10 Shows Netflix Should Revive
May 23rd, 2013 2:30pm EDT
Netflix revived the Bluth family, so we thought we'd share a list of 10 other shows worth reviving.
FX's barely watched drama about two private investigators was at times gut-wrenching, heart-warming, nostalgic, regretful, beautiful, poignant sad, moving. Terriers told the story of Hank and Britt, an ex-cop and a soon-to-be ex-thief. FX's president John Landgraf couldn't justify a renewal due to the pitiful season 1 numbers. The series hasn't enjoyed post-series success because the DVDs haven't been released. The series finale is essentially perfect for the series, but I'd love to catch up with my old pals.
2. Party Down
Party Down had less viewers than Terriers. Starz hid the comedy about six aspiring actors and writers working in catering on Friday nights. Rob Thomas made a Veronica Mars movie happen, so getting Netflix to revive Party Down shouldn't be a problem. The series had a talented cast: Adam Scott, Lizzy Caplan, Martin Starr, Ken Marino, Jane Lynch, Jane Lynch, Megan Mullaly, Ryan Hansen, plus great guest stars. Each episode took place at a different party. The characters would get into trouble whether party-related or personal-related. Of all the talented and funny actors and actress the show boasted, Ken Marino was the best.
Alphas was another low-rated series prematurely cancelled--that's a trend in this piece. Alphas was everything HEROES wasn't: thoughtful, smart, excellently written, wonderful characterization. Ryan Cartwright's character, Gary, was the very best character on television for a significant stretch of time. The second season built to a explosive moment for the alphas involved and left the viewers hanging. Unfortunately, Syfy cancelled it. I'd love a revival to find out what happens next.
4. ANGEL Movies
TheWB cancelled ANGEL in February 2004 and tried to soften the blow with promises of TV movies for individual characters. The WB lied. The ANGEL story lives on in comic books, but I'd still like those movies. Joss Whedon's busy as the king of Marvel but he could executive produce. I imagine it'd work like this: Netflix orders three ANGEL movies that may or may not follow the comics. Bring in Whedonverse alums to write and direct the movies. Steven DeKnight could write and direct an 88 minute movie about Illyria or Tim Minear could tackle a movie about ghost Wesley or Jeff Bell could take a break from Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and write something.
5. Even Stevens
Shia LeBeouf would never sign on for an Even Stevens Netflix series. He's a serious movie actor now. If Shia did sign on, he'd sign on for something quite different than the series he left. The Even Stevens movie wrapped up the series quite forgettably. So, imagine Louis is a recent college graduate with a degree in the humanities. The job market spits on those with degrees in the humanities. Tawney broke up with him to take a writing job on the HBO series Girls. Louis still pulls outrageous pranks to distract himself from his crippling despair. Ren's a successful news anchor, but Louis will sneak into the news room and change the teleprompter. Silliness aside, Even Stevens was a delightful Disney sitcom that ran for 3 seasons and got a movie. I'm interested in revisiting the characters in the series.
The rotting corpse of 7th Heaven killed Everwood in spring 2006. The CW was a new network. President Dawn Orstoff wanted a sure thing on Monday nights. Everwood struggled, ratings-wise, in its 4th and final season. A long-term revival wouldn't be possible. Greg Berlanti produces every show on TV (not true). I sort of wonder what a scaled down Everwood would be like in a hypothetical fifth season. Cut out the unnecessary soap elements. Focus on the Browns, the Abbotts, and the relationship between Amy and Ephram. Explore how Andy's second marriage changed him, how Amy and Ephram are seven years into a relationship and much older than they were in the finale. There's a story to be told that further strengthens and deepens the bond between Harold and Andy. Revive the series and hire me to write it, Netflix.
7. The River
The River had a short 8 episode run. It brought Oren Peli's directorial style to television, and it worked. The River's first season ended with the characters trapped in the Amazon. The series had potential as an anthology. I wanted the second season to be like The Twilight Zone. Each episode would tell a weird/creepy/horror story about something in the Amazon.
8. Glory Days
Kevin Williamson's Glory Days tried to combine Twin Peaks with the style of the Scream movies. It failed; it got cancelled. Williamson's a Thing again in Hollywood. He ran The Vampire Diaries for over 2 seasons, created The Following (which is more a detriment to the man), and so on. Why not give Glory Days another shot? Perhaps its execution was flawed. Williamson wrote it in the same vein as Dawson's Creek, but The WB wanted a mystery added to the show.
9. Young Americans
Young Americans was a Dawson's Creek spin off that aired during the summer of 2000. Dawson's Creek was a ridiculous teen soap that is near and dear to my heart. A new Young Americans would fit on ABC Family more than Netflix. I imagine a revival of Young Americans would allow Dawson's Creek fans to catch up with the Capesiders. Young American's main character, Will, was a friend of Pacey in season 3. Young Americans and Glory Days, for me, taps into a certain nostalgia.
10. Are You Afraid of the Dark?
Are You Afraid of the Dark? was revived in 1999 and lasted less than a year on the air. Over a decade has passed since then. Why not revive it again? The Midnight Society can get together again and tell cool stories each week that stand completely alone.
My list probably raised a few eyebrows. I'm sure I overlooked some series. Anyway, which would you like Netflix to revive?
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