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10 TV Shows You Didn’t Know Were Being Revived

 

 

Hollywood’s obsession with remakes, reboots, reimaginings, retellings, reenactments, redos, and just about anything else beginning with ‘re’, doesn’t start and end with movies, because it’s just as prevalent on the TV side of things.

In the era of Peak TV, it seems like no idea can be considered a bad idea, and even more so that nothing can stay dead. Especially with the rise of streaming services, and the networks efforts to keep up, having a recognisable IP is worth its weight in gold. Hence why, over the last few years, we’ve seen the likes of Twin Peaks, Gilmore Girls, Full House, Murphy Brown, and Charmed all make a return to the small screen, for better or worse.

It doesn’t matter too much how beloved the series is, nor how well it holds up: one of the biggest revamps announced this year was Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which caused quite the stir when revealed at Comic-Con (despite the potential of telling a new story in that world). Whether the original cast is coming back or it’s updating the story for a whole new generation, or flipping it completely, there are a number of big TV shows on their way back to the screen.

10. Bewitched

ABC

The 1960s fantasy series, which starred Elizabeth Montgomery as the witch Samantha who marries a mortal man, isn’t only regarded as a classic, and has already been given the reboot treatment once before.

The Nicole Kidman/Will Ferrell version sadly failed miserably as casting a spell over audiences, but there’s hope a new version will be twitching its nose and enchanting a new generation.

Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and writer Yamara Taylor are developing the show for ABC, who’ve ordered a pilot, and will update it to a modern setting, with the new Samantha an African-American witch who marries a mortal white man.

9. Clarissa Explains It All

Nickelodeon

One hit Melissa Joan Hart series underwent a radical reboot earlier this year, with Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, and now Hart’s other major 90s show is set for a comeback too.

Unlike Sabrina, though, this time Hart will actually be reprising her iconic role, once again playing Clarissa Darling, only now she’ll be the family matriarch, with the series likely to split focus between her and her fourth-wall breaking child.

8. Rugrats

Nickelodeon

A Nickelodeon classic for anyone who grew up in the 90s, the initial run of Rugrats spawned 172 episodes, three movies, a video game, comics, and then its own spin-off/continuation series, All Grown Up.

With nostalgia opening up a huge market though, and since we’re entering the era of 90s nostalgia quite specifically, it is, of course, coming back. A revival has been under consideration for a few years now, but it was only back in June that it was 100% confirmed. Nickelodeon have ordered 26 new episodes of the show initially, while there are also plans for a CGI/live-action movie too, which is expected to land in 2020.

7. The Muppets

ABC

Yes, it’s time to play the music, it’s time to light the lights.

Disney are getting things restarted on The Muppet Show, bringing the characters back for their new streaming service, Disney+. Kermit, Miss Piggy et al have already appeared a few times this decade, including an ABC TV show that attempted to ape The Office with its mockumentary style and offer up some edgier humour, which was a complete failure.

Few details are known right now about the Disney+ show, but it’ll no doubt be taking things back to their more family-friendly roots, and that alone is worth getting excited about.

6. Miami Vice

Universal Television

Yet another series from the 1980s that’s apparently ripe for a modern take, the Miami Vice reboot is in the works from none other than Fast & Furious star Vin Diesel.

The original was a cultural sensation, with a lasting impact not only on TV – it basically changed the game for police procedurals – but on fashion too. That style and swagger was, however, very of its time, and finding something similar but for the current era is the biggest challenge facing the reboot (as the 00s movie found out).

Still, it was cinematic at a time TV shows weren’t, so at a time when television has finally caught up, perhaps Vin and co can take it to bold new heights again.

5. The Munsters

CBS

America’s First Family of Fright (although the series actually debuted a week after The Addams Family), The Munsters first spooked audiences way back in 1964, beginning a two-season run of 70 episodes on CBS that actually achieved higher ratings than it’s ABC competitor.

The Munsters don’t have the same cultural recognition nowadays, but there’s still an audience for a reboot to tap into. Indeed, NBC have already tried and failed once, with 2012’s pilot Mockingbird Lane failing due to its darker nature and inconsistent tone.

The new reboot is more heavily inspired by the original series, with the modern twist that it’s being set in hipster Brooklyn, and is being produced by Late Night host Seth Meyers.

4. The Twilight Zone

CBS

One of the most important and influential TV shows ever made, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone has remained a cultural touchstone for generations since its 1959 debut, and a show many have tried to redo since.

Revived in the 80s and 00s, and a clear influence on shows like Black Mirror too, The Twilight Zone should be easy to update given its mix of horror or sci-fi trappings with social commentary – it just needs the right talent behind it.

Who better, then, than the man who created the social horror event of the decade? Jordan Peele is producing – and set to narrate and host – a Twilight Zone revival for CBS All-Access, expected to debut next year.

3. Animaniacs

Warner Bros.

Get ready to go back to the whacky world of Wakko, Yakko, Dot, and a host of other Warner Bros cartoon characters, with the Animaniacs set to be unleashed once again.

Hulu are behind the reboot of the 90s animated variety series, with Steven Spielberg once again onboard as an executive producer. At least two seasons have been ordered, and Pinky and the Brain will mercifully be back too.

What are Hulu doing with this reboot? The same thing they do with every reboot. Trying to take over the world.

2. The Jetsons

Hanna-Barbera

The Space Age counterpart to The Flintstones, The Jetsons didn’t quite have the longevity, nor achieved the legacy, of its Stone Age peer, but it is perhaps more ripe for further exploration.

Give this explored comical ideas of the future from the standpoint of the 1960s, there’s definitely scope for a modern setting that looks into the future from the technological-driven age we live in now.

The new take, however, is set to be live-action, with Family Guy’s Gary Janetti writing and Robert Zemeckis onboard as an executive producer.

1. Frasier

NBC

One of the big three sitcoms of the 90s – and the most sharply written of the bunch – Frasier’s combination of sophistication and farce remains an endlessly rewatching formula, but one Kelsey Grammer is insisting on attempting to repeat.

Reports emerged earlier this year that a revival was in the works which would focus solely on his character, taking him to a new show in a new city. Grammer, however, is still looking for the right idea, and now hopes that the original cast will come back too, recently saying he didn’t want to do it without them.

Of course, it’s going to be missing a crucial part of the show’s alchemy after the sad passing of John Mahoney. Quite how the show finds the necessary balance without him is just one of the many hurdles it needs to overcome, but at the same time this is the most award-winning sitcom of all time, so it has a chance.

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