Sure, it’s been over a decade since the 1990s ended. Sure, this new millenium has brought us an onslought of new culture and technology for which we should be grateful. Sure, it doesn’t make sense to keep living in the past and enabling an addiction to nostalgia. I understand all of this. But it doesn’t mean I’m not going to embrace my excitement for the Clueless reunion that is about to take place when Alicia Silverstone joins Jeremy Sisto on his new ABC sitcom Suburgatory for a multi-episode arc as the series star’s love interest.
Suburgatory has been a bit shaky in its premiere season. But one thing it does have going for it in large doses is good casting. Leading lady Jane Levy is full of talent. And Sisto, as her father/closest friend/leading antagonist, is always a pleasure. Although the last fifteen years have seen Sisto in a slew of projects, we will always remember him as the self-absorbed snob Elton in Clueless, who Cher (Silverstone) vowed to set up with her high school’s newcomer Tai (Brittany Murphy).
For a long while now, we could have only imagined a re-Clue-nion (just go with it) in our wistful fantasies. But ABC is granting our wishes, and inviting Silverstone on for a few episodes to play a romantic partner to Sisto’s single dad George Altman. It’s more than likely that we’ll see some confrontation between Silverstone’s character and George’s confrontational daughter Tessa (Levy), but as of yet, we’re not exactly sure what is in store for this exciting story arc.
Sure, it might be bizarre that I’m so enamored by the idea of a Clueless reunion. Sure, latching on to something like a guest casting stint on a sitcom might be an unhealthy way of coping with the passage of time. Sure, you might tell me to “get a life” or “stop living in the past.” But to that, I proudly say: as if.
Silverstone will find herself rolling with her old homie sometime after Suburgatory’s midseason return to ABC, on Wednesay, Jan. 4, at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT.