All of the TV Revivals Announced in 2018 (So Far)
The trend of reviving old TV shows has completely taken over the industry, and at this point, it’s getting difficult to keep track of everything that’s in the works. In 2018 alone, we’ve already heard of literally dozens of shows that are making a return.
Now that a few new revivals have been recently reported on, let’s round up all the TV revival news we’ve heard so far this year. We’ll be looking both at official announcements and reports from reliable sources like Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter, starting with the most recent and working back to January.
This one is still pretty early, but Deadline reported on July 25th that Kelsey Grammer is fielding interest in a possible Frasier revival. However, this would apparently take place in a new city, with only Frasier himself being the link between the two shows. So this seems more like a new series featuring Frasier than a revival of Frasier itself. Still, that’s just one idea, and Grammer is apparently hearing a lot of pitches from different writers at the moment.
After years of discussion of a Deadwood movie revival, it finally appears to be happening. HBO announced at the Television Critics Association’s summer tour that the film had been given the green light. It will begin shooting this fall for a planned spring 2019 premiere date.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Fox recently revealed that a new Buffy the Vampire Slayer is in the works. Joss Whedon is set to produce, while Monica Owusu-Breen will write the series, which will have a black lead.
Initially, it was reported that the new actress would be playing Buffy, so it sounded like this was going to be a remake. But after some backlash, Owusu-Breen took to Twitter to say that Buffy can’t be replaced, and she made it sound like this new series would take place in the same world but just follow a new Slayer.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Lucasfilm shocked fans at San Diego Comic-Con this year by announcing that Star Wars: The Clone Wars would be returning for 12 new episodes. The animated series famously never got to have the ending creator Dave Filoni intended, and now it finally will get that wrap-up. The Clone Wars will be exclusive to the Disney streaming service, meaning it won’t launch until fall 2019 at the earliest.
Nickelodeon has given a 26-episode order to a revival of Rugrats, according to Deadline. The network says that this show will feature new adventures with Tommy, Chuckie, Phil, Lil, Susie, and Angelica. Additionally, Nickelodeon is also working on a live-action feature film with the Rugrats characters.
Not long after its series finale, Downton Abbey is already returning with a feature film from Focus Features. All of the members of the main cast will return, and it will begin shooting this summer. This won’t be a made-for-TV movie, though; it’s apparently going to be a full theatrical release.
Actor Adrian Pasdar told TV Line that a reboot of 1996 Fox series Profit, which aired only four episodes before being canceled, is in the works.
Daria, Aeon Flux, The Real World, and Made
Variety reported in June that MTV had launched a new studio, and one of its first projects would be a revival of Daria from Inside Amy Schumer writer Grace Edwards.
Additionally, MTV is also planning revivals of Aeon Flux, The Real World, and Made.
According to Deadline, USA Network is in negotiations to revive the Fox reality show Temptation Island.
Clifford the Big Red Dog
Clifford the Big Red Dog is returning, with 39 new episodes being ordered earlier this year. According to ABC News, the episodes will air on Amazon Prime and PBS Kids in 2019.
Last Man Standing
Largely due to the success of Roseanne, Fox announced in May that it would be reviving the Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing, which ABC had canceled a year earlier. The new season will air on Fox this fall, although two members of the cast aren’t coming back.
Tales of the City
Netflix has ordered a revival of Tales of the City, which will see Laura Linney, Olympia Dukakis, and Barbara Garrick returning to reprise their roles and Ellen Page stepping in to play Shawna.
Clarissa Explains it All
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the classic Nick series Clarissa Explains it All will be returning, with Melissa Joan Hart in talks to reprise her role. This time, though, the idea is that she’ll be the mother of the family.
Deal or No Deal
CMT ordered 10 episodes of a Wife Swap revival in March.
The Sopranos is coming back, although it won’t be as a TV show, and it won’t be as a continuation of the original series.
Instead, original creator David Chase is working on a movie called The Many Saints of Newark, which will be a prequel to The Sopranos.
Yet another classic Nick show that’s returning is Blue’s Clues, with the network ordering a new version with a new host earlier this year. Nick says that in the new show, Blue will be “even furrier and more huggable,” but the basic format will be kept the same.
Disney needs some compelling original content for its upcoming streaming service, and according to The Hollywood Reporter, this will include a new Muppets show. We don’t know much about it yet, but don’t expect to see it until fall 2019 at the earliest, as that’s when the Disney streaming service launches.
A BattleBots revival was announced in February, and it came together rather quickly, with the new season beginning to air in May.
In January, CBS gave a revival of Murphy Brown a 13-episode order, with creator Diane English and lead actress Candice Bergen both returning.
Recently, Entertainment Weekly revealed the first official cast photo from the new show, which will premiere on September 27th on CBS.
Just a few days into 2018, Hulu announced that it had ordered a revival of Animaniacs, although it won’t be out until 2020.