with a dream team that I loved before on TV and I was nervous about going back and then about 48 hours into filming I was driving home, like, smug because it’s so much easier when you don’t have to pretend. When you’re actually playing a family feeling with people who feel like family.”

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Grace was subtly referring to “That ’70s Show,” the iconic sitcom he directed as Eric Forman alongside co-stars Laura Prepon, Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis and Wilmer Valderrama. He will return to that world for Netflix’s updated spinoff “That ’90s Show,” where he will reprise his beloved character. Grace’s TV parents Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp will also return, along with Prepon, Kutcher, Kunis, Valderrama and Tommy Chong.

“If ‘Home Economics’ has a family feel, it was pretty much the same but it was a family reunion,” Grace shared. “It was like going home for Christmas to see your whole family. It really was like Christmas. Was a present. They are all amazing, amazing people who are so influential in my life and who I have become. To be able to go back and not only hang out with them, which was really fun, but to be able to work with them again…it was great. And I can’t wait for people to see it.”

The spin-off series begins in 1995 when Leia Forman, daughter of Eric (Grace) and Donna (Prepon), visits her parents for the summer, where she joins a new generation of Point Place kids under the watchful eye of Kitty (Rupp). ). and the stern look of Red (Smith). Sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll never die, she just changes her clothes.

“I only did one episode, but I’m in my first one, so I’m really excited for people to do it,” Grace hinted.

Returning to “Home Economics,” Grace’s co-stars happily talked about the show’s special Disneyland episode and also previewed the new season.

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“It’s great to be here at Disneyland. It feels like a field trip for the cast, which is nice,” said Tatro. “It’s nice to take a trip like this, especially to Disneyland, a place that I’m not going to lie, I love a lot, more than most of the rest of the cast.”

“I’m still pinching myself, I can’t believe it’s happening. I think it’s a definite bucket list moment and no one in my family is going to believe me until they see the episode. And they’re still going to think it’s all CGI,” Souza said. “My children don’t know I’m here and please don’t tell them! If I tell you, every day when I say I’m going to work there will be a scream fest and you’ll want a bubble wand at the end of the day, every night!

McGee, who is pregnant with her first child, called the experience “a blessing” and that she can tell her baby that “in the womb she was already in Disneyland, which is very exciting.” “We’re all becoming five-year-olds, it’s incredibly exciting,” she confessed. “You can have Disney as your playground. As an actor, he is a dream come true for all of us.”

Zamata added: “’Home Economics’ is a family show. Disney is a family brand and it’s really cool to take our family to a place where we can see our kids having fun and the adults too.”

“Home Economics” returns Wednesday, September 21 at 9:30 pm ET/PT on ABC.

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