Pop Goes The News – A reboot of ‘90s drama series Party of Five is happening in Montreal.
The pilot episode, for U.S. cable channel Freeform, is in production with director Rodrigo Garcia (The Affair).
While the original Party of Five was about the Salinger siblings, who lost their parents in a car accident, the updated version focuses on the Buendía kids left behind when their parents are deported to Mexico.
Brandon Larracuente (13 Reasons Why, Bloodline) plays the eldest sibling, aspiring musician Emilio Buendía; Emily Tosta (Mayans M.C.) is his rebellious sister Lucia; and Niko Guardado (The Goldbergs) plays Beto, the brother who steps up to head the family.
Newcomer Elle Paris Legaspi has been cast as 10-year-old sister Valentina.
The reboot’s pilot is being produced by original Party of Five creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who also co-wrote the script with Michal Zebede.
Party of Five, starring Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf and Lacey Chabert – ran for six seasons on Fox from 1994 to 2000. In 1996, it won a Golden Globe for best TV drama.
Freeform is the home to The Bold Type, which is also filmed in Montreal (after its pilot was shot in Toronto).