Who would have thought that Hawaii Five-O would rise from the ashes to become a hit for CBS? Why didn’t we see the inevitable remake of 90210 coming? Can you believe that Fear Factor is back?
A timeless TV show is like a cockroach, no matter how hard you try to kill it, they just keep coming back. When done properly, a TV remake can build upon the foundation of the original while branching out into new territory. Since so many classic TV shows have been given the remake treatment, what’s the harm in a few more joining their ranks?
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
This is the only way we can end the vampire craze—we have to make them the bad guys again. Buffy fans still clamor for more adventures with the Scooby Gang, but maybe it’s time to pass on the mantle to some fresh faces. Buffy works best when she’s a high school student, with the monsters she fights representing the horrors of adolescence.
This cornball comedy would seem out of place in today’s market, but a few twists could make it funny again. Instead of a three-camera sitcom with a laugh track make it a mockumentary about a camera crew filming the maiden voyage of the SS Minnow. The show could be about the awkwardness of having to share an island with a colorful bunch of weirdoes.
Sabrina the Teenage Witch
A Sabrina remake could cash in on a built-in audience of Harry Potter fanatics who desperately need more magic in their lives. Give Sabrina a magic school to attend or make her more of an action witch, who has to stop the forces of evil.
This MTV reality series was like The Real World in a Winnebago, with a splash of The Amazing Race. In the age of “voluntourism, “it’d be great to see a Road Rules remake that promoted sustainable tourism by having the challenges focusing on helping people instead of bungee jumping and skydiving.
Freaks and Geeks
The original series introduced Hollywood to its newest generation of A-Listers including Seth Rogan, Jason Segal and James Franco. Creator Judd Apatow has frankly paid his dues, it’s time to let him have full creative control and bring his original vision back to life—and introduce us to the next batch of up-and-comers.
The Addams Family
If The Munsters can come back to TV, why can’t the Addams clan make a comeback too? We want to see a dark comedy update that’s more in line with the 90’s movies than the original TV show. Ghastly little girls saying morbid things in a monotone voice is always hilarious.
Beavis and Butthead recently returned to MTV, so there may be hope for a Daria remake as well. Daria provided a mouthpiece for intelligent outcasts everywhere—we want to hear what that mouth has to say about modern topics like Occupy Wall Street, Jersey Shore, Facebook and video blogging.
You have mercenaries who are on the lamb for a crime they didn’t commit, helping out the people fortunate enough to find them—but it’s unrealistic for people to find them every episode. Instead make each season about one big job and convert to a long-form storytelling style.