Because we apparently do not have enough of these already, there are some talks happening now about rebooting The Facts of Life.
According to a new report coming in via Deadline, Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way and Jessica Biel’s Iron Ocean Films are in line to help produce a possible new version of the classic sitcom. In a sea of remakes and reboots that are out there, we’ll admit that this one actually makes some sense given the desire for women-led programming in 2018 and some of the available talent that is out there. It could also be done in a way that is timely while also keeping some of the original humor intact.
Now, with this being said, couldn’t someone come up with an original concept that is reasonably similar to The Facts of Life and have it be a totally new show? Absolutely, and we do think that this is where much of the frustration is at the moment with some of these reboots. Yet, one of the reasons why this is happening is because most major networks are so over-saturated right now that it is incredibly hard to launch a new series and have it succeed. While we do get a This Is Us every now and then, many original ideas fail every year while established properties keep going. Even last year’s big “original” hit in The Good Doctor is an adaptation of a Korean series. 911 is probably the biggest new original hit on network TV over the past year.
Ultimately, networks are not in a place at the moment where they can really take a gamble, and they are banking on ideas like this that can lure established viewers and also some of their kids, who may be fascinated enough to watch with them.
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