4 TV Reboots That Didn’t Totally Blow It
Reboots are all the rage in Hollywood these days. But why do some series soar while others flop? The most successful television reboots hit the mark by balancing nostalgia with originality. With that in mind, here is a list of four winning television revivals.
The primetime soap, Dynasty, is synonymous with outrageous ‘80s glitz and glamour. From 1981 to 1989, the fictional Carrington and Colby families relentlessly feuded. The cast was made up of a virtual who’s who in Hollywood, including John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Heather Locklear, and the incomparable Joan Collins as Alexis.
The CW revived Dynasty in 2017, and the salacious stories have taken viewers on a wild ride for three seasons so far. Based on the show’s popularity with fans, the reboot scored an early renewal for season 4, as reported by Deadline.
2. ‘Lost in Space‘
The sci-fi classic, Lost in Space, aired from 1965 to 1968, and later found a new audience decades later in syndication. The narrative followed the Robinsons, a space colony family whose ship went off course. It was inspired by a 19th-century novel, titled Swiss Family Robinson.
Netflix put a new spin on the tale with the 2018 series, Lost in Space. The show has all of the charm of the original, plus added realism that is made possible by the recent advancements in media technology. Although the reboot is a visual stunner that fans seem to enjoy, Deadline reported that Lost in Space will end after the third season, just like its predecessor.
3. ‘American Idol‘
American Idol, which premiered on Fox in 2002, quickly became the gold standard for reality competition series. What launched as a simple singing contest became a worldwide sensation, vaulting the competitors into stratospheric success. Much of the appeal was due to the original judges, Paula Abdul, Randy Jackson, and Simon Cowell, as well as the host, Ryan Seacrest. Seasons 8 through 15 consisted of a revolving door of judges that never quite captured the chemistry of the original trio.
In 2016 after 15 seasons, American Idol took its final bow on Fox. Two years later, Ryan Seacrest was back to host the revival of the show, but this time on a competing network with a different set of personalities. The show’s new home, ABC, tapped Lionel Richie, Katy, Perry, and Luke Bryan as judges. Although today’s American Idol isn’t the ratings juggernaut of the original, it still boasts killer talent, lots of flair, and high entertainment value.
4. ‘Fuller House‘
Full House was a part of ABC’s TGIF lineup, which was a group of family-friendly sitcoms that aired during primetime on Fridays. The series aired from 1987 to 1985 and nearly reached the 200-episode mark. Led by Bob Saget and John Stamos, Full House followed the Tanner family. In it a widower, his three daughters, and their support system of family and friends all lived under the same roof. Hence the title, Full House.
Netflix dropped the sequel to Full House in 2016, three decades after the original ended. The continued narrative, titled Fuller House, follows the grown-up Tanner children and their circle of loved ones as they navigate life together. The series, which was recently renewed for its fifth and final season, according to Variety, beautifully appeals to the sense of nostalgia for folks who grew up watching TGIF.