Everything Old Is New Again: A Guide to the Growing List of TV Reboots and Revivals
The popular '90s and '00s sketch show was considered the kids version of Saturday Night Live
. According to Variety
, former original cast member Kenan Thompson will executive produce the revival which will include a new cast with occasional appearances by old familiar faces. Among some of the show's original sketches were the popular "Good Burger" scenes between Thompson and costar Kel Mitchell.
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Queer as Folk
Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series — which ran from 1999-2000 — has a new version in the works featuring entirely new characters in a new setting, Variety reports
. The British series originally starred Aidan Gillen and Charlie Hunnam, and centered on a group of club-going friends in the LGBT community who turn to each other for support after a tragedy. It was then remade in North America and ran for 5 seasons on Showtime.
New York Undercover
Dick Wolf's 1994-1998 crime drama which originally ran on Fox is eyeing a possible ABC reboot. According to Deadline
, fans of the show may not see stars Malik Yoba and Michael DeLorenzo return, but Wolf will executive produce the series alongside new show writer Ben Watkins (Hand of God
MTV Studios is revamping the cult-favorite claymation series — which ran from 1998-2002 — as a weekly show that is being shopped to premium and streaming networks for 2019. Rapper/actor Ice Cube is attached to star and executive produce alongside Jeff Kwatinetz and series creator Eric Fogel. This follows MTV Studios' recent revivals of The Real World
, and more for digital platforms.
The 1990s series about a young doctor who opens up shop in a quirky Alaska town is reportedly getting the revival treatment. According to The Hollywood Reporter
, star Rob Morrow will return as Dr. Joel Fleischman who travels back to Alaska for a funeral, meets up with old friends and encounters some new faces. Morrow is set to produce with fellow former star John Corbett and series creator Joshua Brand will write the series while fellow creator John Falsey will executive produce.
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The Bone Collector
NBC is set to reboot the 1997 novel and 1999 film by the same name to tell the story of retired forensic criminologist Lincoln Rhyme according to Deadline
. He returns to work on an irresistible case with young detective Amelia Sachs, the roles Angelina Jolie and Denzel Washington played in the film version. VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli are set to write the series.
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The controversial early 2000s reality show is returning with original host Mark L. Walberg at the beginning of 2019. According to The Hollywood Reporter
, the revival will once again see couples travel to an Island where they'll be exposed to 24 eligible men and women which will test the strength of their existing relationship.
Walmart's streaming service Vudu is teaming up with MGM to revive the '80s classic with a continuation of the story revealed Deadline
. This version will see baby Megan as an adult heading into the work force and leaving her husband to take over parenting duties.
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Based on the 2000 film by the same name, High Fidelity
is getting a reboot with gender flip twist. Big Little Lies
star, Zoe Kravitz will play a music-obsessed record shop owner similar to the role played by John Cusack in the original, reported Deadline
Lean On Me
A female-led reboot of the 1989 film starring Morgan Freeman is on its way to The CW according to Deadline
. The hour-long drama will be written by Wendy Calhoun and produced by LeBron James and John Legend.
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Start practicing that famous nose wiggle. According to Deadline
, Kenya Barris has made one finale deal at ABC before heading to Netflix — he's rebooting the classic supernatural '60s comedy. A twist on the old classic, this reboot will feature an interracial family made up of a black single mother who marries a white man.
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After 25 years, the seven-season comedy is about to be revived by Sony Pictures Television Studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter
. Original series creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason is heading up the project about four women and one man who work at an Atlanta interior design firm.
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The Facts of LifeNetwork:
Sony Pictures TV is reportedly working on a reboot of the hit '80s series that originally debuted on NBC. The project is looking for a writer and involves both Leonardo DiCaprio's production company Appian Way, as well as Jessica Biel's Iron Ocean Films. (The news was broken exclusively by Deadline
The gang is returning for all-new adventures as Nickelodeon just ordered 26 episodes of the fan-favorite cartoon. Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica will all return for the cartoon revival series. There is also a live-action CGI movie slated for 2020.
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Four Weddings and a FuneralNetwork:
Mindy Kaling will write the anthology series based on the 1994 film, and the original writer, Richard Curtis will executive produce.
The game show pitting teams against one another in physical and mental challenges will return to Nickelodeon over 30 years after its 1986 premiere.
Clarissa Explains It All
Still in its early stages, the reboot will feature original star, Melissa Joan Hart as Clarissa, only this time she'll be filling the mother role. The series' original creator Mitchell Kriegman is also attached as a writer and executive producer.
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Based on the 1992 comedy starring Eddie Murphy, Boomerang
has been ordered for half-hour episodes.
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First Wives Club
The half-hour comedy series from Girl's Trip
co-writer, Tracey Oliver will feature a group of women who ban together post-divorce.
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The Muppet Show
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The new streaming service—which some say will give Netflix a run for their money—is giving Jim Hensons' Muppets
the reboot treatment. No word yet on whether it will be based on the original Muppet Show
or other recent revivals.
Lost in Space
Premiering in spring 2018, the reboot of the '60s family sci-fi show will definitely have new and improved special effects.
This reboot follows the Muppets as babies, and is based on the original kids series which aired from 1984-1991.
Conan the Barbarian
People behind The Handmaid's Tale
and Game of Thrones
are working on the series which will take direct inspiration from the Arnold Schwarzenegger adventure fantasy film.
Gone Baby Gone
Based on the same story that inspired the Oscar nominated film, Gone Baby Gone
centers on the disappearance of a little girl in Boston, and the investigation surrounding her.
Twentieth Century Fox
The reboot, Roswell, New Mexico
will still be based off of the Roswell High
sci-fi books, but will have an immigration twist.
Party of Five
Originally airing on Fox, the reboot will follow the Buendias children, who have to cope with life after their parents' deportation.
The Twilight Zone
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Jordan Peele is taking on the classic sci-fi series as both host and executive producer, and the cast includes Adam Scott, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, and more.
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Though the original series was a lighthearted sitcom, the Netflix reboot, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
, takes a darker path and stars Mad Men
actress Kiernan Shipka.
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The sitcom sees the return of Candice Bergen as the title character.
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The early 2000's show got a modern makeover with all new sister witches, this time all Latinx actresses.
The reboot, starring Jay Hernandez, doesn't include any cameos from the original cast. However, it does shake t things up by having the formerly male character Higgins played by a woman, actress Perdita Weeks.
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Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
Following a similar format as the original show, this reboot (with its title shortened to Queer Eye
) boasts a new cast of "queer eyes" to make over straight men and women.
TLC's former home makeover favorite returned with the entire cast of designers and carpenters, as well as original host Paige Davis.
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The Fox singing competition got an ABC makeover with Katy Perry, Lionle Richie, and Luke Bryan as judges. Ryan Seacrest continues his original hosting duties.
It seems like nearly every day a new reboot or revival of a TV series is announced. From Murphy Brown to Charmed to Party of Five, the resurfacing of '80s and '90s titles is downright inevitable.
So how could you possibly keep track of them all? Have no fear, because we've gathered all of the returning sitcoms, dramas, and more that have been announced to date.
Click through the gallery above for all of them, and keep checking back as it changes each week!
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