Clone High Revival Set For Spring Premiere
HBO Max has finally set a premiere window for the return of Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s Clone High, originally seen on MTV twenty years ago for one brief but brilliant and glorious season. They confirmed at WonderCon this weekend that the show has been set to return “this spring.” As of March 21, it’s officially spring…so if HBO Max says they’re going to be releasing it then, I guess that could be any time from tomorrow until the end of June. But probably not tomorrow.
Clone High is one of my favorite shows of all time, and I’ve been burning for more ever since the series was cliffhung at 13 episodes an eternity ago. Rest assured I will be giving you frequent updates for all new screenshots, trailers, or anything. If Abe so much as burps you will know.
Just about all the original actors have returned in their roles, with the exception of Cleo who was originally voiced by a white woman (she is now played by Mitra Jouhari, and there’s no difference). They will be joined by Ayo Edebiri as Harriet Tubman; Vicci Martinez as Frida Khalo; Kelvin Yu as Confucius; Neil Casey as Topher Bus (secretly the clone of Columbus, a fact he’s trying to hide); Jana Schmieding as Sacagawea; Sam Richardson as Wesley; Mo Gaffney as Ms. Grumbles; Al Madrigal as Frederico; Danny Pudi as Dr. Neelankavil; Emily Maya Mills as Ethel Merman; Michael Bolton as Michael Bolton; Mandy Moore as Mandy Moore(?), Ian Ziering as Ian Ziering; Steve Kerr as Steve Kerr; and Jeffrey Muller, Kyle Lau, Dannah Phirman, and Danielle Schneider.
Part of the reason the original run got cancelled so fast was because the nation of India protested the depiction of Ghandi as a reckless party animal — never mind that it was a CLONE of Ghandi, deliberately set against type because that was the joke (and also, the real Ghandi was hardly a saint). It’s been quite a while since then, and repeats of Clone High have been shown with no issue, so in this reporter’s opinion, you could probably get away with having Ghandi return. Unfortunately the people in charge of this revival felt otherwise. He’s not in it.
As everyone probably knows, a nearly finished copy of the first episode from the new season got out a couple months ago. Rumor has it this was because HBO Max was showing a digital file to test audiences and didn’t bother making it secure. The absence of Ghandi was confirmed there, and the new characters didn’t seem funny enough to replace him, which makes me worry.
More information about the return of Clone High as we get it. In the meantime, play us out, Scudworth…
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