9 New TV Revivals Coming in 2017
TV’s revival trend is set to continue well into 2017. While 2016 saw the return of Gilmore Girls, Full House, and The X-Files, audiences still have a slew of series comebacks to look forward to. From Twin Peaks to Prison Break, these favorite comedies and dramas will all re-emerge on the small-screen over the next several months. Below, check out nine series revivals coming our way this year.
1. Twin Peaks
After months of anticipation, the upcoming Twin Peaks revival will finally kick off in 2017. Creators Mark Frost and David Lynch are back to pen and direct the project. Most of the original cast members, including star Kyle MacLachlan, will also return alongside newbies Naomi Watts, Laura Dern, and Jennifer Jason Leigh.
It’s unclear how many episodes will be included in the season, as Lynch reportedly filmed the series continuously off of one long script and split it into installments later. The Twin Peaks revival will kick off on May 21.
2. Prison Break
Stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell will return for the Prison Break revival, as will much of the original cast. The 10-episode revival will pick up several years after the end of the original show, when a series of clues surface and suggest that Scofield’s (Miller) apparent death was not what it seemed and Lincoln (Purcell) and Sara (Sarah Wayne Callies) team up to engineer the series’ biggest escape ever. The show will air on Tuesday nights starting with its premiere on April 4.
3. Mystery Science Theater 3000
Netflix will bring back the hit cult series sometime this year. The streamer landed the revival after a successful Kickstarter campaign — initiated by series creator Joel Hodgson — garnered over $6.4 million toward the production of 14 new episodes. As in the original, the show will follow two mad scientists who force humans and robots to come together and riff on truly terrible movies. Patton Oswalt, Felicia Day, and comedian, Jonah Ray have all signed on to be part of the project. A specific premiere date has not been confirmed.
Disney XD is revisiting DuckTales, the Emmy-winning series that aired from 1987 to 1990. Produced by Disney Television Animation, the new animated comedy will again follow Disney’s iconic characters Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, and his grandnephews Huey, Dewey, and Louie as they embark on high-flying adventures worldwide. A premiere date has not been confirmed, although it will kick off in summer 2017.
5. Will and Grace
NBC is currently developing a new incarnation of the former favorite sitcom. The network has reportedly closed new deals with both series creators, David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, and the original stars, Eric McCormack, Debra Messing, Megan Mullally, and Sean Hayes, to return for the revival. According to TVLine, the limited run of episodes is being eyed for 2017, although the exact number of installments hasn’t been revealed.
6. Star Trek: Discovery
CBS All Access’ revival of the beloved sci-fi franchise will follow a female lead character on a journey that will teach her how to get along with others in the galaxy. Per TVLine, the 13-episode freshman season will “bridge the gap between Enterprise and the original series.”
Michelle Yeoh, Doug Jones, and Anthony Rapp are all set to star in the series, which has also been described as a reboot, although it will likely serve as an extension of Star Trek’s many TV shows. This will be the first time that Star Trek returns to its original medium since 2005. A premiere date is undetermined.
7. Samurai Jack
Cartoon Network’s animated series, following a time-displaced samurai, hasn’t been on air since 2004. But more than a decade after concluding, the show is about to make a return to the small-screen. In 2015, Adult Swim announced it would be reviving the series for a fifth and final season that will air during its Toonami programming block.
The new season will reportedly pick up many years after the end of the original series, bringing Jack’s journey to a final conclusion. After months of development, the revival premiered in March 2017.
8. Curb Your Enthusiasm
In summer 2016, HBO announced that it’s bringing Larry David’s Curb Your Enthusiasm back, following a five-year hiatus. The revival season — which will be the series’ ninth — will feature David reprising a fictionalized version of himself, alongside Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, and Ted Danson. The new season has reportedly already started filming and is expected to premiere sometime in late 2017. It will mark the first time that the show has been on air since 2011.
9. The Magic School Bus Rides Again
Kate McKinnon is set to star in The Magic School Bus Rides Again, Netflix’s revival of the 1990 kids series. The SNL star will play bus driver Ms. Frizzle, who was voiced by Lily Tomlin in the original PBS series. The revival was first announced in 2014 and is expected to hit Netflix sometime in 2017, although a specific release date has yet to be announced.
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