Madeline Gearheart | July 17, 2018
6 TV Shows That Are Making a Comeback This Year
While Will & Grace and American Idol are two of the highest-profile television series to be revived lately, there’s no shortage of fan favorites getting a second chance in 2018. If you miss any of the following canceled TV shows, get ready to celebrate their reappearance this year.
Lost in Space
This story of a group of travelers who get lost on their way to colonize a new planet debuted in 1968 on CBS and ran for three seasons. Netflix is picking it up again, though the story won’t exactly pick up where it left off. Deadline Hollywood says this “reimagination of the classic series aims to change the course of Lost in Space while keeping in the spirit of the original . . . (showing) that family dysfunction is the same no matter where you go—even in space.” The ten-episode season began April 13th.
Star Candice Bergen and creator Diane English return to CBS this fall with thirteen episodes of Murphy Brown that has been updated to reflect the age of social media and fake news. The investigative journalist and news anchor will be hosting a liberal morning news show that’s in competition with a conservative show hosted by her son.
The CW is bringing back Charmed with a younger, more racially diverse cast than the original series, which ran from 1998 to 2006 on The WB. The basics stay the same; this is the story of three sisters who lose their mother and discover they are witches in one fell swoop, which really puts a damper on their plans. The new Charmed will air on Sunday nights this fall.
This cartoon about a futuristic family only ran on ABC for one season, from 1962 to 1963. However, the episodes were a regular part of Saturday morning TV for years, additional episodes were created in the 1980s, and there were several made-for-TV Jetsons movies. ABC is reviving the series again, although this time, it’ll be a live-action series filmed in front of a studio audience. The series’ air date has yet to be released.
We can’t guarantee the cops starring in the reboot of the 1980’s crime drama Miami Vice will be wearing fashionable pastel-t-shirt-and-blazer combos, but there will probably be a fair number of car chases and other action scenes. This reboot on NBC (the same network as the original) is being executive produced by action star Vin Diesel and The Fast and the Furious writer Chris Morgan. No air date has yet been released.
Magnum, P.I. had a successful run on CBS from 1980 to 1988 and turned Tom Selleck into a star with his stint as a quirky private investigator who lives on a friend’s luxurious Oahu estate and takes cases if he finds them interesting enough. CBS is bringing the series back this fall, and though most of the characters and plot basics are the same, the original star won’t be back. And because no one can ever match Selleck’s mustache, the new Magnum, P.I., will sport a goatee instead.
Even if your favorite show isn’t currently slated for a reboot, the popularity of recycling former hits (and even some shows that weren’t as popular) means you just might see some of your most missed characters back on television someday soon.