11.12.2013

TV News: Reboots and Spin-offs



Full House I'm starting this off with a hoax because, frankly, I'm kinda bummed about it. The rumor of a Full House reunion/spin-off show started on April Fool's Day, but for some reason it got picked up by a few websites recently and reported as truth. My sister told me about the new show last week, but I read on Sunday that it was a joke. The (fake) reunion series was going to focus on DJ and Stephanie's families and the other Full House cast members would make guest appearances throughout the season. I wasn't ever a huge fan of the show. I watched it, but don't think I took it very seriously. I was willing to tune into this one though, just to see.

Girl Meets World This spin-off is real and it's airing in 2014 on the Disney Channel. The show revolves around Riley, the seventh grade daughter of Cory and Topanga, and her best friend Maya. Cory is now a middle school teacher while Topanga is the owner of a restaurant that specializes in pudding. Say what?! I was never into Boy Meets World. I watched it now and then, but I was too old for it. I was super busy at 14 years old watching Beverly Hills, 90210 and The Real World. I did have a crush on Rider Strong and Will Friedle though.

The Hand That Rocks The Cradle This TV series, based on the 1992 movie of the same name, will air on ABC Family. That seems like a really strange fit, but I guess with the success of Pretty Little Liars, Ravenswood, and Twisted, they are comfortable going dark. It will be written and produced by Supernatural's Daniel Loflin. I watched this movie multiple times as I was a kid. It's creepy. I'd tune in for a few episodes to see where it goes. 

Fame There have already been two movies, two TV shows, a musical, and a reality show based on the 1980 movie, but they're going to try it again. Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance) will produce the new scripted series about the students of New York High School of Performing Arts. Yeah, as much as people freak out about dancing shows, I don't think this series is going to do well. It sounds like a teenage version of Smash.

Charmed The news that CBS is re-imagining this show about witches was leaked a few weeks ago. Rose McGowan already said that she'd have nothing to do with the reboot and Alyssa Milano said the show is being brought back too soon. I think she's right. It ended just seven years ago. I never watched it and wouldn't watch the new one, but I know it was successful and had a huge fan base, so it might do well. 

Roots The History Channel recently bought the rights for the project from the son of the producer of the 1977 ABC mini-series. Did you get that? That was a terrible sentence. I'm ashamed to admit that I haven't seen the original, so I'm definitely interested in this remake. Or I should just go watch the original, right?

Murder, She Wrote Octavia Spencer will try to fill Angela Lansbury's detective shoes as a hospital worker who self-publishes a mystery novel. Because of her fascination with true crime, she finds herself an active participant in the investigations. It's being described as a light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo. I have not seen one episode of the original show and this doesn't interest me in the least, but it was a long-running series on CBS, so it must have done something right.

12 Monkeys Syfy might be bringing us a new show based on the Bruce Willis/Brad Pitt movie. Jeffrey Reiner is set to direct and produce a 90-minute pilot that would turn into a series if it's successful. So far, the cast includes Aaron Stanford as James Cole and Amanda Schull as Cassandra Railly (Katharine in the film). I've seen and liked the movie, but this isn't my thing. 

Glee It hasn't been confirmed yet, but Ryan Murphy is developing a spin-off series for Lea Michele's character Rachel Berry. Since Glee will be ending after it's sixth season, it's likely that some of the core characters will make it onto the new show. I'm coming around to Lea Michele, but I cannot stand Rachel. When I do watch Glee, I have to fast forward her scenes. 

Fargo The Coen brothers will executive produce a limited series set to debut this spring on FX. It's written by Noah Hawley (Bones) and very loosely based on the 1996 film of the same name. The cast includes Kate Walsh, Oliver Platt, Billy Bob Thornton, Martin Freeman, Colin Hanks, Bob Odernkirk, Glenn Howerton, and Adam Goldberg, among others. I will definitely watch this.

How I Met Your Father This show hasn't been officially announced, but The Hollywood Reporter says it close to happening. The spin-off would follow a new group of friends and center around one of the women and her journey to find herself a man. It wouldn't feature any cast members from HIMYM, but it would have the same production team and MacLaren's Pub may be the hangout. HIMYM is so boring, but I might check this new show out, depending on the cast.

American Psycho FX is developing a follow up series that takes place decades after the 2000 Christian Bale movie. The show will feature Patrick Bateman in his 50s, but still as lethal as ever, and will explore his relationship with his protégé, a next generation American Psycho. Since Dexter has ended and left a serial killer void in our lives, this show might do really well.

Reality Bites Ben Stiller, who co-starred and directed the movie, is the executive producer behind this NBC comedy. The show will follow recent college graduate Lelaina Pierce (Winona Ryder's character) as she struggles professionally and romantically in the early 90s. Um...yes! I loved the movie, I love that it'll still be set in the 90s, and I love that the same producers, directors and writers are on board for the TV series. I'm into it.

So...which one of these fresh new shows do you think you'll watch?

6 comments:

Kristine said...

First of all, I can't believe you weren't into Full House or Boy Meets World!! I wish they'd do a reunion of Full House... But Boy Meets Girl... or whatever they're calling it? I'm pumped. Except for the fact that Topanga is only in the pilot episode then we won't see her ;(

Misty said...

I think Blogger ate my first comment. Boo!

I loved Full House and never watched but a handful of Boy Meets World episodes. Most of these sound like they'll bomb. I might give American Psycho a try. Too bad Bale can't play Bateman!

Karen M. Peterson said...

I will totally watch Fargo because I love so many of the people in the cast.

The rest? Meh. I don't know.

SMD @ lifeaccordingtosteph said...

I will check out Fargo, American Psycho, Girl Meets World, and Reality Bites.

My Gamma will be so jazzed about Murder, She Wrote. hahaha

Jo-Anne Meadows said...

I would had checked out a Full House show not that I was the interested in the first one but still would had given it a look. The other shows hold no interest for me

Mrs. Jones said...

My husband and I are so excited for Girl Meets World!