A few years back, Melissa Joan Hart was telling anyone who would listen that her two shows, Sabrina the Teenage Witch and CLARISSA EXPLAINS IT ALL were both returning. We’ve already seen the cast for the new Sabrina series coming together, and now Nickelodeon is in early negotiations to reboot Hart’s popular show with Hart possibly returning as Clarissa Darling.
Since Melissa Joan Hart is now 41 years old, the plan is to have her playing a mother in the new show, and as we all know, mothers just LOVE to explain things.
Original series creator Mitchell Kriegman is also in talks to return as writer and exec. producer with Hart also exec. producing through her Hartbreak Films, which she runs with her own mother, producer Paula Hart.
Clarissa Explains It All ran on Nickelodeon from 1991 to 1994, and if you were a young girl during those years then you probably watched many of the show’s 65 episodes, as the series created a cult audience over its five seasons. Hart played the title character, a teen girl who was constantly breaking the fourth wall to offer advice to her audience as she dealt with the kind of problems teen girls tend to have. It was Nickelodeon’s first series with a female lead and it co-starred Jason Zimbler, Sean O’Neal, Elizabeth Hess and Joe O’Connor co-starred.
In 2015, Kriegman wrote the novel Things I Can’t Explain as a sequel to the series with the main character now in her late 20s.
Represented by APA and Gilbertson Entertainment, Hart transitioned into directing, first on her own follow-up show Sabrina, The Teenage Witch and then her show Melissa and Joey, co-starring Joey Lawrence, the features Santa Con and The Watcher in the Woods as well as an episode of ABC’s The Goldbergs.
Clarissa Explains It All is the latest show from the ’80s and ’90s to be rebooted with ABC bringing Roseanne back later this month and plenty of other rebooted shows in the works. Nickelodeon is no exception, having already ordered 20 episodes of a relaunched Blues Clues which targeted preschoolers.
The news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.
Edward Douglas | East Coast Editor