The Top 10 TV Shows That Should Be Brought Back, Rebooted Or Just Re-Run
October 5th, 2012 3:07pm EDT
TV remakes are either hit-or-miss, but with hollywood lacking many new ideas (seems like every other show is a crime drama or takes place in a hospital these days) we've thought of a few classic shows that we think would make the cut and stick around for a while -- if they're done correctly.
There are a number of old shows from the 70s and 80s that have been brought back in recent years, some with all new casts and edgier than their predecessors, and others featuring some of the original cast members. Others were revamped entirely, and some casting decisions killed a couple before they were even given a chance by the public.
Of the current remakes, only three stand out as successful: Hawaii Five-O, 90210, and Dallas.
The ones that fell short include the very disappointing Charlie's Angels -- you just can't replace Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith with Minka Kelly and two unknowns -- the original cast were naturals when it came to handling firearms for the show, while the new cast looked like a bunch of anti-Second Amendment liberals afraid that the gun itself would just randomly shoot someone on its own and came off more soft than badass.
The remade Melrose Place couldn't last, even with Heather Locklear reprising her role as the scheming Amanda Woodward. But a new cast, including Ashlee Simpson -- who was dropped from the show after 13 episodes -- couldn't keep it afloat, despite several other guest stars from the original series, including Laura Leighton, whose character Sydney Andrews was killed off in the first episode and appeared in flashbacks during a murder-mystery plotline. The show failed to hit it's target audience. It's safe to say that most of the folks who watched the original series 20 years ago are now in their late 40s and 50s and probably don't watch much on the CW network, that, based on their show lineup, has a target audience of 20 and 30-somethings.
The Bionic Woman and Knight Rider were both brought back, and probably should have gone right to the Sci-Fi channel because nobody watches Sci-Fi shows on network TV unless JJ Abrams is involved.
Reality shows brought back include American Gladiators, which lasted two seasons and was hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali. The show couldn't capture the campiness of the first run, that lasted seven seasons. Perhaps a Monday night time-slot killed the show, at the time going up against shows like Two and a Half Men. The original series ran on the weekends, when kids could watch; and had several ties to ESPN, with numerous ex-NFL stars doing commentary and even competing in special shows. The newer show, again, was hosted by Hulk Hogan and Laila Ali; and the former's association with sports entertainment in the form of wrestling may have been a knock against the public's perception of the authenticity of the show.
Fear Factor was brought back in 2011 after a five year hiatus, but was canceled less than a year later. Producers upped the ante of the show's second act, which featured challenges that disgusted many viewers. An episode filmed for January 30, 2012 was rejected by NBC because contestants were challenged to dring a (very full) glass of donkey semen and donkey urine.
FOX's highly successful variety comedy series In Living Color aired two specials in 2012, and the network planned on bringing the series back; however it's been put on hold.
Director Mike Judge brought back his 90s classic Beavis And Butt-Head for MTV in 2011, picking up where the show left off in 1997, but with the addition of the two main characters making fun of several of MTV's original series' as well as music videos. The 8th season ran for 24 episodes and was released on home video, and a 9th season hasn't been confirmed as viewership dropped below a million viewers despite a strong premiere (3.3 million).
Fantasy Island was brought back in 1998 after the original run of 12 seasons, but too many changes to the show killed it after just one episode.
But despite what seems like about a 30% success rate of shows brought back, when done right they work.
Here's 10 we think should be brought back...
The Greatest American Hero
A spaceship shows up and gives a guy a supersuit with some instructions on how to use it, but right away our here, Ralph Hinkley, loses the instructions. The suit gives him powers like superman, but he's kind of a bumbling fool of a superhero who just gets by on basic super skills to fight crime. With all the superheroes in film today, NBC attempted (and failed) to create a new masked vigilante like Batman called "The Cape." But resurrecting this gem from the 80s would be perfect family viewing.
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The truth is still out there. Bring Mulder and Scully back for more investigations and pick up the series where it left off.
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The Fall Guy
The premise: a Hollywood stuntman moonlights as a bounty hunter and uses his knowledge of special effects to catch bail jumpers. In the original, the truck was awesome, the girl was hot and the action was great. The original ran five seasons.
This is what kept the show on for five seasons and made millions of adolescent boys want to be either stuntmen or bounty hunters:
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The Love Boat
We hear Charo's still around, and good genes and good doctors have kept her looking like she hasn't aged a day since the Pacific Princess went to dry dock. Throw in some "Fifty Shades of Grey" and run it on HBO and it's a winner.
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Battle of the Network Stars
In the early 80s TV stars didn't have the overinflated egos that they do today. Actually, today's equivalent to BotNS would be Dancing With The Stars, only usually the "stars" on the show are there with the hopes of resurrecting their careers. BotNS featured stars of current shows competing in Olympic style and high school 'field day' style events for charity. Who wouldn't want to watch the cast of NCIS: Los Angeles in a tug-of-war with the folks from Grey's Anatomy? Throw in a little Wipeout for good measure and this one's a winner.
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Sure, the show would lack the genius of Andy Kaufman, the perfect stoner in Christopher Lloyd and the snide boss in Danny DeVito, but we're thinking Zach Galifianakis, Billy Bob Thornton and Ricky Gervais, respectively.
This (below) is one of the greatest TV sitcom scenes ever...
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Miami, Florida, is one of the biggest hangouts from numerous celebs because it's a great vacation destination. During the 1980s the show was an instant hit (of course, having jiggling boobs in your opening credit montage helps suck people in) and the closest thing we've had in recent years to the style and swagger of the original is David Caruso in CSI Miami. In fact, if we replaced the cast of CSI Miami with the original Vice cast nobody would notice, because the storylines fall right in line with the ones that featured Sonny Crockett (Don Johnson) and Ricardo Tubbs (Philip Michael Thomas). The subsequent big screen adaptation in 2006 was a bit darker and a one-off, but recasting these two iconic roles and revisiting white cotton suits with pastel t-shirts, pet alligators and a little eye-candy is a surefire recipe for success. Oh, and bring back Jan Hammer's classic opening theme, because the show had arguably the greatest TV soundtrack album of all-time.
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We'd love a remake of this classic 80s series. Without the mullet, that is. Richard Dean Anderson starred in the titular role as a secret agent and found himself in so many precarious situations that he somehow found ways to get out of with a roll of duct tape, some chewing gum and a bobby pin from a co-star's hair. No dilemma was too big for Mac, and he always got out alive and the bad guy's plans were thwarted. With the creation of the Department of Homeland Security, MacGuyver could now work for them and de-fuse elaborite nuclear bombs all over the world now.
Will Forte's take on the hero in his Saturday Night Live spoof MacGruber should be enough to convince TV producers that the should would be a success, considering that a (very underrated and hilarious) full-length feature film was made and a MacGruber sequel is reportedly in the works.
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The A Team
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A great show (and obviously one in which the special effects could be upped a bit) from the late 80s and early 90s that had a huge cult following. Perhaps use the slant that Dr. Sam Beckett finally made it home and a new team of 'leapers' could go into the past and change peoples' lives (see the show's opening below) for the better; and maybe the only issue would be that once they jump into the past there's no way to tell when they get back home. It's perfect for the ABC Family channel.
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