After announcing that it picked up a Party of Five reboot to series last January, Freeform has now unveiled the show's official premiere date. The new Party of Five will launch Wednesday, Jan. 8 on the millennial-skewing network.
Original series creators Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman have also helmed the new take on the '90s drama. Instead of five kids having to figure out how to cope after their parents die in a car crash, though, the 2019 version will follow the Acosta children as they try to survive in America after their parents are deported back to Mexico for not having visas to be in the country.
Brandon Larracuente stars as Emilio Acosta, the oldest and most responsible brother who finds himself a surrogate father to his four younger siblings instead of chasing his musical dreams. Emily Tosta plays Lucia Acosta, the family's whip-smart second-oldest child who quickly becomes jaded after her parents' deportation. Niko Guardado is Beto Acosta, the middle son who steps up as a natural leader for the family when they need him, but begins failing school in light of all the stress. Elle Paris Legaspi plays Valentina Acosta, the precocious little sister who inspires her siblings to be their best selves to keep the family together. Bruno Bichir and Fernanda Urrejola also star as the Acosta parents, Javier and Gloria.
The premiere date announcement comes alongside a three-minute heartbreaking clip of Javier and Gloria's deportation, when they ask their young children to become the guardians for infant Rafa, just as they're carted off by authorities back to Mexico. The scene depicts how heartbreaking the deportation process is for families, as they're ripped apart with not enough time to prepare or properly say goodbye to each other. Get ready for an emotional journey when the show premieres next year.
Party of Five premieres Wednesday, Jan. 8 on Freeform.