Reboots Reign for 2018-2019 U.S. Television Pilot Season.

Author:Rosner, Leah Hochbaum
Position:Road to the L.A. Screenings
 
FREE EXCERPT

This year, it seems like everything old is new again ... again. Following a U.S. TV season that saw huge numbers for reboots like NBC's Will & Grace and prequels like CBS's Young Sheldon (a forerunner to its long-running hit The Big Bang Theory), it's no surprise that network execs are once again turning to the past to fill future time slots. Of the 74 pilots (45 dramas and 29 comedies) already ordered by the big five networks for the 2018 to 2019 season--22 from ABC, 18 from CBS, 9 from the CW, 11 from Fox, and 14 from NBC--a rather large percentage are revivals of hits from long ago.

NBC has a spin-off of the successful Bad Boys movie franchise starring Being Mary Jane's Gabrielle Union in the works. Sony Pictures Television Studios is producing the series, along with Jerry Bruckheimer Television, Primary Wave Entertainment, and 2.0 Entertainment. The still untitled series focuses on former DEA agent Syd Burnett--who was last seen in 2003's Bad Boys II taking down a drug cartel in Miami --as she begins a new job as a detective in Los Angeles and is partnered with a working mom who envies Syd's single-gal freedom.

ABC has two remakes on tap. First up is a female-led reboot of Stephen J. Cannell's 1981 cult comedy hit The Greatest American Hero that will star New Girl's Hannah Simone as 30-yearold tequila-drinking, karaoke-loving Meera, an aimless Indian-American woman whose life is forever changed when she is given a super suit and told to protect the planet. Twentieth Century Fox TV will co-produce the series with ABC Studios.

The Alphabet Net also has Get Christie Love, which is based on a 1974 Blaxploitation-themed TV movie and the TV series it briefly spawned. Starring Kylie Bunbury (late of the underrated and too-soon cancelled Fox baseball show Pitch), the drama--a co-production between Lionsgate Television and Universal Television--will focus on an African-American female CIA agent who heads up an elite ops unit.

The CW has updated versions of beloved favorites Charmed and Roswell. The original Charmed--which told the story of the Halliwell sisters, good witches who used their magic to fight evil--ran from 1998 to 2006 on The WB (now known as The CW), and starred Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, Shannen Doherty, and Rose McGowan. The new CBS Television Studios iteration of the series--which has been met with considerable ire from Combs, who recently tweeted that "the show belongs to the four of us," presumably referring to herself...

To continue reading

FREE SIGN UP