With Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’ currently in production to continue the ‘Full House’ saga, why not do the same thing with the Winslow clan? Admit it, you want to see what a grown-up Steve Urkel is up to.
'Freaks & Geeks'
Beloved by fans, this critically acclaimed dramedy was sadly cancelled during its first season, but in the process launched the careers of such stars as Seth Rogen, Linda Cardellini, James Franco, Jason Segel and many more. The biggest hurdle with be collecting the amazingly talented cast, many of whom went on to become some of the planet’s biggest stars. All it would take, however, would be for exec producers Paul Feig and Judd Apatow to put this train on the tracks, however, and see if Rogen, Franco, Segel and the rest of the gang hop onboard to bring us a look at how these former teenagers are coping with encroaching middle age.
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Joss Whedon’s first TV series also remains a fan-favourite that fans continually want to see return. Although Whedon remains busy directing big-budget ‘Avengers’ movies, ‘Buffy’ remains close to his heart — who wouldn’t want to see grown-up Buffy reunite with Angel, Spike and the Scooby Gang?
'The Facts of Life'
There’s been intermittent buzz about a reboot of this beloved sitcom set in an all-girls boarding school, and although it’s been pooh-poohed, the idea of the former students now working as teachers while a new crop of sitcom teens attend Eastland Academy doesn’t seem as far-fetched as it used to.
If ever a show deserved to be brought back from the icy clutches of the Grim TV Reaper, it’s this brooding, profane HBO Western which didn’t really end so much as simply stopped. While gathering the cast back together would be a formidable challenge, the results would be so worth it. In fact, the return of ‘Deadwood’ may be closer to reality than we realize; as recently as summer 2015, HBO confirmed it was in “preliminary talks” with series creator David Milch to wrap things up right in an HBO ‘Deadwood’ movie — although we’ll believe that when when we see it.
Not familiar with this comedy about cater waiters from ‘Veronica Mars’ creator Rob Thomas and ‘Ant-Man star Paul Rudd? Don’t worry, it never really cracked the mainstream, despite a stellar cast including Adam Scott (who went on to ‘Parks and Rec’), Lizzy Caplan (‘Masters of Sex’), Jane Lynch (‘Glee’), Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen and Megan Mullally. Viciously funny and wickedly witty, ‘Party Down’ remains a hidden gem to be discovered, and would certainly attract way more eyeballs if it were revived, even as a made-for-TV movie. Maybe somebody needs to start a Kickstarter…
One of two series from Joss Whedon that fans are desperate to see revived, this blend of sci-fi and Western became a cult favourite that wound up spawning a feature film following the show’s cancellation. For fans, however, that wasn’t nearly enough, and while there are no solid plans for a revival, demand for one just doesn’t seem to die down.
At the time billed as the most expensive show in TV history, ‘Rome’ was cancelled after its second season when HBO bean-counters determined the show was so costly it would never earn its money back, and the plug was pulled. Given advances in CGI and various cost-saving measures, maybe there’s a financially viable way to bring back one of the best, bloodiest and most addictive series ever to get television’s short shrift.
Try to erase those bitter memories of ‘Enterprise’, the most recent (and most disappointing) TV entry in the ‘Trek’ franchise. It’s been dead for more than a decade, which makes it high time that this enduring franchise was reinvented for a new generation of TV nerds waiting to see the starship Enterprise continue its mission to seek out strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations and go where no one has gone before.