Johnny Galecki Developing 'Vacation' TV Spinoff 'The Griswolds' at HBO Max

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Are you ready for a Griswold family reunion? Because it’s coming to a small screen near you!

The upcoming streaming service, HBO MAX, is developing a series based on the fan-favorite family from the “National Lampoon’s Vacation” franchise.

According to Variety, the half-hour single-camera series will be titled “The Griswolds.”

It will follow the lives of the Griswold clan after they return from vacation and assimilate back into their lives in the modern-day suburbs of Chicago.

Big Bang Theory star, Johnny Galecki, who starred as Russ Griswold in the third film, “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” will serve as executive producer.

The script will be penned by Tim Hobert.

Chevy Chase is not set to reprise his role as Clark Griswold.

While the most successful film in the franchise is the 1983 classic, it spawned four sequels: the aforementioned “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” “National Lampoon’s European Vacation,” “Vegas Vacation,” and “Vacation.” There was also a made-for-TV film that didn’t fare well in 2003 titled, “Christmas Vacation 2: Cousin Eddie’s Island Adventure.”

The last film in the series was released in 2015 and starred Ed Helms as an adult Russ who takes his family on a doomed trip.

While no premiere date has been revealed, HBO Max is launching in May of 2020 and will set you back $14.99 a month.

The steamer already has 16 scripted series in the works including a reboot of “Gossip Girl” and “Adventure Time.”

If you want to get into the Griswold holiday spirit, theaters across the US are playing “Christmas Vacation” in celebration of the film’s 30th anniversary. Click here to see times and dates.

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