Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson have rejoined comedic forces, assumed the roles of brothers, and traded Wisconsin for Colorado in& Netflix’s new family comedy The Ranch. (The 10-episode first half of the season debuted April 1; the second half streams later this year.) And while the That ’70s Show vets embrace the idea of casting their former castmates in guest roles on this rural sitcom from a streaming service known for its love of a reboot/reunion (see: Arrested Development, Full House, Gilmore Girls), they are decidedly less interested in revisiting That ’70s Show at this point.
“There’s probably some way of doing it that it would actually be brilliant,” Masterson tells EW, “but it’s got a 99 percent chance of not, so why take that chance?”
Kutcher agrees, noting that there’s value in nostalgia, but the impulse to recreate past magic isn’t one that should always be heeded. “Whenever something is great, the first thing people want to have happen is to have it rebuilt, redone; they want more of what they love,” he tells EW. “But the minute you try to do that, in a lot of cases you end up losing the thing that was beautiful about it in the first place. That ’70s Show is a nostalgic show. I think it was nostalgic as it was being made, and now it’s nostalgic for a different reason. And I just don’t know that anything that we’re going to do that would be new would be better than what we did. And when you run that risk, I think it’s better to leave things alone.”
That doesn’t mean these guys aren’t in favor of ’70s reunions; they just don’t need to do them in character on a stage. “Most of us see each other several times a month anyway,” adds Masterson, “so it’s not like everyone is living on separate continents.”
So, there you go: For now, at least, any hanging out will likely be done in Colorado, not Wisconsin.