Ever since I wrote my last article about the return of Dallas, as well as a few other TV shows, I have been thinking a lot about TV show remakes and reboots. And by “a lot,” I mean for the past couple of days. So I have decided to compile a list of television shows that I think should be remade/rebooted for today’s audience. I’m just going to keep it simple and go with five:
#5 – Pushing Daisies
I don’t necessarily want the show remade or rebooted, just restarted. The show was perfect the way it was before ABC made the completely idiotic decision to cancel it. It had a solid cast of actors that made each of their characters beautiful and interesting. Even their guest stars were spectacular. There wasn’t a character that I wasn’t interested in. Bryan Fuller, creator and writer, created a show so quirky and magical that it rivaled the creative greatness that Tim Burton once had. ABC made the mistake of repeatedly shifting its time slot, essentially damning it, before finally cancelling it in 2009 with 3 episodes left to air. It was uncertain if they were going to air the final episodes, but due to a fan uproar, they finally did. There was even a rumor of a movie to give the show a proper ending, but we have yet to see anything of that nature happen. It would be much appreciated though.
#4 – Eerie, Indiana
How awesome would this be? One of the weirdest shows I ever watched when I was growing up. It was like Twilight Zone or X-Files for the younger crowd. A young boy, Marshall Teller, and his family moves to the town of Eerie, Indiana, where everything is not as wholesome as it seems. He and his friend, Simon, try to solve the mysteries of Eerie each week while encountering all of its oddities. There was even a spin-off, Eerie, Indiana: The Other Dimension, that was pretty fun. I think a reincarnated version of this show would work out very well, maybe even have Bryan Fuller take the helm. He’s proven to have the right stuff for this type of show (Pushing Daisies, Wonderfalls) and would be able to breathe new life into the show while keeping all of the charm of the original.
#3 – The Avengers
I’m not talking about the comic book superhero team. I’m talking about the British secret agents, John Steed and Emma Peel. I know there was a movie adaptation back in ’98 that didn’t do very well (which I happen to be a fan of), but I think an updated version of the show would do very well. Due to the success of reincarnation of Sherlock Holmes with Sherlock, BBC would be the perfect home for this. Well that and because the agents are British. I mean, super-classy, kick-ass, British secret agents taking down the bad guys with their government training as well as their dry, witty banter. That’s posh right there.
#2 – Lost In Space
TV needs a resurgence of great space travel shows and a reboot of Lost in Space would be an excellent start. The Robinson family, Don West, Dr. Smith, and the Robot return for new adventures in space. Granted, it wouldn’t be like the original family was returning to have new adventures. It would be a newer version of those characters going on new adventures, just with the same premise. And with the quality of special effects in modern television, this show could be top notch. Now since this is a science fiction show, I would suggest Syfy should make this happen. But I also think FX or Starz would be good for this as well. A remake, without Dr. Smith, was developed for the WB in 2003, but the pilot was never aired and the show was never picked up. Too bad. That would have been interesting to see.
#1 – The Greatest American Hero
I know there’s probably many of you out there who have no idea what this show is, but let me tell you, it’s great. One of the best show of the ’80s. I was too young to see it when it first aired, being as that it aired from ’81-’83 and I was born in ’82, so I caught it during reruns years later. The premise of the show is about a high school teacher who is given a red suit by aliens that grants him superpowers, but he loses the instructions to it and has to learn how to use it by trial and error. How perfect of a premise for a TV show is that? It pretty much sells itself. Back in ’09, Nathan Fillion even stated during an interview that he would be interested in playing the lead role in a reboot. If that were to happen, I’d be in “Nerd-vana.” For the love of all things great and geeky, someone make this happen!
These are just my choices for remakes/reboots and I’m sure there are some other that will come to me eventually but these are the most important ones. I kinda wanted to add My Favorite Martian, but then I thought “Nah. I never really watched that show enough to care.”
What are some of your choices?