News broke earlier this week that Xbox, via MSN, was looking
to bring back ‘Heroes.’
Remember ‘Heroes’? It was that NBC show that came out of the
gate like gangbusters in 2006 – focusing on discovering humans with special
powers – and then completely fell apart after the first season and was
cancelled 77 episodes in.
The show featured performers like Hayden Panettiere, Ali
Larter, Milo Ventimiglia and Masi Oka and was a bonafide hit for NBC, until the
writing went down the drain in season two.
Still, it got me thinking about television shows that were
cancelled prematurely – especially since Netflix stepped in and produced new
episodes of ‘Arrested Development’ recently, as well. It seems to be a
This is on top of the ‘Dallas’ reboot on TNT that melded
older cast members with newer characters.
So, when it comes to resurrecting shows, I think we have to
be realistic. In other words, you can’t bring back a show like M.A.S.H. and set
it during the Korean War even though all the actors are pretty much senior
It’s just not feasible.
So, what would I resurrect?
Roseanne: First off, I would pretend the final season never
happened. It was terrible. Pick up with
the Conners in present times – another economic
down time, in fact – and check in on the family and how they’re surviving.
Becky, for example, could be a single mother – since the actor who played her
husband Mark died in real life. Jackie could still be up to her relative
craziness – and Dan and Roseanne could still be battling for supremecy.
That 70s Show: Let’s see how the gang is doing in the 1980s.
This is another show, though, that I would like to see pretend its final season
didn’t happen. Jackie and Fez made me want to throw up.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Checking in on the Scooby Gang
might be a mixed bag – especially since some of the stars haven’t exactly aged
well. I do admit, believing David Boreanaz and James Marsters are still
immortal teenage vampires is a bit of a
stretch – but the emotion of watching thirty-somethings fighting vampires could
be a lot of fun.
Gilmore Girls: Luke and Lorelai should be married with their
own kids – and Rory can return to a nearby town to plant her roots.
Firefly: The space western never got mainstream love – but it
did develop a cult following.
Veronica Mars: Fans are still so enamored with the show they
dedicated enough money to produce their own big screen version of the cult favorite.
That’s love, folks.
Deadwood: I just hope Timothy Olyphant can do double duty –
because I’m not willing to lose
Leverage: I’m still ticked off that TNT treated this show so
Family Ties: Who doesn’t want to see who Alex ended up with?
How many kids to Nick and Mallory have?
Miami Vice: How have their fashion and hair held up?
The Cosby Show: How are Cliff and Clair dealing with their
MacGyver: The nation’s
greatest gun control advocate in today’s times? Could be hilarious.
My Two Dads: I just want to see a DNA test.
Cheers: Everyone still knows their names – so reuniting the
cast could be a lot of fun.
Friends: Everyone is
still obsessed with the cast. Why not have them all move to the same
Alias: I’m guessing that they can figure out a way to
resurrect Jack Bristow. After all, pretty much every single other character was
killed off and brought back. I’m betting Will would get a lot more play than he
did during the initial run of the show.
What do you think? What show would you resurrect or reboot?