Returning to his roots, Topher Grace will appear on network television once again in a new ABC comedy, Home Economics, according to Deadline. One of the leads in the memorable That ‘70s Show from the late 90s and early 2000s, Grace has been absent as a main cast member on a network television program since his departure from the Fox comedy show in 2005. With casting announcement for a new network sitcom, fans of the teen comedy series are excited to see the actor return to the small screen.
Grace is famous for his portrayal of Eric Foreman, an awkward and sardonic teen from Wisconsin, that added another piece of relatability and nostalgia to the successful sitcom. While this role jumpstarted his acting career, Grace has taken on various roles in feature films such as Eddie Brock/Venom in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 3 and starring as the main antagonist in Spike Lee’s 2018 BlacKkKlansman. Despite his success on the big screen, there has been much anticipation for Grace to return to a network show since his season seven departure from That ‘70s Show.
Home Economics revolves around three siblings existing in different socioeconomic statuses and their different living circumstances. The series will focus on the three siblings’ economic situations, portraying one sibling in the upper class, one in the middle, and one struggling to make ends meet. From the casting announcement, Grace will play the middle child who is a novelist but aspires to be as financially secure as his older sibling. However, his character is fearful of developing money problems like his younger sibling. The family comedy is aiming to present itself with similar comedy hits, such as the on-going and successful ABC sitcom Modern Family. The network has not yet announced the premiere date for Home Economics, yet the return of a past sitcom star has set expectations high for this new series.