I could sing Uncle Jesse’s ‘Forever’ in my sleep; I’m dying to know who Rory ends up with; and honestly, I wasn’t sure if I still believed without Mulder and Scully. But even I am ready to throw in the overused towel.
How much is too much? Well, this is it. It seems that as a TV writer, every day there is news breaking of a new TV show being remade or rebooted — either the original cast is coming back and picking up where they left off, or a whole new group is taking on the original story. Either way, the ideas are still one thing: old.
When the Saved by the Bell cast famously reunited on The Tonight Show a little over a year ago, we all went wild: seeing the actors who portrayed friends that pretty much grew up with us was an exciting feeling. However, a “tv reunion” doesn’t really exist anymore. Now, instead of getting a few actors together for a Jimmy Fallon–type segment, networks create full-on reboots!
I’m not complaining about the nostalgic feelings — I could spend every day watching Dawson’s Creek reruns and die a happy person: TV was different then and many, like me, enjoyed it more. I get it. But at this point, the number of shows on TV that are just recycling or recreating old content is getting
a little ridiculous.
Shows ended for a reason. Did I love Full House? Yes. But it ended because it was time. Not only are networks bringing back shows and picking up where they left off (yes, I’m looking at you Danny Tanner), they’re taking the idea of a show (or now, even a movie) and turning it into a whole new series (ahem, Scream).
Either way, the end point is still the same: I watch TV to escape, to distract myself from life, to enjoy someone else’s life for a while — and I want someone else’s with a story I don’t already know, not a recycled version of a life story that I already know the ending to!
While writing this, I tried to think of as many reboots and revivals that are on or coming soon — whatever I could think of off the top of my head.
Am I excited for some? YES. Is this way too many? One thousand percent.
Cruel Intentions; Scream; Minority Report, 24: Legacy; The Rocky Horror Picture Show; The Notebook; Rush Hour; Fuller House; The X-Files; Prison Break; Gilmore Girls; Rambo Dirty Dancing; Legends of the Hidden Temple; Hey Arnold!; The Expendables; The Fresh Prince of Bel Air; A Series of Unfortunate Events; Macgyver; Star Trek; Twin Peaks; and Xena.
And that was just off the top of my head. So, are you hoping for something new in 2016?