That ’90s Show season 2 release updates, strike delay, and everything we know so far

We have some news about That ’90s Show to share with fans of the series, as of May 2023. Production was going to get started on season 2, and thanks to a new report, we know that filming on That ’90s Show season 2 has been delayed.

For those who don’t know, That ’90s Show is a spinoff to That ’70s Show. It follows Eric and Donna’s teenage daughter Leia as she spends the summer in Point Place with her grandparents. There, she bonds with a group of teenagers her age and has the best summer of her life.

Kurtwood Smith and Debra Jo Rupp reprise their roles as Red and Kitty Forman in the teen series. Additionally, Callie Haverda plays protagonist Leia Forman, and her friend group is made up of Ashley Aufderheide (Gwen), Maxwell Acee Donovan (Nate), Sam Morelos (Nikki), Reyn Doi (Ozzie), and Mace Coronel (Jay).

We’re updating this story as we learn more information. FanSided Entertainment’s Reed Gaudens, Crystal George, and Bryce Olin contributed to this story. The latest update was published on Thursday, Aug. 17, 2023. 

That ’90s Show season 2 delayed

According to a report from What’s on Netflix in May 2023, That ’90s Show season 2 has been delayed for the time being. Production was supposed to start during the month of May and continue through the summer. The series is filmed with a live audience, and that’s how it was revealed that production was delayed. The site that gives away tickets for That ’90s Show tapings, 1iota, revealed the show is delayed until the end of the writers’ strike.

On top of the writers’ strike, which is ongoing as of August 2023, the SAG-AFTRA actors’ strike has been occurring in tandem. Production on the second season won’t begin until both strikes are resolved with a fair deal for both the actors’ and writers’ guilds.

In August 2023, That ’90s Show star Callie Haverda posted a series of photos with cast members Sam Morelos and Maxwell Acee Donovan from the SAG-AFTRA picket lines in Los Angeles. The young cast members even met Academy Award-nominated actress and Oppenheimer star Florence Pugh on the picket lines. Perhaps she could make a cameo in season 2? We can dream!


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That ’90s Show season 2 has been renewed for 16 episodes

On Feb. 3, less than one month after the release of the new comedy series, Netflix announced that That ’90s Show had been renewed for a second season! The first season contained 10 episodes, but Netflix expanded the season 2 order to 16 episodes, which suggests the season could be released in eight-episode batches. But we’ll have to wait and see!

The first month of the show’s release is very important. Netflix typically tallies up the viewing hours in the first month, and if it’s high enough to their standards, the streamer might just go ahead and renew. But other factors at play in Netflix’s renewal process are production costs and critical acclaim. Fortunately, That ’90s Show isn’t an expensive show to make, so we shouldn’t have to worry about that. However, a positive critical response would be helpful.

Still, the amount of viewing hours the show garners in its first month on the streamer will most likely be the deciding factor in whether Netflix renews or cancels the teen series. It’s also important to mention that the first season must be watched from beginning to end as Netflix keeps an eye on completion. This means you must watch all episodes of your favorite shows in order for it to count. Many shows have been canceled because of low completion rates. Keep this in mind for season 2!

That ’90s Show season 2 cast

Here’s who Netflix confirmed will be back in the main cast for the second season:

  • Kurtwood Smith as Red Forman
  • Debra Jo Rupp as Kitty Forman
  • Callie Haverda as Leia Forman
  • Ashley Aufderheide as Gwen
  • Mace Coronel as Jay Kelso
  • Maxwell Acee Donovan as Nate
  • Reyn Doi as Ozzie
  • Sam Morelos as Nikki
  • Andrea Anders as Sherri

When does That ’90s Show season 2 start filming?

Originally, it looked like filming would begin in May 2023, as we mentioned in our original story. Thanks to our favorite TV dad (and now grandpa!) Red Forman, we know that That ’90s Show season 2 was scheduled to filming: May 2023. On April 5, Kurtwood Smith tweeted that filming was “almost ready” and shared a link for fans to join the live audience.

On 1iota, the filming dates for season 2 That ’90s Show begin in May 2023 and end in September 2023. Production on the second season will take place across five months, which mirrors the six-month filming sprint for the first season. In a new interview with Contents Magazine, star Callie Haverda expressed her excitement for filming season 2 this spring and summer!

These were the original 16 filming dates for season 2: May 5, May 12, May 26, June 2, June 9, June 23, June 30, July 14, July 21, July 28, Aug. 18, Aug. 25, Sept. 1, Sept. 15, Sept. 22, and Sept. 29.

Until the networks and studio offer the writers a deal that works, That ’90s Show will not be filming. When the strike ends, we expect That ’90s Show season 2 to pick up filming. Obviously, unless they are able to expedite production, the season 2 release date will also be pushed back.

Has Netflix announced the That ’90s Show season 2 release date yet?

With That ’90s Show season 2 originally scheduled to begin filming through the summer and into the fall of 2023, we were hoping that we could see That ’90s Show season 2 by the end of the year. Netflix will surely break the season into two parts.

Had production been able to begin in May 2023, we could have seen That ’90s Show season 2 premiere in the fall or winter of 2023 with the second half of the season coming sometime in 2024.

With the production delayed, there’s pretty much no chance we’ll see That ’90s Show season 2 on Netflix in 2023 now. The longer production is delayed, the longer fans will be waiting for season 2. Hopefully, production will be back at it by early 2023, and we’ll see That ’90s Show season 2 on Netflix by spring or summer 2024.

Release Prediction: Summer 2024

What could happen next in That ’90s Show season 2?

Fortunately, we don’t have to wonder about what could possibly happen in a second season because of how things left off in the first season. Now we officially know Leia will be back in Point Place for another summer adventure in That ’90s Show season 2!

In the first season’s finale, Leia headed back to Chicago with her mom for the school year, after ending up in a confusing love triangle between Jay and Nate. The problem? Nate is dating her friend Nikki, and they’re keeping their kiss from everyone but Gwen. What will Leia come back to in summer 1996? It’s going to be a complicated summer for these teens!

We’ll keep you updated on the show’s renewal status, so stay tuned to Netflix Life!

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FanSided Entertainment staff contributed to this report.

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