Nostalgia is a powerful thing and it will be featured prominently on our television screens very soon. The list of returning television shows from the past keeps growing and growing. Television revivals aren’t a new concept, but it seems that it’s becoming a booming trend. Networks have played with this approach over the years when they resurrected shows such as Dallas, Family Guy, Arrested Development and 24. Until recently, most returning shows were just rebooted, but now it seems that more direct sequels will be on the horizon. Girl Meets, a continuation of Boy Meets World, debuted in 2014 and laid the foundation for more shows to follow. It was just announced that Heroes Reborn, another revival show, will not be returning for a second season. So let’s take a look at some more revivals that are on the way. Will they flourish or face the same fate as Heroes Reborn?
The X-Files was a massive television hit for the Fox network in the 1990s and it ran for nine seasons. It also spawned two feature films and a short-lived spinoff series, The Lone Gunmen. It was known for having excellent standalone episodes and stories that expanded the mythology of the series. Rumors were going around for a while that everyone’s favorite FBI agents would be coming back in some form. There were talks of another movie, but ultimately it was announced that David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson would return for a six episode season. The six episodes will be comprised of both mythological and standalone episodes. It returns on January 24th, 2016. The truth is still out there.
Full House was a cultural juggernaut for ABC in the 1980s and 1990’s and was a mainstay in the TGIF block of programming. John Stamos, who played Uncle Jesse, was heavily involved in the push to get Full House back on our television screens. Netflix picked up the series for a 13-episode run. The sequel show will focus on DJ Tanner, now a single mother of three. Stephanie, her sister, and best friend, Kimmy decide to move back into the old Tanner house to help her raise the children. Almost all of the original cast will be returning in some form except for the Michelle Tanner character, played by the Olsen Twins. How Rude! The producers even tried to cast the youngest Olsen sister, Elizabeth, but were not successful. All episodes of Fuller House will drop on February 26th, 2016 on Netflix.
Prison Break found success for four seasons on the Fox network and wrapped up its run back in 2010. Star Wentworth Miller became a guest star on The Flash, a DC superhero show on the CW, last season as the villainous Captain Cold. The producers told him that he would be getting a partner named Heatwave on the show and he suggested they hire his old Prison Break costar, Dominic Purcell. They’ve been terrorizing Central City ever since.
The pair’s reunion sparked interest in a Prison Break revival. It was then announced that the guys would be headlining a spin-off of The Flash and Arrow called Legends of Tomorrow which debuts on January 21st, 2016. Chances of a revival weren’t looking good, but then it was officially announced that Prison Break would be coming back. Filming will start in Spring 2016 after Legends wraps. No official return date has been set, but look for it to debut in late 2016 or early 2017. Miller and Purcell will be starring together on two shows together on two different networks. That’s quite an accomplishment.
Life is like a hurricane here in Duckburg! Ducktales debuted in 1987 and ran for four seasons. The show follows the adventures of Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephew, Huey, Dewey, and Louie. The show will be returning in 2017 on Disney XD. Other characters such as Launchpad, Duckworth, and the legendary Donald Duck will be joining in on the hijinks. Disney hopes that a new generation will be captivated by the charm of Ducktales.
Gilmore Girls followed the story of a single mother and her daughter in Connecticut. The show was on the air for seven seasons on the WB and the CW. Back in October, Netflix announced that the series would be returning on the streaming site for four 90-minute episodes. Each episode will take place in a different season of the year. So there will be a winter episode, a spring episode, a summer episode, and a fall episode. The new series will take place eight years after the original series ended. Netflix is still negotiating with the cast and no return date has been announced.
Yes, there’s going to be another 24 revival just two short years after 24: Live Another Day ended. Legacy will abandon Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer character and focus on a brand new character, Eric Carter. No characters have been cast, but don’t expect any of the original show’s characters to be back. The show will bring back the famous premise of each episode taking place during an hour of a single day. No return date has been announced, but expect more information to be revealed soon.
“I’ll see you in 25 years,’ was uttered by Laura Palmer in the last episode of Twin Peaks, which ran in the early ’90s on ABC. Sure enough, we will be seeing Twin Peaks again. Showtime will be continuing the series in 2017 and it will feature the return of some familiar faces including main character Agent Cooper, played by Kyle MacLachlan. Original show runner, David Lynch will also be returning. Twin Peaks followed Agent Cooper as he investigated the disappearance of a teenage girl in the odd town of Twin Peaks. The show was met with critical acclaim, but ratings dropped once creative difference between Lynch and the network surfaced. The show did receive a theatrical prequel movie, but it didn’t resolve the show’s cliffhanger. The show gained a cult following over the last two decades and fans have been clamoring for a resolution. It looks like their favorite gum is going to come back in style.
So it’s easy to see that television revivals are not going to disappear any time soon. More and more keep being announced. Add movie continuations like Ash vs. Evil Dead and Limitless that have landed on the small screen and rebooted television shows with new actors into the mix as well. Established brands are a safe bet, so it make sense for networks to tap into that reserve. What are your thoughts? Are you a fan of the revivals or would you rather have more originality?