You know you’re getting old when your favorite childhood TV shows gets a remake. We’ve seen it a number of times over the years, some successful, others, not so much. Fuller House and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life both received enormous promotion and brought in huge numbers for Netflix, and that could be why more and more remakes are popping up on the streaming service. The cable networks have had a different experience, with the Dallas, Vegas, and even 90210 reboots falling flat after a season or two.
That’s why it’ll be interesting to see how Will & Grace does on NBC. Earlier this year, the network announced the show will return for a ten-episode remake in fall 2017. The original started off with a cult following, but proved to have mass appeal as the years went on. For a time, everyone wished they had Jack or Karen as their BFF.
In case you needed more proof reboots are all the rage right now: Prison Break is coming back. The show was highly promoted during the Super Bowl, targeting the same audience that tuned in for the first two seasons of the show (ratings crashed in seasons 3 & 4).
What other classics are primed for a reboot? Here are my picks.
Charmed has been the subject of reboot rumors for years, but this time they’re true. The CW has ordered a one-hour pilot, which will prequel the series and have a brand new cast (making it more of a remake than a reboot). That said, there is no set date for when the pilot will air, nor any timeline for filming a episode no. 2. There has also been a bit of backlash from the original Charmed stars that could cause problems. Not sure it really matters though, as the CW is targeted more to the younger generation.
This one was a done deal, with the majority of the former cast signing on, before a major hold-up of some sort. No one is saying exactly what this major hold-up is, but there is speculation it could have to do with Fox owning the lifetime rights to the show, or Ed O’Neill starring in Modern Family. Either way, fans of the 90s sitcom are begging for its return, and hopefully the Married With Children remake doesn’t disappear in a deep, dark hole of legal drama.
In August 2015, it was announced that the first episode of a Xena remake would run sometime in 2016. Well, it’s now 2017, and no reboot has aired. Fans are still talking about it though, and there has been no official “shutdown” of the project, leading me to believe it’s still going to happen. Question is: when?
What would Tim “The Toolman” Taylor look like 18 years later? What are his sons, Brad, Randy and Mark, up to? And what about trusty sidekick Al Borland? These are all questions that need answering! Would the cast want to do it? Neither Jonathan Taylor Thomas (Randy) or Patricia Richardson (Jill) have seemed keen when discussing a potential remake. JTT has said no one wants to see an old Randy, while Richardson commented that she’d rather have people begging for it than disappointed with the remake. If it does come back, it screams Netflix. Just like Fuller House, fans of the 90s sitcom would be thrilled to relive their childhood again, even if it’s just for a few hours.
With the 20th anniversary of the first Buffy show approaching, rumors are running rampant that a revival is in the works. Now remember, this is all speculation created by fans and the media. None of the show’s stars or producers have mentioned it. However, Sarah Michelle Gellar has answered questions regarding a possible reboot, and hasn’t shot it down. Most of the show’s cast have gone on to decent Hollywood careers, but none has much on their plate at the moment. The timing seems right to me.
This is a tough one. For years, fans have begged and pleaded for a reboot, or at least a reunion show, but all requests have been turned down. It seemed like it was close to happening last year when the cast (minus Matthew Perry) shared the stage to honor director James Burrows. But that’s where it ended. And it seems we’ll have to keep waiting, as Jennifer Aniston said in December it’ll likely never happen, mostly due to the tech-obsessed world we now live in. Joey wouldn’t need to go next door to ask a question; Monica wouldn’t need to run to the coffee shop to see if Phoebe is there. The show would just be a bunch of texting. That said, if a limited-event series was ordered, there is no doubt it would be watched by millions.
A Seinfeld reboot is probably the second-most wanted reboot behind Friends. It was a show about nothing, but that’s what people loved about it. Every week, fans would gather around the TV to see what Jerry, Elaine, George, and Kramer were up to. The cast has gone on to do really well, and all are currently busy shooting, acting, or producing other projects. If this were to happen, it’d likely be a short-ordered series on Netflix, considering Jerry Seinfeld just recently moved his series Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee to the streaming giant. I think we all have our fingers and toes crossed for this one.
Like a possible Friends remake, Dawson’s Creek might be difficult to do because it stems from a different time. Another factor: how the show ended. It was pushed five years forward, so fans got a glimpse into the future of Pacey, Joey, and Dawson. Not to mention the death of Michelle William’s character, Jen. How could you do a reboot without all four of them? Williams has thrown out the idea of a ghost, or flashbacks, but I think it’s all wishful thinking. Joshua Jackson recently said it would be heartbreaking and shocking for fans to see the quad back on screen together.
Fresh Prince fans have been eagerly awaiting this one. The original Fresh Prince, Will Smith, was believed to be behind the potential revival, but last year he changed his tune a little. When asked if we’d ever see a reboot, he said “we’re gonna leave that one alone.” Maybe he has a point, and it’s better as a memory, especially given the tragic death of James Avery (Uncle Phil) back in 2013.
A 13-episode series of Coach was supposedly in the works, with Coach Fox himself coming out of retirement to help his son (a coach for an Ivy league school). However, NBC dropped it after much was already in place. The show’s execs said they were going to shop around, but that was in the summer of 2015, and nothing has come up yet. Maybe the interest just isn’t what it used to be.
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