There are plans to bring back Little House on the Prairie.

EW has learned that Paramount TV Studios and Anonymous Content are making a one-hour drama based on the popular franchise. 

Half Pint, what took you so long? 

EW has learned exclusively that Paramount TV Studios and Anonymous Content (Homecoming, Dickinson, 13 Reasons Why) are making a one-hour drama series based on the long-awaited reboot of Little House on the Prairie. 

Trip Friendly is expected to be an executive producer. His father, Ed, bought the TV and movie rights to the autobiographical books by Laura Ingalls Wilder. 

EW reported in its December issue that there have been surprisingly few attempts to bring back Little House on the Prairie, the long-running NBC show that followed Melissa Gilbert's character Laura "Half-Pint" Ingalls and her family as they lived on a farm in the late 1800s. The show starred Michael Landon. Hollywood keeps making new versions of well-known period pieces like Little Women, but the other Little has been mostly forgotten in this reboot-happy time. (In 2005, a forgettable miniseries was shown on The Wonderful World of Disney, and from 2008 to 2010, a stage musical went on tour.) But people have never lost interest in the series. Reruns of the show that ran from 1974 to 1983 are still shown in 30 countries, including the United States on channels like Cozi TV, UPtv, and Hallmark Drama, where it is still the most-watched show that isn't a movie. 

Peacock just announced that it will start streaming old episodes this month, and on Dec. 29, PBS will dedicate an episode of its American Masters docuseries to Ingalls Wilder. The episode will cover everything from her libertarian politics to the lingering suspicions that her daughter, Rose Lane, did some (or all) of the writing. 

After the Little House stage musical, Trip Friendly tried to get another project off the ground. His father had sold the rights to NBC. In 2012, Sony started making a movie based on the Little House books. Abi Morgan (The Iron Lady) was in talks to write the script, and David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express) could have been the director. However, when Sony chairman Amy Pascal left the studio in 2015, the movie was put on hold. (Paramount thought about buying the script, but the deal was never made.) He recently told EW, "Fans want to see Little House on the Prairie back on TV, and we agree that the time is right." "We're hopeful that it will happen." 

At least one of the actors who used to be in the show is willing to make a cameo. "I'm just the right age to play Mrs. Oleson," says Alison Arngrim, who played the snobby, dangerous Nellie Oleson for seven wonderful seasons. "I agree with you. I have no shame."


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