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What Is Dead May Never Die: January Reboot Roundup

“That is not canceled which can eternal remake. And with strange ratings even with death may reboot news break”- taken from The Necrebooticon

Yes, the unnatural re-animation of old properties is in full swing. The curse that has brought on new versions of King Kong,  Dirty Dancing, and Spider-Man (thrice!), continues in 2018. There’s been a veritable avalanche of reboot announcements this week, and here are four of the biggest.

Murphy Brown To Get Back Behind The Newsdesk

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It’s been announced that CBS has committed to a revival of hit 90’s sitcom Murphy Brown to be released for the 2018-2019 television season. Original star Candice Bergen will be returning to her most high profile roll, one which has won her 5 Emmy’s and 2 Golden Globes.

The series made its name as a sitcom who’s bread and butter was the news and culture in which it was produced. The show caused both acclaim and controversy with its coverage of topics like alcoholism, breast cancer, and Murphy’s status as a single mother. The latter made headlines in 1992 when Vice President Dan Quayle referenced it as a sign of moral decline. While the program hasn’t aged perfectly thanks to the topical nature of its humor, in its time it won 18 Emmys, 15 Golden Globes, and two WGA awards.

The reboot, which will also see the return of original showrunner Diane English, returns for its 30th anniversary “to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate.”

Charmed Reboot Gets Pilot Order

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The CW might get a little witchy soon as network bosses look to bring back its hit supernatural drama Charmed with a pilot-order on a reboot of the series.

A reboot for the Halliwell sisters has been in the cards for a while, with an earlier attempt to relaunch Charmed set in the 1970’s not getting into production. The new version will be “a fierce, funny, feminist reboot” centered on “three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.”

The original series ran from 1998-2006, created in response to the success of The Craft. It helped make the careers of Shannon Doherty, Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan. The new version has no casting news, but it will be produced by Jane the Virgin veterans Jessica O’Toole and Amy Rardin.

Believe It Or Not, Her Show Got Picked Up

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In September, we got confirmation that a reboot of 80’s cult hit The Greatest American Hero would be on our screens soon. And not only would it be a modern day take on the series, but it would star an Indian-American woman in the starring role. Well there’s good news for the reboot, which has been in development hell for decades. TVLine is reporting that the reboot has been picked up by ABC for a pilot order.

The show will focus on human disaster Meera, a 30-year-old woman “who loves tequila and karaoke.” Meera, as in the original, will be entrusted with a super suit by aliens…but not with the suit’s instruction manual. With writers from Fresh Off the Boat, Parks and Rec, and Don’t Trust the B In Apartment 13, the show will be in good hands as it aims for the mix of heroic comedy and drama that made the original show such a success.

XFL Will Try To Change The Gridiron…Again

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The 90’s nostalgia continues with a decidedly less successful original property set to return. It was announced on Thursday that WWE CEO Vince McMahon will be taking another crack at a sport he’s long wanted to be a part of: football.

Perhaps in response to the recent controversies in the NFL, McMahon has decided to revive what used to be the Xtreme Football League for a tentative first season in spring 2020. The original hoped to challenge the NFL using elements of the then-hot WWF Attitude-era :  sex appeal, characters, and a focus on violence. It only ran one season thanks to low ratings and that same violence leading to numerous injuries.

This second attempt is being framed by McMahon as “gimmick free.” While the original attempt was co-produced by NBC, the new XFL will be entirely funded by McMahon through his company Alpha Entertainment. Rumors abound that the new league is an attempt by McMahon to respond to his friend Donald Trump’s criticisms of the NFL, specifically mentioning a dedication to hiring “upstanding citizens” for his teams.

McMahon stressed that the new league will not be a farm league for the NFL, and that team selection will begin in 2019.

West Side Story Remake Coming From Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner

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When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way, from your first cast recording to your last hackneyed revival. Such a revival is coming to the big screen thanks to Steven Spielberg and Tony Kushner.The new adaptation of Stephen Sondheim’s hit 1957 musical has put out a casting call for its leads Maria, Tony, Bernardo, and Anita.

The original movie debuted in 1961, directed by Robert Wise and Jerome Robbins. The film followed the plot of the stage version, detailing the battles between the white Jets and Puerto Rican Sharks gangs. But midst the switchblades, hair gel, and snapping, two young people, one from each side, fall in love. Starring Natalie Wood as the Puerto Rican Maria and Richard Beymer as ex-Jet Tony, the film won the most Academy Awards of any musical, 10, including Best Picture.

The casting call reflects the multi-ethnic nature of the piece, requiring that Latinx roles must speak Spanish. Bilingual productions of West Side Story have become increasingly popular as years have gone by, with the 2009 revival featuring Spanish lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda.

The new version of West Side Story has no set production date.


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