Ashton Kutcher and Danny Masterson reunite in Netflix’s upcoming multi-camera comedy series, The Ranch, and for the former That ‘70s Show stars, they’re picking up right where they left off.
Kutcher and Masterson broke through on the Fox comedy, which ran from 1998 to 2006, playing the lovable but dim-witted Michael Kelso and the blunt, sarcastic Steven Hyde, respectively. On The Ranch, the two play brothers -- one an ex-pro football player -- who try to run a successful business on a Colorado ranch.
While the series can be easily categorized as a family comedy -- Sam Elliott and Debra Winger play the parents -- Kutcher and Masterson argue it’s not the typical half-hour sitcom.
“I think sitcoms have gotten stuck in this network machine, where the content’s gotten shorter and shorter and shorter, and they fall into this format where you’ve got to get people to come back from the commercial break,” Kutcher said. “So you’ve got to sort of sell out at the end of scenes in order to get people to come back from the commercial break.”
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“The nice thing that we have is that we have the binge-watching phenomenon on Netflix,” the former Two and a Half Men star added.
Kutcher and Masterson, who also serve as executive producers on The Ranch, have high hopes that their That ‘70s Show pals will cameo during the 20-episode first season.
“That is a hope for the future,” Masterson said.
“She’d do it for me if I asked her nicely,” Masterson said.
“Not for me, not so much,” Kutcher joked.
The Ranch premieres April 1 on Netflix.