Yet another 90s television show revamp? How cool is this? Entertainment Weekly reported earlier that the rights were recently acquired to continue the story of Clarissa Darling, you know, the teenager who could explain everything on Nickelodeon? Clarissa Explains It All was a favorite back in the day. How fun will it be to catch up with her? Wonder if her BFF Sam is still lurking around?
For those who have no clue what I’m talking about, Clarissa Explains it All was Melissa Joan Hart’s first foray into television (before she was Sabrina the Teenage Witch, she was Clarissa, and she explained it all). The show lasted five seasons, from 1991 - 1994 and it was about Clarissa and her life as a typical teenager. She spoke directly to the audience to tell us about what was going on in her life and we’d watch it play out. She had an annoying little brother named Ferguson, and her best friend Sam was the boy next door. The show was the first Nickelodeon show to feature a female lead, and one of the first to show a platonic friendship between a boy and a girl.
The show’s creator, Mitchell Kriegman has given rights to Brendan Deneen, the head of Macmillan Films and Thomas Dunne Books editor for a sequel(?) in book form. According to Stephen Lee at Entertainment Weekly, we will be following a now 23 year old Clarissa Darling “as she tries to carve out a career as a journalist and deals with the obstacles toward becoming a real adult: finding and keeping a job in a turbulent economy, the luxury of a first apartment without roommates, figuring out how to deal with parents all over again, and unexpected feelings for a really cute guy who — of course — has an on-and-off again girlfriend.”
For now it’s a book, but depending on how successful this venture is, I could easily see Clarissa gracing our televisions again on the CW or ABC Family or maybe even Nickelodeon’s Nick at Nite line up (If Scott Baio can get a new series on Nick at Nite, I’m sure this could too). It’s been 19 years, and the character is supposed to have aged about 8 years. Could Clarissa be recast? Could Melissa Joan Hart pull off 23? Would you want to see another girl as Clarissa?
This news and the recent news about Girl Meets World makes us wonder if there are anymore beloved 90s shows heading for revamps. It’d be nice to catch up with the Tanners (from Full House), or Alex Mack. I’m still holding out for a Doug movie. Are there any shows from your childhood that you want to see brought back or are these shows best left in the past?