Thursday, January 14, 2021

Will the 'Clarissa Explains It All' Reboot Happen? Melissa Joan Hart Explains the Project's Current Status

Will the 'Clarissa Explains It All' Reboot Happen? Melissa Joan Hart Tells All

In the last decade, a number of millennial-favorite sitcoms have made much-awaited returns to TV — Full House, Boy Meets World, and Saved By the Bell are only a few 90s favorites that received revivals and spinoffs 20 or so years later. However, there have been quite a few rumored reboots that unfortunately never came to fruition, such as Lizzie McGuire and Clarissa Explains It All.

If you don't recall, Clarissa Explains It All was a 90s Nickelodeon classic with a tentative reboot that has been in the works for quite a while now. And apparently, we aren't the only ones eagerly awaiting its return — Distractify was lucky enough to speak with the original star, Melissa Joan Hart, in a phone interview on the status of the series, and what else the beloved actor has been doing recently.

Here's what we know about the status of the Clarissa Explains It All reboot:

Clarissa Explains It All aired on Nickelodeon for five seasons from 1991 to 1994 with Melissa Joan Hart as the titular Clarissa Darling, navigating life as a typical American teenager. Throughout each episode, Clarissa consistently hits the fourth wall to tell viewers how she's feeling and give her side of the story in regard to various life events, from going on her first date to buying her first car.

As Clarissa was Melissa's first major TV role, the actor revealed that she was incredibly excited to see the series return as a reboot almost three decades after the series finale and she was quite involved with its rumored comeback. However, despite her efforts to make it come to life, it sounds like it may not happen.

"[The Clarissa reboot] has been talked about for a long while, and the ball is kind of in Nickelodeon’s court," Melissa revealed. "We worked out some contracts, but it never came to fruition. So, I’m really not sure where that is right now."

She says she still holds out hope for Clarissa to make a highly anticipated return, but it sounds iffy, to say the least.

"But I mean, as soon as I'm allowed to, I'll yell hit from the rooftops," she says. "But, I don't really see it happening anytime soon."

Despite the reboot's murky future, Melissa Joan Hart is still busy working.

Although fans will be devastated that Clarissa may not come back to network TV for the foreseeable future, the Sabrina the Teenage Witch star hasn't stopped pursuing her passion of working in front of and behind the camera. The sitcom star had the opportunity to direct, act in, and produce a handful of Lifetime Christmas movies at the beginning of the COVID-19 (coronavirus) coronavirus lockdowns, which aired in the 2020 holiday season — but she has a few more projects in the works.

"I'll be heading out to Los Angeles next week to direct an episode of Young Sheldon, so I’m excited to get back to work. I'm actually working on another series right now involving something else for myself that's a reboot of another show, of a not-well-known show from the U.K.," she says.

"I'm not allowed to say more [about the project] right now, but hopefully we'll have more news later on this year... we just need a writer to figure out what the U.S. version of the series is, and then we'll be able to start production."

Melissa also recently returned to her Nickelodeon roots by voicing Becca Chang in the network's hit animated series, The Casagrandes.

You can read Distractify's full interview with Melissa Joan Hart on!

Clarissa Explains It All can be streamed on CBS All Access/Paramount+.

From Showbiz CheatSheet:

Melissa Joan Hart’s Favorite ’90s Trend and Which of Her Characters Taught Her How To Be a Nonconformist

’90s icon Melissa Joan Hart is perhaps best known for her roles in Clarissa Explains It All and Sabrina the Teenage Witch. But she’s been acting since she was a child and hasn’t stopped. So her resume is as long as the line of witches Sabrina’s powers hail from. We spoke to Hart on Jan. 12 about the ’90s and how life has changed since the golden era of slap bracelets.

Melissa Joan Hart on ‘Clarissa Explains It All,’ ‘Sabrina the Teenage Witch,’ and the ’90s
Clarissa Explains It All came on the air in 1991. In the three-season sitcom, Clarissa gave it to the audience straight—the way the world works, that is. But Clarissa did more than explain things, she taught Hart that it was OK to be herself.

“I always loved having my own style and, from Clarissa, I learned that that’s OK,” she told Showbiz Cheat Sheet. “The great thing about working on Clarissa was that I was surrounded by adults. Right at the most fragile point of childhood when you’re discovering who you are and you’re feeling that pressure to conform, is right when I got a job with adults that didn’t care what I looked like, what I wore, what music I listened to, what boy I kissed that weekend, or whatever.”

“All they cared about was that I was nice to them and did the work I was there to do,” she continued. “And so I learned very quickly it’s about what’s inside, not outside.” 

As for if there will be a Clarissa Explains It All reboot: “The ball is in Nickelodeon’s court.”

After Clarissa Explains It All came Sabrina The Teenage Witch in 1996. At the time, Hart’s favorite trend was “backless shirts.”

“We had a lot of backless shirts in the ’90s,” she reminisced. “I love that, with a little strap just around your shoulder!”

Hart hasn’t seen much of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina. But, from what she has caught, she can tell the adaptation is a far cry from the original.

“It’s so different,” she said. “You know, ours was a family show—magic and comedy, feel-good, everyone’s accepted kind of thing. And their show is definitely like a YA audience, more sexy, scary, witchcraft.”

Melissa Joan Hart: Former Witch, Current Mom

Today, Hart has graduated from her beloved combat boots to a pair of sneakers in an effort to play the part of Mom as comfortably as possible—”My favorite role yet!” according to her Twitter bio.

Reflecting on this past year, Hart says she has a new appreciation for teachers (she never thought she’d be homeschooling her kids). 2020 was a hectic time at home for Hart, as it was for so many families.

“That’s why I partnered up with Lunchables because they just make my life so much easier and the kids are happy with what they’re eating,” she said.

The Melissa & Joey actor has teamed up with Lunchables to cover the cost of one mom’s groceries for a year ($10K worth) as well as a year-long membership with Instacart Express delivery.

While Hart occasionally uses old episodes she starred in to teach lessons to her kids (she used Sabrina‘s “Pancake Madness” to teach her boys about the dangers of too much sugar), Hart’s children have not seen much of their mom’s work.

“They won’t watch me,” she said. “It’s weird. I tried to get them to watch Holiday in Handcuffs for Christmas this year but they were like, ‘Eh, it’s your movie. I don’t know.’ You know, I’m Mom. I’m not cool.” 

Moving forward, Hart wants her family to focus on “us all being a little nicer to each other” in the new year.

“We have quick tempers and short patience and I want us to work on stretching that out a little bit more,” she said. “Give each other a little more flexibility to not be perfect, to make mistakes, to say ‘I’m sorry.’”

And once it’s safe to do so, Hart can’t wait to “go to restaurants, hug my friends, and travel. I have like six trips planned.”

We hope her vacuum’s charged.


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