Is 2018 the year of the reboot? It might just be. A steady stream of beloved older shows are making a comeback, but not everyone’s delighted about it. Some TV fans (you know who you are!) are actively furious. And yes, we get it. Reviving long-dead shows can feel lazy — and like networks are cashing in on pre-established formats. Still, we’re not totally averse to all reboots. Actually, we’re quite excited about a few of ’em, and here’s why:
1) Some shows were just THAT good the first time around. So why not make more?
2) A lot of people haven’t seen the originals, so for them the reboot is shiny and new.
3) Reworking material can be a creative challenge, with the end result worth checking out.
Done, done and done.
So, what’s actually in the remake pipeline? Let’s take a look at this year’s most promising prospects…
1. Lost in Space
The 10-part Netflix series — a remake of the original show that ran from 1965-1968, that many of us saw in re-runs — will be available to stream this April. The premise is the same: the Robinson family has been selected to head to a habitable planet and spearhead colonization, except… they get lost. The new version is visually stunning, and possibly a little sassier than the original. We can look for familiar faces like Molly Parker (Deadwood) as Maureen Robinson, Toby Stephens (Black Sails) as John Robinson and Parker Posey (Search Party) as Dr. Smith.
2. Magnum P.I.
Magnum P.I. kicked off in 1980, starring Tom Selleck in the titular title role, and ran for eight seasons through 1988. The upcoming CBS series will see Jay Hernandez take over the role of Hawaii-based P.I., who’s now a former Navy Seal-turned-investigator. Peter Lenkov, who has brought other shows back to life like Hawaii Five-O and MacGyver, will be co-writing and co-running with creative partner Eric Guggenheim. Of course, there is one serious question that we don’t yet have an answer to: will the 2018 Magnum be donning that iconic mustache?
3. Cagney & Lacey
Partners Chris Cagney and Mary Beth Lacey, better known as Cagney and Lacey, policed the streets of NYC in the 1980s. Cagney’s focus was entirely on her career, while Lacey — a working mother — had to juggle her job and family life. The partners leaned on each other for support. The original Cagney & Lacey first aired in 1982, starring Sharon Gless as Cagney and Tyne Daly as Lacey, and ran for seven seasons. The new series is set to star Sarah Drew (Grey’s Anatomy) and Michelle Hurd (Hawaii Five-O) in the title roles.
4. Stargate SG-1
The sci-fi series Stargate SG-1 kicked off in 1997 and ran for 10 seasons, ending in 2007. The show followed a secret military group that explored the universe, hopping around via Stargates. The original series starred Richard Dean Anderson, Amanda Tapping, Michael Shanks and Christopher Judge. The Stargate reboot, called Stargate Origins, revolves around Catherine Langford (Ellie Gall), daughter to Professor Paul Langford (Connor Trinneer), who discovers the first Stargate. She’s on a mission to save the Earth from darkness.
5. Sabrina, the Teenage Witch
Sabrina, the Teenage Witch (1998-2003) is getting a reboot and a title change. 2018’s The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina is billed as a darker take on the source material — the 2014 graphic novel, which was inspired by the original comics. Sabrina Spellman will be played by Kiernan Shipka (Feud), and we can look for other familiar faces like Richard Coyle (Coupling) and Michelle Gomez (Doctor Who).
6. Murphy Brown
Murphy Brown is returning with — wait for it, wait for it — Candice Bergen reprising her role as Murphy Brown. The original series premiered in 1988, running for 10 seasons, through 1998. Bergen starred as an investigative journalist and anchor at the TV channel FYI. In the next 13-episode batch, we’ll get to see Brown back in action. We feel confident the character is in good hands, as the show’s creator Diane English is also returning. Other original cast members are making a comeback too. Grant Shaud will reprise the role of Miles Silverberg and we can look forward to Faith Ford playing Corky Sherwood. We can’t wait to see the gang reunited!
More than two decades after the original series wrapped, family sitcom Roseanne has returned to prime-time TV, airing Tuesday nights on ABC. The trailer gives us a sum-up of then and now, including footage from both the reboot and the original. Many of the cast have returned, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Lecy Goranson, Sara Gilbert, Laurie Metcalfe and Johnny Galecki. The Conners are still in the same house, so we can feel right at home when revisiting this TV family. That hasn’t changed, but their children are all grown up now.
The Charmed reboot was originally going to be set in the 1970s, making it a prequel. But, that idea has since been squashed. So, what can we expect? It sounds like the new series will follow the original’s premise, but set in modern day, with the official description reading: “This fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”
In addition to these eight shows, it’s also been announced that The Twilight Zone is making a comeback, but there is no set air date. And there are plans for Party of Five and Miami Vice to get remakes, possibly in 2019.
Now you’ve seen what’s coming up, are you buying into our argument that not all reboots are a bad idea? Need more persuading? Let’s just imagine one of your favorites — oh, possibly Battlestar Galactica (we do read your comments!), which was a reboot of the 1970s original actually — were to return. Then would you warm up to the idea? Just sayin’…
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