Prime time viewers are having what has to be a serious case of deja vu. In the last year or so, we’ve seen several attempts to revisit or revive older shows.
Who knew “Knight Rider” could come back and be a contender on NBC? Who knew that the CW, of all places, would revive 90210 (and now Melrose Place)? It boggles the mind.
Putting a modern spin on the classics is not a new idea – it’s been going on in popular music and film for years – but it’s really gaining traction on TV.
It’s an idea that could also work for daytime. Roger Newcomb at We Love Soaps had a suggestion a few weeks ago to revive Another World – which would be a great idea.
For me, the show that virtually SCREAMED “bring me back” for the last few years was Edge of Night. Think about it: mysteries are some of the highest-rated shows on the air. That formula still works and still brings in the ratings on shows like CSI, Cold Case and the various Law & Order shows. Tweak the old murder-mystery framework of EON and update it to include forensics.
And of course, keep (with an update) the fantastic theme song:
(Yes, again with the theme songs. It’s a sickness of mine….)
It might actually be compelling and entertaining to watch a murder mystery unfold – one where the person’s death might have a bit of an impact and drive months of story. As opposed to the current model, which is more “Hey! Let’s kill off a 30-year veteran. Because it’s a Friday.”
What other shows do you think could be revived? Why? Where could they be broadcast? I’m interested in hearing your ideas.