For years, networks have been rebooting TV shows and movies. Some have had great success (see Hawaii Five-O on CBS) while others haven't fared as well (see the Knight Rider reboot on NBC). These shows capitalize on nostalgia and fond memories while trying to bring in new audiences. This is obviously the plan over at CBS. Their new TV slate features three reboots. Two are TV reboots and one is based on a movie. There are still so many properties that need a reboot. Let's take a look at CBS's lineup and then discuss more properties that need an update.
Lucas Till stars as the classic improviser in this reboot of the 1985 series MacGyver. For those unfamiliar with the character, MacGyver is famous for using common items — such as paper clips and chewing gum — to escape from perilous situations. I can't wait to see where they go with this.
Based on the 2001 movie of the same name, Training Day features a TV classic. It focuses on two cops — one is a renegade who plays by his own rules, while the other plays by the book, and both are trying to change the other for the better. Bill Paxton is the main reason I'm excited for this show; he plays the worst good guys around and we all just love it.
Star Trek was a TV hit in the '60s and the '80s. This franchise brought us Patrick Stewart — that in itself should be celebrated. (What would life be like sans Patrick Stewart? I just got chills of terror.) We don't know much about the new series, but the official Star Trek site is reporting that we'll get the first episode on CBS while following episodes will premier on CBS All Access. Side note: How do I sign up for CBS All Access immediately?
Reboots are bringing some of the best television around. Yet, there are still many properties left untouched. What properties do you want to see rebooted into a series? Here are my top 10:
This show was classic: It was cheesy, it was funny, it was colorful, Adam West was in it, there were skintight light blue suits! Batman needs a TV comeback. This show would be a perfect counter to serious super-shows like Gotham. A new comedic Batman show would be an instant hit.
2. Golden Girls
The 1980s brought us some of the best shows on television. One of the most creative and entertaining shows of the '80s, and possibly of all time, was The Golden Girls. This show didn't feature young, beautiful 20-somethings making their way in NYC. It didn't feature parents trying to raise their kids in today's hectic world. This show was about four women in their "golden years." One was divorced, another was widowed, and one was a player. The fourth was the elderly mother of one of the girls. They all lived in Florida and had more men in their little black books than Taylor Swift. This show proved that you're never too old to do anything, and we definitely need that message today.
3. Magnum P.I.
This show had cars, helicopters, mustaches, chase scenes, karate, Hawaii, and Tom Selleck! That's the dream series. A new take on Thomas Magnum, the coolest crime-solver in the history of television, is an absolute must.
4. Postcards From The Edge
This may not be the first movie that pops into your head when someone says Meryl Streep, but she was amazing in it. Meryl starred opposite Shirley MacLaine as a young starlet whose drug problem lands her at home with her famous and often drunk mother. The movie was based off of a novel by Carrie Fisher and is basically Fisher's commentary on her life. Carrie Fisher and someone like Tina Fey could turn this idea into one of the most endearing comedies in history. We all love stories of people trying to rebuild their lives after they've fallen. At the very least, check out the movie if you see it on TV Guide (that's where I discovered it). It's a lost treasure.
5. 3rd Rock From The Sun
This show was hilarious and unique. Aliens studying the people of Earth in an attempt to learn how to become normal. Doesn't that sound entertaining? It is! This show also featured SNL alums like Jane Curtain. A new show with the same premise would no doubt do extremely well.
6. Get Smart
Mel Brooks originally came up with the idea of a show that parodies spy thrillers. It was funny and stupid and one of the best shows of all time. Steve Carell rebooted the show into a movie that starred himself and Anne Hathaway and hilariously funny. Carell is currently making Angie Tribeca — a crime drama parody — and it is one of the funniest and stupidest shows I've seen. Carell could remake Get Smart as a new series and it would no doubt be hilarious and a ratings boost for any network that takes it.
7. Charlie's Angels
Charlie's Angels is all about showing people that women can do anything men can do. That is definitely a message that would resonate today. Three dangerous female cops are given desk jobs because of their gender. Then Charlie, an anonymous benefactor, pays them to solve crimes on their own. What if Shonda Rhimes were to reboot Charlie's Angels? It would no doubt be an amazing show, and it would no doubt battle sexism in our society like Scandal has. Either way, we need a woman making this show about strong, independent women.
8. The Beverly Hillbillies
This show needs to make a comeback, if not just for the theme song. This show was about a family who are presumed to be uneducated, and the people who believe that they can take advantage of them. The show taught people not to judge a book by its cover, and it was funny. The Beverly Hillbillies would be a great candidate for a reboot. It would definitely need a few updates though.
9. Everybody Loves Raymond
For years I have wanted to see a return of the Barone family. This show, better than any other show in history, captured the essence of family. It doesn't matter who you are or where you're from, this show applies to you. I want to see Ally get married and transition Ray and Deborah into the role of the in-laws across the street! I want to see Deborah realize the similarities between herself and Marie. This show would do amazingly, like the original, and be another classic!
10. Mrs. Doubtfire
Robin Williams was a comedy genius, and his character in Mrs. Doubtfire was a classic. This show would follow a man who dresses as an elderly woman in order to be near his kids. With the right talent on both sides of the camera, this would be an instant hit. I would watch a Mrs. Doubtfire show every week.
Reboots are one of the best ways for networks to grab audiences, and that's why they've been pushing so many through lately. I for one, love them. Hawaii Five-O is great and Fuller House has made its own special place next to the original series in my heart. Reboots are no doubt here to stay.
Although some of our favorite shows have sadly been cancelled, there are plenty to look forward to in 2016. Let's hope all of these shows being rebooted will follow the example of others before them and do their originals justice!