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Old Shows Make a New Comeback this Fall in Prime

Comments  /  Julie Block Padden

What was once considered “old” is new again on TV this Fall! Viewers will see reboots, remakes and spinoffs of old familiar shows coming back to the small screen. The concept isn’t new, but it’s growing in popularity. One Day at a Time and Fuller House are already on Netflix; 24 Legacy ran on Fox earlier this year, and the Twin Peaks reboot premiered on Showtime this summer.

Here are a few coming we are looking forward to:

Will and Grace will be back on NBC starting Sept. 28th for a limited series run, with its original cast and director intact. How did they deal with the season finale? They ignored it and created a new story line!

The Conner family is back together in Roseanne, the hit ABC comedy from the 90’s. This show will also be back for a limited run most likely in 2018 on ABC with most original cast members, including Roseanne and John Goodman. (Yes, they’re going to bring him back from the dead…)

Dynasty, the primetime soap from the 80’s, will premiere on the CW on October 11th and is expected to be younger and sexier than the original, with the influence of Gossip Girl writers and creators. Like the original, the reboot will follow the wealthy and feuding Carrington and Colby families with daughter Fallon Carrington taking center stage.

ABC will revive American Idol, devoting several hours a week to the show in the 2017-2018 season. While the judges will be new, Ryan Seacrest will return as host. Aside from Katy Perry, other big names are being floated as potentials to judge, such as Lionel Ritchie, Luke Bryan and Charlie Puth.

In addition, there are a slew of other shows returning to primetime TV: Star Trek Discovery is coming to CBS All Access; Xena: Warrior Princess is in development, TV Land greenlit a TV series reboot of the film Heathers for the Fall; Tales from the Crypt is coming to TNT this time; and even DuckTales is rebooted for Disney XD. (The original ran for 100 episodes back in the late 80’s; don’t be embarrassed if you start humming the theme song!)

So, which reboot do you think will make a successful second run?