Class is back in session with HBO Max’s Head of the Class reboot and Robin Givens reprising the role of Darlene Merriman.
Lucifer star Robin Givens is joining HBO Max’s Head of the Class reboot, reprising the role she played on the original sitcom 35 years ago, EW has learned.
“It’s really cool! It’s so funny because you think reboots, and you immediately think, ‘Oh no!’ with certain things. ‘Just leave it!’ And then there was something about this when I was asked to do it, it just warmed my heart. It made me so happy. I thought it was so sweet.”Robin Givens
The new Head of the Class is inspired by ABC’s multi-camera sitcom, which ran from 1986-1991.
The reboot, executive produced by Bill Lawrence, Amy Pocha, and Seth Cohen, centers on a group of overachieving high school students who meet their greatest challenge — a teacher, Alicia Gomez (Isabella Gomez, One Day at a Time), who wants them to focus less on grades and more on experiencing life. Givens’ character Darlene was a member of the original Individualized Honors Program (IHP) and is now a parent to one of the kids.
“She’s still Darlene Merriman, but her last name has changed. She’s become a lawyer, she’s a single mom and very close to her son and very much a mama bear. Darlene Merriman, all grown up. She’s a perfectionist and sticking to her son like glue and trying to be the best mom she could possibly be but doesn’t understand she probably should get out of the way a little bit to let him do some growing up.”Robin Givens
Now Darlene Hayward, the adult version of Givens’ original role has become “an ambitious lawyer with a degree from Stanford. She wants what is best for her son and is hyper-focused on setting him up for success. Darlene might need a reminder of the positive impact an out-of-the-box teacher can have, but she’s fighting for the good of all students at Meadows Creek High as co-head of the Parents’ Association.”
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