TV reboots and revivals have been everywhere in the last few years. Why make new TV shows when we can bring back old ones?! Not that we're complaining — this trend usually means that cult shows that ended too soon get to come back to life. Who doesn't want more time in our favorite TV worlds with our favorite TV characters? Television over the last few years has been oversaturated with familiar faces, retellings of stories we know and love, and returns to our old TV stomping grounds. With all of the success these TV reboots and revivals, why would networks stop now?!
We'll be honest, these TV reboots and revivals have not all seen raging success. Some have failed and proven that not every show should be revived. But, there have also been some reboots that have become almost as successful as the original show! Series like Fuller House, Will and Grace, and Queer Eye have all become beloved TV shows for an entirely new audience. TV reboots and revivals are a great way to introduce a new generation to some of the best TV shows of all time! Here are all the ones we have to look forward to!
Our fave meth makers are back! Well, sort of. We don't know too much about the revival, but we know that Breaking Bad will be returning in movie-form and it'll take place after the series finale. Aaron Paul is returning to star as Jesse Pinkman, and hopefully, he can finally get his happy ending! Showrunner Vince Gilligan is writing, directing, and executive producing the project. As far as what it will be about, the most we've gotten so far is that it will be about a kidnapped man and his quest for freedom. The movie will air on Netflix and AMC, Breaking Bad's original network. But, since details are scant, we have no idea when yet! We're just hoping that Jesse can get justice for all the crazy sh*t he was put through during the series!
This is all that, and this is one of our fave kids shows coming back! In the late '90s and early '00s, All That was basically Saturday Night Live for kids. The cast did sketches, there were musical guests, and there were frequent celeb guest stars. Both shows even share Kenan Thompson! Thompson is executive producing the revival of the series which will include a new cast for a new generation. But, there is a promise some familiar faces may crop up too! Nickelodeon hasn't announced an air date yet, but the revival is expected in late 2019.
Northern Exposure never really got its due when it was on the air in the '90s. Maybe this time around, it'll get the love it deserves! The series, about a doctor who opens a practice in a quirky Alaska town, is set to be revived at CBS. Rob Morrow will return as Dr. Joel Fleischman when the character travels back to Alaska for the funeral of a friend. There he's reunited with plenty of old faces indicating that many of the original stars of the show will be returning! The continuation of the original series is set to air later in 2019.
So many TV reboots and revivals are of sitcoms with creative premises. Bewitched is no different! While there was a movie reboot of the series, we try not to think about that too much (one word: yikes!). Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and ABC got the series and he'll be executive producing. This reboot will be a new telling of the classic story! It will focus on a magical black single mom who marries a normal, mortal white man. The series will have a more modern feel and explore how a basic white guy can be more powerful than a black woman who is a witch, still, in 2019! This will be Barris's last project for ABC before he departs the network for more work at Netflix.
Young girls need way more female-fronted series, and it looks like Nickelodeon is going to give it to them. They are preparing to reboot one of it's most famous '90s hits — Clariss Explains it All. Melissa Joan Hart is set to reprise her role as Clarissa Darling, but this time she'll be the mother of a know-it-all teen. On the original, Clarissa broke the fourth wall frequently and spoke to the audience about her pre-teen problems. The show began early development in 2018.
A sequel series of the classic police drama is set to go at ABC. The series will focus on original character Andy Sipowicz's (Dennis Franz) son Theo who is now a part of the NYPD. The reboot will be all about Theo trying to earn his detective shield and live up to his father's enormous legacy. Oh, and did we mention he'll also be investigating his father's murder?! Because, yep, Andy Sipowicz is dead on this reboot series. There's no air date yet, but we're already intrigued by the premise and can't wait for this one!
Our fave dirty puppets are coming back! Comedy Central is rebooting Crank Yankers in 2019 and bringing back the prank-calling puppets voiced by some of the funniest comedians around. Jimmy Kimmel, one of the original creators of the series, is rebooting the series under his Kimmelot production company. The show is going to be tailored to the modern age and draw in some special social media elements. No word on a release date or the comedians that will be included (yet!), but we have a wish list!
Freeform is bringing Party of Five back — with the original creators! Amy Lippman and Chris Keyser will revive their classic show for a new audience. This time around the series will have a bit of a more modern twist. Instead of the Acosta children losing their parents, the elders will be deported to Mexico, leaving their children in America to navigate life alone. So many TV reboots and revivals are taking on the issues of today and applying them to classic shows, and this is one of the most intriguing retellings yet! The hour-long drama already has a ten-episode order and a cast, proving that the reboot is moving fast! There isn't an official premiere date yet, but we're sure it will be soon!
Get ready for one of the creepiest revivals of 2019! Are You Afraid of the Dark? is coming back as a theatrical movie to coincide with Nickelodeon airing a mini-series version of the classic show in October 2019. The mini-series will follow new members of the Midnight Society as they gather around a campfire and share scary stories. So, yeah, the pre-Halloween release date is perfect for this revival! The movie release has been up in the air as of late (who knows if it's really coming out in 2019!), the mini-series is still set to go at Nickelodeon this fall.
