Let’s face it: There are discussions about renewals and revivals at just about every turn. These are shows that have had a rather-healthy run over the past few years in terms of headlines and we don’t expect that to change anytime soon.
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So why are we getting so many of them these days? Well, in part, it’s because networks don’t have a financial incentive to do much else — and they may not also have the two. Five years ago, it was so much easier for networks to market original ideas. Thanks to streaming services across the board, it’s harder for almost every new network show to get exposure. Because network TV is based on ad revenue, they have to produce programming that can get big ratings right away — they don’t have the luxury of giving time for shows to build. That’s probably one of the reasons why so many reboots and revivals are being ordered; they are more bankable.
While we do think that there are too many of these remakes / revivals / reboots out there (especially in development), we did want to bring something to the table today in five different revivals that are actually worthwhile and worth considering. From our vantage point, they could actually work in 2018.
Monk – While we do recognize that USA did give the long-running hit a proper series finale, and also that Tony Shalhoub is rather busy on The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, isn’t it worthwhile to at least consider a movie or miniseries down the line? There is something so fun and lighthearted about the show. It was addicting to watch and, beyond just that, it’s a show that is still syndicated and performs well all over the place.
Hannibal – This is probably the one revival that’s more challenging than the others, mostly because the story here is so serialized and it’s harder to just pick things up here after years off the air. Yet, we do think that there’s still a huge thirst for more of this show, especially since there are more books that need to be adapted.
30 Rock – Let’s face it — Saturday Night Live is just as noteworthy, if not more so, than when the Tina Fey show was first on the air. There’s so much behind-the-scenes stuff from the TV world. It’s a show that is funny, irreverent, and can easily take on timely subjects.
Rizzoli & Isles – Much like Monk, this is a super-fun story-of-the-week-based show that had a huge audience on cable during its run. Yet, we do actually think here that it ended a year or so before it really should have and there so much more left in the tank. Couldn’t we at least get a few movies to dive back into the mystery world a little bit more?
The Mole – Probably the most-underrated reality TV concept out there. It’s all about espionage, strategy, and trying to determine who among your group was secretly a traitor working against the team. We’re still at a loss as to why this show didn’t work on ABC through its various iterations, but there is something more to explore here.
One show that shouldn’t be revived
Lost – Please. Just don’t do it. We know someone will try to, but even if you hated the finale it’s hard to see why bringing it back would cause you to change your mind.
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