Thursday, January 19, 2017
Reboots are made for walking
To combat this, the networks are leaning towards known franchises. At least they have some recognition. You may not know what HIGH MAINTENANCE is but you have heard of 24.
So this is the year of reboots.
24 is back but with a different lead character. Still, it’s the same format where the star kills many people and never once goes to the bathroom.
A lot of shows are coming back with original casts. WILL & GRACE just officially announced its return. Up first is PRISON BREAK. (I think there may be budget problems because this time they break out of the Disneyland lock-up.) Last year the X-FILES returned and might return again as the FBI is currently investigating the election being hacked by Martians. And TWIN PEAKS will be back. The ghost of Laura Palmer steals the log lady’s log. FULLER HOUSE is a hit on Netflix. And they keep saying ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT is returning for another season, but I think we’ll see that when Mexico builds that wall.
Netflix also has ONE DAY AT A TIME, but with a Latino cast. It’s really a reboot of CRISTELA.
Meanwhile, I’m still waiting for that call from a network wanting desperately to reboot BIG WAVE DAVE’S.
With all these re-boots I’m reminded of the great line by Billy Wilder. When asked about remaking one of his classic films he said, “I don’t understand. Why remake movies that work? Remake movies that didn’t work and fix them.”
Oh God, what if someone wants to try AfterMASH again?