In the world of film, reboots and remakes are a dime a dozen but when it comes to television it’s a rarity. This is because audiences get more attached to characters they see on a weekly (sometimes daily) bases for several years. They automatically have an idea of what the show is in their heads, and it’s a hard thing to shake. But with the success of CBS’ revamp of “Hawaii Five-O” networks are developing reboots of some of their biggest properties from the seventies and eighties hoping for the same result.
Do we really need all these reboots? Here are five shows that are returning to the small screen and there’s absolutely nothing we can do to stop them…
Charlie’s Angels: (1976 – 1981)
- The Original: “Charlie’s Angels” was an action series that followed a trio of abnormally beautiful women who worked as private investigators. The show launched the careers of Jaclyn Smith, Kate Jackson, Cheryl Ladd, and most notably Farrah Fawcett.
- The Reboot: ABC is currently fast tracking a new “Charlie’s Angels” starring Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor. The premise will be the same, but each woman’s background will be slightly different. One’s a martial arts expert, one’s a weapon’s expert, and the other’s a con artist.
- The Dilemma: “Charlie’s Angels” was previously adapted as two films in 2000 and 2003. With this latest incarnation, the Angels will be back on the small screen, and on their original TV network. This time not only will they have to separate themselves from the cast of the first show, but the cast of the films as well. In other words, I smell an identity crisis.
The New Adventures of Wonder Woman: (1975 – 1979)
- The Original: “The New Adventures of Wonder Woman” was a live action TV adaptation of the DC comic of the same name. The series starred Lynda Carter as the title character, an Amazonian princess living a double life. Half of her was Diana Prince, a working woman, and the other was a superhero complete with an invisible jet, a golden lasso, and bullet deflecting bracelets.
- The Reboot: David E. Kelley is producing the pilot, which will feature Adrianne Palicki as Wonder Woman. No plot details have been revealed as of yet so we don’t know how the comic mythology will fit in with Kelley’s vision.
- The Dilemma: Kelley is known for writing independent female characters, who always have issues balancing work and their personal life (“Alley McBeal”). Diana Prince isn’t that type of character. She was created to be a feminist entity that represented equality in all aspects of life. The original series touched on that but for the most part it was campy fun, and we accepted it for what it was. I’m not sure if Kelley can deliver that type of strength or if audiences are open to seeing a powerful woman who doesn’t have to resort to sex to get ahead.
The Incredible Hulk: (1978 – 1982)
- The Original: “The Incredible Hulk” was a TV series based on the Marvel Comic of the same name that centered on Bruce Banner (played by