Reviving and rebooting television shows is all the rage. Gilmore Girls, Xena: The Warrior Princess, The X-Files, Prison Break, and 24 are just a few of the shows that have been or are in the process of returning to our channels in various forms. Whether it was fan outcry that brought these shows back or simply the potential to make money that set the wheels into motion, we may never know. One thing we do know is that, as fans, we have our own list of shows we'd like to see return to the airwaves. Here are the first five in a very long line of shows we've love to see revived.
Eureka was one of those quirky shows with a town full of geniuses and a sheriff who didn't quite fit in. Nominated for a Primetime Emmy, the show debuted on the SyFy channel in October 2006 and gained a loyal following. Colin Ferguson played the US Deputy Marshall, Jack Carter, who became the reluctant sheriff of Eureka, a remote town guarded by the government. When Eureka came to an end in July 2012, Allison Blake, a Department of Defense agent, was pregnant with Jack's child, leaving the door wide open for more stories. Can you imagine raising a child in a town filled with the best scientific minds in the world?
2. Highlander: The Series
There is not now, nor has there ever been, another show quite like Highlander: The Series. Based off the 1986 movie Highlander starring Christopher Lambert, the show centered around Duncan MacLeod, a 400-year-old immortal, who had to fight for his survival in battle with other immortals. After all, there could be only one. Though the show officially ran for six seasons, most of the original characters were not present in the final season, as the series was meant to end in Season 5. That last leg did not have the same strength as other seasons. The two movies that followed didn't do justice to the series and left a big hole in the hearts of unsatisfied fans. There was some talk of rebooting the show in 2009, but it went nowhere. Even so, producers and writers obviously know Highlander has potential.
With the adorkable Zachary Levi as Chuck, this show, about a geeky guy who gets his brain filled with government secrets, gave fans much in five seasons. With Chuck becoming a government agent, getting the beautiful girl, and growing from boy to man, this show delivered so many emotions. Chuck was in the Top 10 of USA Today's Top 10 Picks of 2007. Time magazine named the show one of the top 10 TV series of the year, and it was also lauded by the Chicago Tribune. The show ended in 2012, but there is still a strong base of fans demanding a movie or more episodes. Chuck still had a lot of stories left to tell.
4. Once and Again
We only had this wonderful series for three seasons. Telling the story of a single mother who falls in love with a single father, Once & Again took a unique path with its black and white camera interviews in each episode. The characters shared their thoughts with the viewers and gave us a chance to get to know them better. With an all star cast of Sela Ward, Billy Campbell, Jeffrey Nordling, Susanna Thompson, Shane West, and Evan Rachel Wood, this show had just found its stride when it was cancelled in 2002. After all of this time, only the first two seasons are available on DVD, leaving fans more than a little frustrated. Once & Again had great potential, and had it not been jostled around the time slots, it could have grown even bigger. Family dramas are a big draw nowadays, and this could definitely work as a reboot.
Andromeda was the ultimate show for lovers of science fiction. Based upon unused material by Gene Roddenberry, Andromeda unites a con-artist, a mercenary, an alien, a ship with artificial intelligence, a captain with duty as his middle name, and an engineer who can physically plug himself into a computer. Together, they are on a mission to save what is left of their world and rebuild the Commonwealth. Winning 18 awards, Andromeda veered off course once or twice, but the premise remains strong -- it did come from Gene Roddenberry, after all. The show ended in 2005 after five seasons, but a new crew would have plenty of challenges. Plus, it's science fiction, and let's face it, we can always use more of that on television!
It makes sense that many of the rebooted and revived shows now coming to TV originally appeared a decade or so ago. There are millions of viewers that haven't seen series from years past, so producers are bringing back what was good or what wasn't given a chance. Whatever the reason for the vast array of reboots, we can always hope one of our favorites will be chosen to fill a slot.