So, a year or so ago you heard that one of your favorite old TV shows was getting a reboot. Maybe you were ridiculously excited, maybe you were apprehensive, but curious, maybe you were horrified but knew you’d watch anyway. Whatever it was, you were ready for it to grace your TV screen so you could either stan the hell out of it or hate watch it every week.
Well, sorry, there might be a chance that that reboot you were so hype about isn’t even going to happen. Let me explain.
With shows like Twin Peaks getting the reboot treatment, as well as others ’80s and ’90s classics like The Addams Family, Charmed, and Heathers rumored to be rebooted in the near future, it’s easy to say that reboots are huge right now. This is less about a lack of original ideas and more about these entertainment powerhouses not bothering to take risks with anything new and relying on old material… which is a whole other rant for another day. The point is this: reboot rumors are a real problem.
Even when they do happen, it’s always a messy ride. For example, there were rumors about an American Idol reboot, then a couple of months ago there were all these articles out there about how it wasn’t going to happen. Now…it’s definitely happening! WTF? Meanwhile, there are loads of shows you probably heard were going to be rebooted but now…definitely aren’t happening at all, or at least not anytime soon. Want to make sure that reboot you were waiting for isn’t one of them? Check out these eight TV reboots that aren’t actually going to happen. I mean, hey, maybe in a year one of these shows will end up on the air, but for now? They’re DOA.
The Fresh Prince Of Bel-AirA year ago, I heard that The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air was getting a reboot, and I was less than enthused. This show is a classic and so of its time that a reboot might feel a little too try-hard. But, hey, Will Smith was allegedly already at work casting the new star, so I thought I would just have to wait and see what I thought. Well, I might have to wait a while longer, because it looks like that Fresh Prince reboot isn't happening anymore. In fact, the whole reboot news might have been a lie from the jump. During a promotional tour for Suicide Squad, Will Smith told E! that a reboot of the television series that brought him stardom would happen when "hell freezes over." This is why you can't trust rumors, guys.
Cruel IntentionsWow, it really looked like Cruel Intentions would make it as a reboot. A ~sexy~ thriller with ~sexy~ rich teens and ~sexy~ shenanigans? I mean, what could go wrong? Networks usually eat that stuff up! Well it looks like the proposed pilot was DOA and won't continue in its current form. Someone will have to majorly rework it before it gets the green light, but who knows if or when that'll happen.
The NannyThe Nanny is a '90s gem that lives on in our hearts...and in seemingly perpetual syndication, but who's complaining? It's continued popularity is probably why it was rumored to go up on the reboot chopping block recently. While there's nothing definitively determining that it will happen, its former star, Charles Shaugnessy (who played Maxwell), is skeptical that it'll have a revival. Well, it's safe to say that if it does come back, he might not be part of it. Whatever, who needs a reboot when you can just turn into a heart eyes emoji over the cast's reunion pics?
Buffy: The Vampire SlayerIs Buffy getting a reboot? Well, not at the moment, and it likely won't star any of its main characters from its iconic cast. Sarah Michelle Gellar has responded to rumors about a Buffy reboot repeatedly, essentially saying that she doesn't want to be responsible for upsetting fans if it doesn't turns out to, well, suck. For now, just be happy with some cast reunions.
Xena: Warrior PrincessYour grandma's favorite TV show to watch after her stories with a bucketload of lesbian subtext is still, technically, getting a reboot. But the reality of it actually happening is getting dimmer by the day. Its executive producer announced he was leaving the project in a doleful tweet, and it only takes a few key elements of a production like this before it all comes crashing down. But who knows, maybe we'll be surprised by a Xena revival in a year or so. Until then...I wouldn't hold my breath just yet.
The OfficeYeah, people are already spreading rumors that The Office is making a comeback in reboot form. In fact, you might have been someone who believed it. Well, sorry, it's probably not going to happen, at least not the way you imagined. Besides, the show only ended in 2013, barely four years ago. I understand the reboot phenomenon is intense, but...can we chill for a second?
Murder She WroteMurder She Wrote was a TV show about a true crime author (Angela Lansbury) who solved murders in her quaint lil' town. Cute, right? Right. Well, it was going to get a reboot starring Oscar winner Octavia Spencer. Sounds dope, right? Well...it looks like that plan is long dead now. NBC pulled the plug on the project. Angela was, apparently, thrilled. Hmmph, okay, Angie.
Tales From The CryptThis '90s HBO cult classic looked like it would be slated for a sleek, contemporary, and terrifying revamp. Channel TNT made the announcement last year, even going so far as to tap M. Night Shyamalan as the executive producer. But, it turns out that that's probably not going to happen. There was a legal clusterf**k when it came to obtaining rights to the show's reboot, and at some point it just wasn't worth it anymore. Sad news if you're into horror, not so sad if even one look at the host, Crypt Keeper, makes you want to puke.
Which old TV show do you think deserves a reboot? Tell us in the comments!