'Party Of Five' Spinoff Pilot In For Retooling
By Josef Adalian
NEW YORK (Variety) - Fox television's much-anticipated "Party of
Five" spinoff, "Time of Your Life," is going in for repairs.
The network has ordered the pilot episode of the Jennifer Love
Hewitt vehicle reshot, in part because executives didn't feel the
show, slated to premiere Mondays at 8 p.m., worked as a companion to
The original pilot was also too quirky for some Fox executives, according to
Fox had originally planned to pair "Time" with "Party," but
instead wound up scheduling the spinoff Mondays. The network
recently announced that the pilot will "undergo a change in tone so
that it can stand on its own" as an "Ally" lead-in.
Co-executive producer Chris Keyser said the show will "still be a
'Party of Five' spinoff" and still center on Hewitt's "Party"
character Sarah, who's heading to New York to find herself and her
birth parents. Now, however, Keyser plans to "cram more storylines"
into the pilot sooner.
The goal, he adds, is to "take the same story and speed it up a little bit."
As for Hewitt, he said, "There's lots of Love in the show."