‘Little House On The Prairie’ Cast Weighs In On Reboot

Melissa Gilbert from Little House on the Prairie, sourced from YouTube

In the modern age of television, reboots of old favorites are all too common. Back in 2020, rumors circulated that the beloved classic Little House on the Prairie was getting a reboot.

But today, the original cast doesn’t believe that will be at all possible. Keep reading and see what they had to say on the matter.

The Original Little House Cast Doesn’t Want To See A Reboot

This fall, Little House on the Prairie will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Over the years, many actors have passed away. But the surviving cast members are immensely proud to be part of the family-friendly classic. Several of them gathered at the Monte-Carlo Television Festival in Monaco.

Although there have been many adaptations of the Laura Ingalls Wilder books over the years, none compare to the 1974 series. And the cast agrees.

“There have been lots of attempts to do a Little House on the Prairie again,” Karen Grassle, who played family matriarch Caroline Ingalls, shared with PEOPLE. “There have been shows, there have been a musical, and I think we had a unique experience and it can’t be repeated.”

Melissa Gilbert from Little House on the Prairie, sourced from YouTube
Little House on the Prairie/YouTube

Michael Landon played Grassle’s onscreen husband, Charles Ingalls on the show. In addition, he was an executive producer and writer. Landon died in 1991 from pancreatic cancer.

“Michael [Landon] was a genius at casting and writing,” Karen Grassle continued. “He understood things about how to translate that material into television for the public that was beyond what most writers understand. And he had his thumb on the pulse of the public and understood what people were longing for, and you don’t find that every day.”

She went onto say that everyone was “so perfectly cast” in their roles that it could hardly be replicated today.

Other Original Cast Members Chime In

PEOPLE also caught up with Melissa Sue Anderson who played Mary Ingalls and Alison Arngrim who played series antagonist Nellie Oleson.

Anderson agreed that she didn’t think a reboot would work without Michael Landon’s magic touch.

Little House works on television because of him,” she shared.

Melissa Sue Anderson and Michael Landon from Little House On The Prairie, sourced from Peacock's YouTube channel
Little House on the Prairie/Peacock

But if a reboot does ever come to fruition, Alison Arngrim wants to be part of it. And she already has her ideal role picked out.

“I always joke that if they do redo the entire thing, I am ready to play Mrs. Oleson. Absolutely, I’m down for that,” the actress told PEOPLE.

What do you make of the situation? Would you like to see a Little House on the Prairie reboot come to television? Or do you think the original series is perfect just as it is? Add your thoughts to the conversation in the comments below.

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