Downton Abbey is going to get a proper ending in movie form in the fall of 2019. This reboot is going to be for the big screen, but it's still one of our fave TV shows coming back to life! Every major player on the show (who lived till the end) is coming back for the movie to reprise their roles. Filming concluded in November 2018, and the film is set to be released on September 13th, 2019, in the UK and one week later in the United States. We're so excited to see our faves again and to welcome some newcomers to the Abbey!
This reboot has a new host and a new name. The former Blue's Clues will now be Blue's Clues & You and have a new signature look. Joshua Dela Cruz will be the fresh face hanging out with puppy Blue when the puzzle-based kids show reappears on Nickelodeon in late 2019. In case you were wondering, OG host Steve Burns has given Dela Cruz the seal of approval and even had a hand in casting him! Sure, we wish Steve would come back (and we were all devastated when he went to college in the original series), but someone handpicked by him is a close second!
Of all the TV reboots and revivals happening in 2019, Daria may be the most important. Mostly because we all need a heavy dose of sarcasm during these crazy times! MTV is rebooting the classic animated series and renaming it Daria & Jodie. The new iteration of the series will focus on Daria and her friend Jodie, who can match wits with Daria but is also super popular in a way that her friend will never be. This reboot of the classic series will bring everyone's fave misanthropic teen back in a more modern, aware way. There is no release date yet, but tbh, we really can't wait to watch Daria tear down the patriarchy.
The coolest family from the future is coming back to TV screens — with a twist! The Robert Zemeckis project will be a live-action reboot of the animated story. The Jetson family will still be living 100 years in the future, but this time around, there will be more of a modern spin on things. ABC has already ordered a pilot and Gary Janetti, a TV vet, will be writing the series. The series has been in development for a while, but there is no official release date for the pilot yet. One thing is for sure, though, with heavyweights like Janetti and Zemeckis behind it there is no way this won't be one of the best reboots we've seen in a while!
Before the internet, there was only one way to learn all about your favorite celebs: E! True Hollywood Story. The episodes would range from an hour long to upwards of three hours, telling Hollywood's inside stories. The series covered celebrities, TV show casts, scandals, and everything in between during its juicy and historic run. We live in a world where people want to know, more than ever, about the stars they idolize, making it a perfect time to reboot this particular series. It seems that this time around E! is aiming to tackle people and trends that have made waves in the world. We're guessing this means plenty of influencer episodes and maybe a little something on Billy MacFarland!
Once upon a time Rachael Ray was a Food Network darling and 30 Minute Meals was her masterpiece. This is the most delicious of all the TV reboots and revivals coming in 2019! Ray announced on Instagram in early 2019 that the classic show would be returning to the Food Network — and sooner than you think! New episodes start airing on April 1st, and there is already a series order of 30 new eps. Life is busy; making healthy and delicious dinners can be almost impossible. So we need Ray's quick and easy dinner ideas STAT!
TV reboots and revivals aren't just for cult faves and shows that ended too soon. Sometimes golden age TV series are also brought back because there are more stories to tell. The Sopranos, one of the most beloved TV shows of all time, will be returning in movie form in 2019 and we could not be more excited. David Chase is back behind the scenes with The Many Saints of Newark, a prequel film set before Tony Soprano (James Gandolfini) was running New Jersey. The film is set during the Newark riots of the '60s when African Americans and Italian Americans were warring. We know one character is for sure returning — Tony himself! But, since the series is set in the past, Michael Gandolfini will be playing a younger version of the character his father made famous. It's not clear when the movie will air and if it will be a theatrical release or an HBO TV movie. We'll be waiting for all the deets.
Do we need a reboot of The Hills? Probably not. But we sure want more juicy, Hollywood drama and The Hills: New Beginnings is here to deliver. Most of the original cast is coming back (sorry, no Lauren Conrad or Kristen Cavallari though!) with the addition of Mischa Barton and Brandon Thomas Lee. Cavallari is already reporting via her friend Audriana Patridge that filming has been taxing because of how dramatic it all is! There is no set air date yet but since The Hills often aired during the summer months, we're assuming we'll see this reboot crop up around then.
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Who would have thought that hilarious Jordan Peele would someday be the king of scary stories? In addition to his theatrical horror movies, he will be executive producing and hosting this reboot of the classic bizarre-o anthology series. Aside from Peele, so many amazing actors and actresses are guest-starring on the series! Adam Scott, John Cho, Allison Tolman, Taissa Farmiga, and Seth Rogen are just a small fraction of the big names associated with the reboot. Few TV reboots and revivals have this amount of star power! The 10-episode first season will be premiering on CBS All-Access on April 1st, 2019.
Our favorite teen sleuth is back... again! Veronica Mars is no stranger to the revival treatment. There was a fan-funded movie and multiple in-canon novels that continued the story the three-season series began. Now, finally, Veronica Mars is returning to the small screen. But be warned — it's going to be a bit different than you remember. Showrunner Rob Thomas has assured fans that it'll still be the show they love, but with a darker, more neo-noir tone than the original series had. Veronica (Kristen Bell) is an adult now, and the show has grown up with her. The best part? SO many of the original stars are coming back for the Hulu revival! While we don't have an air date yet there is a bonus: all three seasons of the original series will finally be streaming on Hulu before the revival premieres!