2018 Is the Year of the Reboot

2018 Is the Year of the Reboot

Words Luke Smith

And we're all about to get square eyes

Throughout the years, beloved TV shows like Friends and the Fresh Prince of Bel Air have had a lasting impression on popular culture. Now, some of our favourite classics are being rebooted, modernised for a newer audience and in celebration, we look at seven iconic shows that just got a reboot.

Heathers

Even though the first one is not a TV show, it deserved a rightful place on this list. The 1988 comedy Heathers was given its own musical in 2010 and has now been given a TV remake to premiere on the Paramount Network in March 2018. The movie, which was written by Daniel Waters, starred Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and Shannen Doherty, who will guest star in the pilot episode.

The film has become a cult classic; in 2015, it was number 5 on Entertainment Weekly’s ‘50 Best High School Movies list. This iconic movie has been ordered for ten episodes for its first season. Talking about the show’s reboot, the producers have said that the cast is “very different but an equally vicious group.”

Queer Eye for the Straight Guy

The second program on our list is LGBTQ+ reality show the Queer Eye. It was one of the first shows on television where gay men were the starring characters. Even though the show which launched in 2003 was riddled with stereotypes, it still had the potential to bring queerness to a mainstream audience. The show, which featured people such as Carson Kressley, who is now a judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race, has now been ordered for a reboot on Netflix, premiering February 2018.

Netflix has said that the new cast, dubbed the Fab Five, will be “touching on everything from LGBTQ rights and social commentary to how to make the best farm-to-table guacamole and more”. In the trailer, they say “the original show was fighting for tolerance, our fight is for acceptance”. Precisely what we need in this political climate.

Dynasty

Another show that has been given a reboot on Netflix is 80s soap opera Dynasty. Premiering in 1981, Dynasty which was host to the likes of Joan Collins was the most popular show in the US by 1985. This wouldn’t be the first time the show was given a reboot, with a two-part mini-series called Dynasty: The Reunion in 1991.

Last year, the show was given a full reboot on The CW in October which is also available on Netflix. The show stars Elizabeth Gilles, Nathalie Kelley and James Mackay to bring the iconic soap opera to life.

Riverdale/Sabrina the Teenage Witch

Riverdale is another show that has been remade for TV by The CW which is also available on Netflix. Riverdale, which launched in 2017, is based around the Archie Comic books series which is known for the creation of characters such as Archie Andrews, Sabrina Sellman (Teenage Witch) and Josie & The Pussycats.

Just like Dynasty, this is not the first time the Archie Comics were given the spotlight on TV, in 1996, Sabrina the Teenage Witch launched which was a favourite TV show in the 90s and early 00s. Sabrina is now set to be given a revamp with talks for her character to be featured on the popular Riverdale series, let’s hope this is true!

Charmed

In the vibe of all things witchcraft, the world of TV is blessing us all with a remake of Charmed. The show which ran for eight seasons on The WB from 1998-2006 had gained notoriety as a cult classic, being deemed by The Huffington Post in 2010 as one of the best supernatural shows of all time. Post-show, the cast went on to work on other shows, Holly Marie Combs on Pretty Little Liars and Alyssa Milano on Mistresses.

The show is now set to air on The CW by Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Synder Urman. It has been described as a re-imaging of the original series with The CW president saying “At this point, it is a self-contained, self-sustained show. There is the power of three elements in there, but at this time, it is a very standalone show”.

My Super Sweet 16

Everyone will remember this MTV show for its iconic teenage tantrums and spoilt rich kids. The shows original run was from 2005-2009 gained a lot of criticism with the Daily Mail saying “In an age of celebrity, where anyone desperate and rich enough can get their 15 minutes of fame, the series is a depressing indictment of our next generation’s goals and aspirations”.

Although that didn’t stop anyone from watching the show, with everyone anticipating its comeback last year, it features more than just 16th birthdays; the show now features Bar Mitzvahs and Debutante balls.

Will and Grace

The last one on this list is a show that everyone will remember: Will and Grace. Broadcast on NBC from 1998-2006 — and despite its criticism towards the start of the shows run — it quickly became a favourite in everyone’s homes, winning 16 Emmy awards and being nominated for a further 83.

The show is credited for the role it has played in advancing LGBTQ+ issues with Joe Biden, former U.S Vice President saying the show “probably did more to educate the American public than almost anything anybody has ever done so far”. Now, Will and Grace have been given an anticipated reboot on NBC with the first episode premiering in September 2017. Just like in the early 00s, the show aims to educate people on LGBTQ+ issues in a time where it is needed the most.