I really am not one to fangirl over reboots of my favorite 90s TV shows and movies simply because of the nostalgia factor. Time and time again, the reboot proves to not even come close to the original (and that’s why I don’t talk to my exes). BH90210 was a meta-clusterf*ck. Baywatch was a total disaster that even The Rock and Zac Efron couldn’t save. We don’t even talk about Mean Girls 2. And yet history does nothing to stop Hollywood from insisting on making reboot after reboot, demanding us millennials to get excited and watch it, even though we can still watch the original on repeat on Netflix. And what do we do? We play right into the narrative, with our “OMG A ‘GREASE’ REBOOT IS COMING” articles and our Twitter hype, never stopping to question if we should do something just because we technically can. And so today’s reboot that probably some people asked for, but I was definitely not one of them is Clueless. And, while we don’t know a whole lot about the Clueless reboot, what we do know is… concerning.
Entertainment Weekly reports that Clueless is in talks to be remade into a TV series by CBS Television Studios, and it apparently already has multiple bidders. Deadline reports that multiple streaming services as well as the CW are interested. (My personal vote would be the CW since, as you’ll see in the description, this new Clueless would fit right in with the likes of Riverdale.) Again, we do not know much about what this Clueless reboot will entail, but we do know that it’s going to be executive produced by Corinne Brinkerhoff, who created American Gothic and No Tomorrow, and it’s going to be written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey, who wrote Will and Grace. These are some interesting choices, but not nearly as interesting as the description of the TV show Entertainment Weekly provided.
This Clueless reboot TV show is actually going to be centered around Dionne, and I sincerely hope that they are not even considering bringing Stacey Dash into this—not even as the new Dionne’s mom—because her problematic behavior does not need to be brought back into the public consciousness. In any case, Dionne is the main character, as Cher Horowitz disappears, and Dionne is forced to step into her role as Queen Bee. Or, as the unofficial description puts it, “a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latté, and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when the high school Queen Bee (Cher) disappears and her life-long No. 2 (Dionne) steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend, all in a setting that is uniquely 2020 L.A.?”
First, in what world does Cher Horowitz wear Air Jordans? I don’t know about you guys, but I just took an Adderall, and that description still gave me a headache. (Just kidding mom, it was only a Sudafed!) This kind of reminds me of Euphoria, and I’m bregrudgingly into the idea that the creators are making their Clueless reboot grittier and darker. However, this whole description reads like these writers Googled “millennial buzzwords” and threw them all together in a word salad. Or, if you’re looking for a visual description:
If this all sounds familiar, that’s because Clueless was already adapted into a TV show. It aired from 1996-1999 and starred Amy Heckerling as Cher (since Alicia Silverstone wasn’t available) and Stacey Dash as Dionne. However, while the ’90s TV show was not much of a departure from the original movie, this 2020 adaptation is going to be markedly different. For all my complaining, I actually think that if you’re going to revive a 90s classic, you need to go in a totally different direction with it. So that I support. The thing is, though, this could have been a totally new TV show and it would have still been compelling. There was no real reason to bring Cher and Dionne into this. That said, I did watch and enjoy Riverdale season one, so if the Clueless TV series is in the same vein, it might actually be good… until it jumps the shark in season 2.
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It’s been almost 25 years since Clueless came out, which makes me feel like the oldest person on the planet. Lucky for us, the cast still gets along, and they reunited over the weekend at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo. Paul Rudd, Alicia Silverstone, Donald Faison, and Breckin Meyer sat down for a panel discussion together, and obviously everyone freaked out over it.
At the panel, they reminisced about their days making Clueless, and Paul Rudd was also asked about his secret for literally never looking older. He said that it’s all due to “total darkness. And a little moisturizer,” while Breckin Meyer joked that he sucks the life out of babies. Honestly, I would try anything at this point to get skin like Paul’s, so they really shouldn’t joke about that. There was no discussion of a Clueless reboot or sequel, but maybe that’s for the best. Basically everything else from the ’90s has already been brought back, so we should probably ease off the reboots for a while.
First, I have to address the most hilarious part of this post. Paul Rudd doesn’t have Instagram (I would follow him in a second), so Breckin Meyer instead tagged him as Chris Hemsworth. Lmao, classic mix-up! This is definitely an Avengers joke, but it also feeds into my theory that all white men basically look the same. A quick scroll through Breckin’s Instagram shows that he loves to troll people (especially his famous friends), so I’m loving this.
Obviously, there was one important person missing from the reunion (I don’t consider Stacey Dash important, and you’ll soon see why). We can’t talk about Clueless without bringing up Brittany Murphy. She tragically passed away in 2009, cutting short a career that included classics like Uptown Girls and 8 Mile. At the C2E2 panel, her costars remembered her fondly, with Alicia remembering how she was in awe watching Brittany’s audition for Clueless, and she told the director that they needed to hire her.
