Sunday, March 13, 2022

Melissa Joan Hart Reveals 'Clarissa Explains It All' Reboot Was 'Squashed' by Nickelodeon: 'We Tried'

It looks like Clarissa won't be returning to explain it all

When it comes to a potential reboot of the 1990s Nickelodeon staple Clarissa Explains It All, star Melissa Joan Hart has further confirmed that the project is no longer moving forward.  

"We tried that, actually," Hart said Saturday during 90s Con when asked about returning to television as the titular teenager telling audiences about her adolescent struggles.

In 2018, The Hollywood Reporter broke the news that Hart and series creator Mitchell Kriegman were in talks to reboot the sitcom with the actress, now 45, as the family's mother.

However, at Saturday's 90s Con panel with the cast of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch — on which Hart also starred in the '90s — the actress said that the project ended up getting tossed.

"Nickelodeon got a new president, and they kind of squashed the whole thing," she said. "So it was actually in the works and yeah, it just sort of disappeared. It took like a year to do the contracts, which was the hardest part, and then it just kind of fizzled out. So I don't think [it will happen]."

Though Clarissa, which ran for five seasons on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1994, may have come to an end, Hart still holds the character close to her heart. At 90s Con, the actress donned Clarissa Darling's iconic Dr. Martens that could often be seen when the teen sat on her bed crisscross-style to address her latest adventures with audiences.

"I had to redo the laces because the laces snapped," Hart said on the panel, referring to her costume piece from 30 years ago and explaining how thin the soles have become. "I'm like, 'I have to rock the Docs today, especially the actual ones.' "

Nate Richert, who played Sabrina's boyfriend Harvey Kinkle on Sabrina, joked, "I have a guy who can re-sole her boots. He's reasonable and does a good job!"

Hart and Richert reunited with Beth Broderick (Zelda), Caroline Rhea (Hilda), and Jenna Leigh Green (Libby) at 90s Con, which is running through Sunday (March 13) in Hartford, Connecticut. The five discussed their favorite moments from the ABC series, with Rhea joking that if Clarissa wasn't coming back to television, it's about time the Spellmans do.


"I guess [Melissa is] gonna have to reboot us!" she said.

Although the Clarissa series ended in 1994, Kriegman brought the characters back for a book titled Things I Can't Explain: A Clarissa Novel​ in 2015, which see's Clarissa in a mid-twenties crisis which has left her with a whole set of things she can't explain: unemployment, an ex-boyfriend turned stalker, her parents' divorce, a micro relationship with the cute coffee guy, and java addiction. The audio book version of the novel is actually read by Hart's sister, Emily!

As for where Hart thinks Clarissa, her brother Ferguson (Jason Zimbler) and friend Sam (Sean O’Neal) ended up, the actor recently revealed: “I think she’d be loving her life in New York City, being a journalist and she’d probably have some kids. I think she’d be closer to her brother than we’d imagine.” And as for Sam? “Maybe Sam’s gay, we have no idea.”

These days, Melissa hosts her new new pop-culture podcast, What Women Binge, which is available on all major platforms including Apple Podcasts, Spotify, iHeart and YouTube.

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Originally published: March 13, 2022.

Original source: People.

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