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Party of Five's Creators Re-Imagine Their Gen X Drama For Trump's America

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  • Brandon Larracuente, Niko Guardado, Emily Tosta, and Elle Paris Legaspi star in Party of Five. (Freeform)
    Brandon Larracuente, Niko Guardado, Emily Tosta, and Elle Paris Legaspi star in Party of Five. (Freeform)

    It's unusual for a show's original creators to be involved in such a radical reboot, but that's just the case with Freeform's new Party of Five. Twenty five years after the original show's debut, creators Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman have reworked the premise, shifting the show's defining turning point from a fatal car accident to the deportation of parents Javier and Gloria Acosta back to Mexico, leaving their five children behind to care for one another as they struggle to find a way to bring the family back together.

    SERIES PREMIERE: Our Aaron Barnhart says the the new Party of Five has raised the bar for TV reboots with its powerful, provocative deportation twist. The show's first two episodes air back to back beginning at 9:00 PM ET on Freeform

    NEW EPISODES: Netflix's addictive new reality series The Circle drops its second batch of episodes. If our power rankings are any indication, newcomer Alex (aka Adam) better watch his back.  Streaming on Netflix

    SERIES PREMIERE: From the producers of Last Chance UCheer follows Navarro College's quest for the national cheerleading title. Watch the preview. Streaming on Netflix

    SPECIAL EVENT: The three-night event Jeopardy: The Greatest of All Time is ostensibly a competition to determine which of the game's three biggest champs (Ken Jennings, Brad Rutter, and James Holzhauer) is the greatest of all time, but when it comes to Jeopardy!, we know who really holds that title. The second night of competition begins at 8:00 PM ET on ABC

    SEASON PREMIERE: The ninth season of Undercover Boss gets underway tonight, with New Orleans Saints Quarterback Drew Brees going undercover to work at Walk On's Bistreaux & Bar, a restaurant chain in which he is a co-owner. 8:00 PM ET on CBS

    SEASON PREMIERE: The final season of Criminal Minds begins with a two-hour season premiere that finds the team investigating a suspect who reminds them of Season 14's infamous "Chameleon." 9:00 PM ET on CBS


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    Mike Attebery is Senior Editor at Primetimer and the author of seven mystery thrillers. Follow him on Twitter at @mikeattebery.

    TOPICS: Party of Five (2020 series), Freeform, Amy Lippman, Chris Keyser, Party of Five (1994 series), Immigration and TV