Let’s take a look at what all of the other stars of Clueless have been up to lately:
we talk about the miracle of Paul Rudd's aging like he didn't already look like a 36 years old in Clueless (1995) that's just what he looks like people, he's a handsome dude.
— Andee (@andee404) March 25, 2019
Out of everyone in Clueless, Paul Rudd has obviously risen to the top in the last two decades. These days, he’s making major money playing Ant-Man in all of the Marvel movies, which is basically a Hollywood golden ticket. I don’t need to go through his whole resume, because you already know. I will add that I randomly saw Paul in NYC last year, and he looked like a damn snack in person. Paul Rudd, you’re doing amazing sweetie.
I will always have a soft spot for Alicia Silverstone, but Cher Horowitz in Clueless is definitely still her most iconic role. She obviously isn’t an A-list star like Paul Rudd, but she still works consistently these days. Last year, she starred in Kyle Richards’ show American Woman, which no one actually watched, but I feel like I did from sitting through all the drama around it on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills. The show sadly got canceled after one season, so Alicia has plenty of time to focus on her activism. By that, I mean that she’s a vegan and an anti-vaxxer. SMH.
It’s unclear why Stacey Dash wasn’t at the reunion, but I still love her as Dionne. After starring in the movie, Stacey Dash spent three years playing Dionne in the TV spin-off of Clueless, but her career has been, um, interesting since then. She was in a Kanye West video, she broke a rib on the reality show Celebrity Circus, and she’s gotten involved in politics as a Republican. She supported Trump in 2016, and briefly ran for Congress last year, saying she wanted to “free people from the shackles of a plantation mentality.” Yikes. Stacey has also been married four times, and she got married to her current husband just 10 days after meeting him. Bleak.
First, I need to point out that Donald Faison’s Instagram photos look like they were taken on a selfie camera in 2011. It’s been so long since I’ve seen this filter, I almost forgot what people used to look like before FaceTune. As you probably know, by far the biggest role of Donald’s career was Christopher Turk on Scrubs, which ran from 2001-2010. He also starred in a sitcom called The Exes from 2011-2015, which I heard of for the first time approximately 30 seconds ago. In the past few years, he’s mostly just done guest roles on TV shows, including Ray Donovan, House of Lies, and Drunk History. Oh, and how could I forget, he also had a voice role in the critically acclaimed Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II. Sounds awesome.
Let’s be honest, this Clueless reunion is the most attention Breckin Meyer has gotten, like, maybe ever. Good for him. He usually keeps it pretty low-key, but as I mentioned before, his Instagram is pretty funny. Breckin ALSO voiced a role in Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode II, and has been in several other Robot Chicken specials. Am I the only one who hasn’t heard of these? Currently, Breckin has a main role on a new ABC show called The Fix, that just premiered last week. This is obviously a big time for him, so congrats to him on going viral with these Clueless photos.
So it’s pretty obvious that Paul Rudd is doing the best out of all the Clueless cast, but it’s interesting to see what they’ve all done with their careers in the past 24 years. I still can’t believe it was that long ago. If you’re old enough to have seen Clueless in theaters, it’s time for a massage and a face cream right now.
Images: Shutterstock; @breckinmeyer (2), @aliciasilverstone, @Donald_aison / Instagram; @andee404 / Twitter; Giphy
A celebrity running for Congress? As if! Just kidding of course. That is the modern hell we live in and to bring us to a deeper level of it, Stacey Dash has thrown her fashion-forward Beverly Hills hat in the ring. The former Clueless star who took a disappointing turn from fierce to Fox News correspondent, has filed papers to run for Congress in California’s 44th district. The district, by the way voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton so, uhm good luck Stace!
For those of you who’ve been too busy living your life to follow the has-been actress, Stacey Dash has been on the wrong side of many issues for awhile now. She’s been vocal about disbanding Black History Month and has said that transgender rights infringe upon her own. These banner opinions got her a gig as a Fox News personality, but even they didn’t keep her around for very long. Her contract wasn’t renewed. Sad!
In a pathetic attempt to remain relevant, she’s now running for Congress. She’s also claims that lots of people on and off line are telling her to. In all likelihood, they’re probably just like, “please keep busy doing something that isn’t just talking to be all the time.” Though she has yet to make an official statement about her candidacy, she did tweet about her interest to run earlier in the year with a way-tacky button.
A number of people online and off have suggested I run for political office. I wanted to see what my online community thinks of this idea as I mull the possibilities. Thoughts? pic.twitter.com/L71fF0NnXR
— Stacey Dash (@REALStaceyDash) February 9, 2018
C’mon, Stacey, this would clash with any outfit. You should know this. Being a bigot is a bad look. And Stacey, if you’re reading this I only have one thing to say. You’re a virgin who can’t win the 44th district.
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