Television changed a lot over the years. New generes are created, the culture has changed with new streaming formats, and the audience changed. But maybe not that much. The yearning for the successful shows from the 90s seem to still exist and the Networks reacted. Reboots of sitcoms and dramas seem to pop one after the other. So if you also miss the old TV magic, join us as we discuss the top TV Shows revivals.
Charmedimg4.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131113173046/charmed/images/1/1d/Alyssa-Milano-pic.jpg [CC BY-SA 1.0] The fantasy drama television series, that started in the late 90s and continued for eight seasons well into the 2000s, is finally getting a reboot. The idea for a reboot was there since 2013, but went through multiple incarnations, until it was decided one the time period, the relations to the original, and the main messages. Finally it has been decided that the script will be set in the present day and will depict three sisters in a college town that discover they are witches after the death of their mother. The CW, who ordered the Charmed reboot to pilot, positioned the series as a feminist reboot that tears down patriarchy. They also tried to include many other social topics and challenges that are relevant today. The casting was openly calling for diversity in ethnicity, and indeed the three women casted for the leading roles are women of color, and they are Melonie Diaz, Madeleine Mantock, and Sarah Jeffery. The pilot was released in the US on October 14th and received mixed reviews. The original cast, who is no stranger to internal conflicts, was also parted on their response. Holly Marie Combs criticised the network's decision not to get any input from the original cast and crew. On the other hand, Shannen Doherty and Rose McGowan expressed a more positive feedback and embraced the reboot.
Full House --> Fuller HouseGage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0]
Thanks to Netflix we got to experience the comback of the beloved Tanner family. The reboot is actually a sequel to the original Full House, which had its last season on 1995. D.J. Tanner is now a widowed mother of three, working as a veterinarian, and living in her childhood home in San Francisco. Her Sister Stephanie and best friend Kimmy, come to live with her to help raise the kids (sounds familiar?). As for Michelle Tanner, we will get back to her later. The original reboot was supposed to be a 13-episodes deal, but the series was renewed for a second season, and later for a third and forth season due to its great Netflix success. Most of the original cast is making apperances throughtout the seasons. And I say most because from the beginning it was uncertain whether the Olsen Twins will participate (told you I will be coming back to that). Finally, they rejected the proposal to come back as Michelle. In response, the producers had to find a solution for Michelle not being an active member of the family anymore. The solution was the storyline of Michelle residing in New York City, focused on her fashion career. So basically the Mary-Kate reason not to be in the show.
RoseanneLeah Mark [CC BY-SA 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons
The beloved show, starring Roseanne Barr and John Goodman, aired from 1988 to 1997. The series featured the Conners, an American working-class family living close to Chicago. The show wanted to create a sitcom where the working mother is the center. In addition, it included many storylines that were controversial at the time, such as gay characters and other LGBT issues. During the show's final season, Barr was in negotiations regarding the spin-off, but they failed. Finally, in 2017, it was reported that there will be a short revival, with the original cast along with new characters. The reboot premiered on March 27, 2018 with a high approval rating. Even Donald Trump called to congradulate Barr for the success. Soon after the premiere, the show was renewed to another season, which would have been the 11th. However, a couple of months later, Barr posted a message on Twitter, with a racist comment toward the African-American community. Though Barr defended the comment as a joke, Wanda Sykes, a consulting producer/writer, announced she would no longer be involved with the program. ABC, in response to the comment, decied to cancel the Roseanne renewal. After the cancellation, ABC tried to find a solution that will allow them to use the show's success, without Barr's involvement. It was finally decided to create a spin-off titled The Conners. It was premiered on October 16, 2018.
Party of FiveGage Skidmore [CC BY-SA 3.0
The Salinger siblings, who are the center of the show, became a part of our family during the 90s. While advertised as a teens drama, the show dealt with many mature themes, such as cancer and substance and domestic abuse. After their parents are killed in a car accident, the five siblings take over the family's restuarant. Throughout the years, many cast members joined and the focus of the show became much more around romantic relationships. The show ran until 2000, and became mostly successful during its later seasons, with Golden Globe awards. The network attempted a spin-off of the show in 1999, called Time of Your Life, but it was cancelled afer one season. It has been recently announced that the original series' creators are rebooting the show, that will revolve around a Mexican-American siblings. The new show is expected to be immigration-focused as the Buendias children are navigating everyday life struggles after their parents have been deported to Mexico. There is still no official release date, but with the casting process already behind, we probably won't have to wait too long.
Will & GraceAlan Light [CC BY 2.0
One of the most successful television series with a gay lead, Will & Grace depicted the friendship we all wished we had. Set in New York city, it follows the amazing relationship between Will, a gay lawyer, and Grace, an owner of an interior design firm. It also features Karen, the alcoholic socialite and Jack, who is portrayed amazingly by Sean Hayes. The show is modeled after the relationship between one of the creators of the show and his childhood friend, which explains the authenticity of the relationship. The show ran successfully for 8 seasons, with the last episode airing on May 18, 2006. On January 2017, NBC closed a deal for another season revival, to be executively produced by Sean Hayes himself. Later another season was ordered and it was recently announced that we should be expceting a third season as well. The public loved the revival and it almost seems like no time has passed based on the audience's excitment and engagement.