The list of potential remakes … excuse me, “reimaginings” … coming to our TV screens in the fall is truly frightening.
It seems that the television networks have decided to abandon anything close to resembling an original idea as they prepare for the next TV season. Entertainment Weekly has compiled a list of the shows under consideration for next season and it reads like someone picked up a TV Guide from the 1960’s and thought, “Hey, all of these look awesome! Lets make them!”
The list is truly bewildering, but do keep in mind the projects vary from “in development” to “pilot order”, neither of which means they will ever make it to our television screens. The only one that is guaranteed at this point is Seth McFarlane’s take on the classic The Flintstones, but that isn’t due to hit until fall 2013. Because, yes, Seth McFarlane really needs a fourth animated series on Fox.
What gets me is what else is on there. The Rifleman really needed a remake? Yes, it was hugely popular in its day, but that was a time when westerns were very en vogue, and this is no longer the 1950’s, but yet CBS has a remake in development. I guess that’s okay, though, since this is the same network looking to relaunch Bewitched, the 1960’s series about a witch that marries a mortal and all of the problems that come with that.
Of course, CBS looks smart in comparison to NBC that is obviously grabbing at straws. Besides the heavily discussed The Munsters, it appears the peacock network is also looking at a new adaptation of Valley of the Dolls, the classic 60’s novel about pill popping suburban wives. Because, as you know, NBC did so well with The Playboy Club, another period drama is the perfect fit for them. They are also looking at potential series such as Hannibal – based on the character of Hannibal Lecter – and Romancing the Stone – based on the popular 1980’s movie. Yep, that’s right, these all sound like winning ideas that someone found by watching their DVD collection one weekend.
After this season, which has failed to generate one huge hit show, this is where the networks thing they should be heading? Please alow me to bang my head on my keyboard yet again.
Thanks to Jo for the tip.