You can’t turn on the TV these days without finding a reboot of a classic series. The new Hawaii Five-O is now in its seventh season on CBS, and this year the network brought back the 1980s show MacGyver. Star Trek: Discovery will debut on CBS All Access beginning in 2017. Fox aired a new The X-Files earlier this year, and will roll out 24: Legacy in 2017. And more reboots are on the way. Hollywood has long known the joy of recycling popular movie concepts, so perhaps this reboot revolution was inevitable. In a cluttered TV landscape with hundreds of shows, starting with an established title and concept can be the difference between success and failure. Here’s a look at a few highly anticipated upcoming reboots or sequels.
5. Magnum, P.I.
Tom Selleck had a great run as private investigator Thomas Magnum during this show’s run from 1980 to 1988. ABC is working with Leverage creator John Rogers and producer Eva Longoria on a sequel that will focus on Magnum’s daughter, who returns to Hawaii to take over her father’s PI business. No airdate has been announced.
4. Knight Rider
Anyone who watched the original series in the 1980s probably remembers scoffing at the ridiculous notion of a self-driving, intelligent car. Today, with self-driving vehicles ready to take over the highways, that show’s KITT seems like a prescient look at the future. Now, Justin Lin — the director of Star Trek Beyond and the films in the Fast and Furious franchise — is working to develop a new Knight Rider. The series will air on digital platforms. Hopefully, it will fare better than the 2008 reboot on NBC, which didn’t last a full season.
3. L.A. Law
L.A. Law ruled the ratings and racked up numerous awards during its original run from 1986-1994 on NBC. Creator Steven Bochco is confident the series can find new life almost a quarter-century later. The Hollywood Reporter noted in August 2016 he is working on a reboot involving original producers 20th Century Fox Television. He also wants many of the original stars involved in the project.
2. Mystery Science Theater 3000
This cult classic is returning with a new cast, but a familiar face will be at the helm. MST3K’s creator, Joel Hodgson, raised more than $6 million via Kickstarter for a reboot of the show, which last aired in 1999. Fourteen new episodes will air on Netflix. Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt have been cast as the two new mad scientists, with comedian Jonah Ray reprising Hodgson’s original role as captive/film host. Several celebrities, including Jerry Seinfeld, have apparently expressed interest in doing cameos.
1. Twin Peaks
One of the most original shows in TV history when it aired in the early 1990s, Twin Peaks surprisingly lasted only two seasons. Twin Peaks creators David Lynch and Mark Frost are bringing the series back, with Showtime debuting it in mid-2017. Many of the original characters have signed on, including Kyle MacLachlan, Dana Ashbrook, Richard Beymer, Sherilyn Fenn and Warren Frost. It will be set in the same town, with the same storylines. If you’re still puzzled by the original series’ mysteries, check out Frost’s new book, The Secret History of Twin Peaks.
One More: The Six Million Dollar Man
Mark Wahlberg will portray astronaut Steve Austin in the upcoming film The Six Billion Dollar Man — yes, inflation hit this show really hard. That’s set for release in December 2017. One would hope the original bionic man, Lee Majors, from the hit 1970s series has a cameo in the film. If the film is a success — and it should be — don’t be surprised if this morphs into a reboot of the TV series.