That ‘70s Show Alum Topher Grace Just Got Some Great News For His Return To TV

The cast of Home Economics

Topher Grace has been in the acting game for a while now, having starred in an array of TV shows and movies. He’s probably most famous for his role as Wisconsin teen Eric Forman on the hit Fox sitcom That ‘70s Show. However, within the past few years, Grace has dabbled in different kinds of projects, having guest-starred in shows like Black Mirror and The Twilight Zone. The actor hasn’t had a regular TV home in some time and has been primed to return through an ABC pilot called Home Economics. Well, it appears that the project just took a major step forward.

Home Economics was one of several pilots ordered by the network, including one that stars comedy vet Katey Sagal. Now, ABC has officially given the Topher Grace vehicle a series order, according to THR. The single-camera comedy was created by Leverage’s John Aboud and Michael Colton, with the series being loosely based on Colton’s life. In addition, Grace will also serve as an executive producer.

The show focuses on three siblings, one of which is a member of the 1%, another who is part of the middle class and the third who is struggling economically. Topher Grace plays the middle child, who is coincidentally part of the middle class.

Topher Grace will lead the cast, which also includes Caitlin McGee, Karla Souza, Jimmy Tatro and Sasheer Zamata. The stars have all had roles in notable TV comedies and dramas over the past few years. Saturday Night Live fans may be particularly excited to see Sasheer Zamata return to network television. The show will also feature a few new faces in the form of Jordyn Curet, Chloe Jo Rountree, Shiloh Bearman and JeCobi Swain, who are all set to play the children of the three main siblings.

Some may be surprised to learn of Topher Grace’s return to TV. But in a statement, the actor revealed that it was Aboud and Colton’s script that convinced him to return to his small-screen roots:

I never thought about doing another show until I read Michael Colton and John Aboud's amazing script. Both the characters they created and the amazing ensemble they brought together to play them are a family I just had to be a part of.

ABC has developed a number of hit single-camera comedies over the past few years, such as Modern Family, The Goldbergs and Black-ish. With the latter two shows still on the air, Home Economics is in good company. It’s hard to say when we may get our first look at the new show but, with an interesting premise and a cast led by Topher Grace, it seems to have some real potential.

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