Rumors of a 3rd Rock from the Sun reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Tuesday (July 14) as reports claimed that NBC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2021.
UPDATE 15/07/2020 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 24 years since 3rd Rock from the Sun first aired?! (24 years, 6 months, 6 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did 3rd Rock from the Sun end?
When 3rd Rock from the Sun came to an end after 16 years in May 2011, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Dick Solomon (John Lithgow) and Sally Solomon (Kristen Johnston). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a 3rd Rock from the Sun reunion disappoint people?
3rd Rock from the Sun aired from 1996-2011 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Johnston said she's not sure if 3rd Rock from the Sun would work today. “I don't want to see old Sally Solomon,” she told a journalist (Johnston turned 52 in September). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” she added.
Still hoping for a 3rd Rock from the Sun movie?
In a recent interview, John Lithgow said he can't imagine a 3rd Rock from the Sun reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Joseph Gordon-Levitt (who played Tommy Solomon) has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a 3rd Rock from the Sun movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a 3rd Rock from the Sun film, Kristen Johnston stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a 3rd Rock from the Sun reboot?
Recasting 3rd Rock from the Sun for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a 3rd Rock from the Sun reunion, a 3rd Rock from the Sun movie, or a 3rd Rock from the Sun reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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