10 TV reboots we can’t wait to watch
Revivals are having a bit of a revival at the moment. New content just isn’t “in” right now – nostalgia is the new black.
The next couple of years are gearing up to be a reboot-fest; whether turning blockbuster movies to 10-part series or simply bringing us fresh and modern episodes of an absolute classic, we can’t wait to see them. Here are the 10 reboots we’re most looking forward to:
1. The First Wives Club
The classic 90s movie about a group of women getting revenge on their ex-husbands originally starred Bette Midler, Diane Keaton and Goldie Hawn. Television network “TV Land” have commissioned a pilot for a remake of the comedy. Whilst there is no casting news, New Girl writer Rebecca Adelman is on board along with Sex and the City’s Jenny Bix in an executive producer role.
2. 24: Legacy
The original 24 series, which ended in 2010, was followed up by 24: Redemption and 24: Live Another Day. In January 2016 Fox announced that it had ordered a pilot for a series titled 24: Legacy. Whilst the new show will retain a real time format, it will welcome a whole new cast. Corey Hawkins will play the male lead, Eric Carter, who is a military hero returning home. The female lead, former head of CTU Rebecca Ingram, will be played by Mirando Otto. Kiefer Sutherland has remained vague on a potential cameo in the series, stating that “I’ve learned enough over the last few years to not say never”.
3. Duck Tales
Children of the 80s rejoice! Your favourite duck-related animated series is returning. Featuring the tales of Scrooge McDuck and his cheeky great-nephews Huey, Dewey and Louie. The three littluns originally lived with their uncle – the famous Donald – but when he joined he US Navy (naturally) they went to live with their rich great uncle. Constantly trying to add to his fortune, Scrooge ends up in many scrapes with the villainous Beagle Boys and Magica De Spell but his nephews always help him out.
4. The Magic School Bus
Once again hitting you right in the nostalgia, Netflix is bringing back the educational kids’ show in 2016. 26 half-hour episodes have been commissioned under the new snazzy title The Magic School Bus 360° referencing the CGI animation that the series will employ. Rumour has it the bus will also have had a high tech makeover, equipping it to educate us on the latest technology.
5. Prison Break
Despite a seemingly very final finale in 2009, it has been confirmed that a sequel to the popular drama is happening. With filming expected to start this Spring (2016), both Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are reprising their roles as the devious brothers Michael and Lincoln. The last series left fans grieving the death of Michael but Fox CEO Dana Walden assures that there will be a logical explanation as to why he is alive. It is said the storyline will involve a mission to rescue Michael from Yemen after faking his death in Miami.
6. Dirty Dancing
This classic chick-flick probably has the most rumoured reboots of any show or film. In 2011 film studio Lionsgate hired the film’s original choreographer, Kenny Ortega, with the hopes of producing a modern remake – no further news on that. A TV miniseries was also scheduled to start filming in North Carolina but in July 2015 it was “put on hold”. The latest in this saga is ABC’s plans for a three-hour television musical remake, which seems to have stuck. The current cast line-up includes Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Scream Queens) as Baby, Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) as Lisa Houseman, Baby’s sister and Debra Messing will take on the role of the girls’ mother. Nicole Scherzinger was recently announced as dancer Penny Johnson whilst the iconic role of Johnny Castle will be taken on by Colt Prattes – currently best known for his theatre and dance work. We’re expecting great things.
7. The Worst Witch
Before Harry Potter was even a thought in Jo Rowling’s head, the 1974 book, The Worst Witch was entertaining children across the country. In 1998 CITV took advantage of a whole generation’s obsession with witchcraft and wizardry, airing a television series inspired by the books. Plans to revive the series were first discussed in 2014; the CBBC will be taking us back to Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches – no casting announcements have been made yet. The original series launched the career of Academy Award-nominated Felicity Jones so we’re sure girls are queueing up for roles.
Fans of the Taken series will be pleased to know they’ll get the chance to see exactly how Neeson’s character, Bryan Mills, learnt his “particular set of skills”. In late 2015, NBC ordered a straight-to-series prequel of the hit trilogy with Alex Carey at the helm of the show. No dates have been mentioned but we do know that British actor Clive Standen will be taking on the infamous role.
9. Gilmore Girls
The biggest reboot news of the year has to go to the residents of Stars Hollow. Hearing the news that Netflix had commissioned four 90-minute episodes of the quirky series had us buzzing more than Lorelai after a vat of coffee. Unusually for the reboot of a series, a large amount of the original cast is returning: Lauren Graham (Lorelai), Alexis Bledel (Rory), Scott Patterson (Luke), Kelly Bishop (Emily), Sean Gunn (Kirk), Keiko Agena (Lane), Liza Weil (Paris), Jared Padalecki (Dean) and Milo Ventimiglia (Jess) are all confirmed to appear. The episodes are named after each of the seasons, starting with “Winter” and following on chronologically through the year.
10. Cruel Intentions
This classic saucy seduction film is making its way to the smaller screen with Kathryn back to her devious ways. We are gleeful to learn that Sarah Michelle Gellar will be reprising her famous role as the sexy, manipulative Kathryn Merteuil in the NBC reboot. Following the story of Sebastian and Annette’s son, Bash Casey, the series will see Kathryn trying to take control of Valmont International from her step-brother’s only child. Original writer and director Roger Kumble is on board as well as the creators of Cruel Intentions: The Musical, Jordan Ross and Lindsey Rosin. Just what will Kathryn get up to this time around, we can’t wait to find out.