Every week we’re hearing about networks digging up old shows to give them a new chance at life.
Fans of The X-Files and 24 were lucky enough to receive an additional season of their respective shows in the past year, and just yesterday we learned Netflix is preparing a Full House revival.
Between the aforementioned shows as well as other revival projects in development like Showtime’s Twin Peaks and NBC’s Coach, now seems like the perfect time to dream about our old favorites making a comeback.
We asked Hypable’s writers to select a show they want to make a comeback, and why.
Smoke monsters. Polar bears. Secret pregnancy tests, submarines, a giant cork holding back original evil. All of this and more were either only half-explained or ignored come the end of the Lost series finale.
Lost ended with more questions than any series finale should’ve. What was up with Walt’s powers? What was the Island like after the series ended? And what the heck is up with the frozen donkey wheel?
The thing is, a lot of these questions were teased in a mini-epilogue, giving us just a taste of what those arcs would’ve felt like. Seeing arcs like Ben and Hurley hanging out on the daily, leading up to Walt taking over the position as the Island’s Protector feels absolutely essential as a major fan.
Also, we still need a lot of the sci-fi elements explained more in-depth, such as the Adam and Eve, the time travel sequences, the moving of the Island, and what the tallies with everyone’s names meant.
It also wouldn’t hurt to see more of the off-Island interactions of the survivors, pre-Purgatory. There’s still a lot of potential, whether in alternative timelines or “offical” ones, to see some of the show’s more intense ships at play.
One thing’s for sure: If Lost did come back, ABC would have quite the task gathering the sizeable ensemble cast once again. However, with the right stories and concepts, we could really see a Lost reunion being awesome.
Not even seven Emmy wins and 17 nominations could save Pushing Daisies. Unlike the weird and wacky circumstances of death depicted on the show each week, Pushing Daisies was the victim of the most banal of culprits: poor timing. The 2007-2008 Writer’s Guild Strike cut the first season from a planned 22 episodes to only 9; although the show continued for a second season, the condensed story didn’t pull in the ratings ABC was hoping for, and it was cancelled. Three episodes remained unaired, and fans of the show were never given any real closure for the beloved characters who populated this technicolor world.
Perhaps because of this, showrunner Bryan Fuller has always been open to returning to the story of the pie maker and the girl whom he loved but could never touch. Since the show’s unfortunate end, he has invariably attempted to release a comic book continuation (postponed when the publishing imprint was shut down), considered a film funded through Kickstarter (since deemed impractical because unlike Veronica Mars the budget required was too big), and a Broadway musical (still in talks). Just like poor Ned, Pushing Daisies seems forever cursed by timing. But the current climate of reboots and sequels could (finally) prove the perfect opportunity for this show, especially given Fuller’s preference toward a final six episode mini-series to wrap up the show. If there was ever a time for Pushing Daisies, this is it.
Everyone’s clamoring for the return of big hits. Iconic classics. Stories we love. But those have already been told, and in my opinion, they should be left alone.
I think it makes much more sense to have another go at good shows with solid concepts, whose small-screen executions didn’t gather as much traction as they should have. Dark Angel is a perfect example of one such show.
Running from 2000-2002, Dark Angel starred Jessica Alba, Michael Weatherly, and Jensen Ackles. It was created by James Cameron (yes, that James Cameron) and Charles H. Eglee, and told the story of a genetically enhanced super-soldier named Max, who had escaped from the military when she was a child. As a young adult, Max was now living in a post-apocalyptic Seattle where resources were scarce, it was survival of the fittest, and the authorities absolutely could not discover who she really was.
She worked as a bike messenger, and had a cute group of strangely-clad, smack-talking friends. She slowly began to discover that not only was she far from the only member of her group who had escaped, but that there was a far bigger conspiracy going on, involving several clones of herself (both contemporary and younger), older generations of “failed” animal-human hybrids, and something about a prophecy (unfortunately the show was cancelled before they could explore that reveal).
Think Buffy meets Alias, with a hint of Orphan Black. Dark Angel was very flawed, but it was also a brilliant idea, and had it been made in a different time (perhaps with a few casting changes and a team who took themselves more seriously), I think it would have been a hit. In fact, it’d slot perfectly into The CW’s current schedule, which is all about superhuman, quirky, emotional dramas. So forget the big hits. Bring back the good ideas that failed, and have another go at making something amazing.
‘Brothers and Sisters’
Five days after Brothers and Sisters’ season 5 finale aired it was announced that the series would not return for a sixth. Without any word from the network all season, renewal was not looking bright for the series that just surpassed the 100th episode mile marker that year.
The cancellation hit fans of the Walker family hard. New babies were just introduced, Saul’s life was finally getting the jumpstart he wanted, Nora was back to her old interfering self, Sarah found out who her real father was and married Luc, and Kitty, bless her, was pregnant with her graduate student’s kid!
The season had a weak opening, picking up a year after the tragic car crash that ended season 4. It was a way to send off actors, including veterans of the show, Emily VanCamp and Rob Lowe. A lot needed to be done to get back into the swing of things and catch the audience up on a year’s worth of events. The family was estranged and broken. But Brothers and Sisters did the work and executed it well to get the family back to its twisted roots that are constantly fighting over who gets the most water. The show’s leaves were gaining color.
Brothers and Sisters was ready to close the chapter on Ojah foods and William Walker’s family secrets, but there was certainly more to be told for the five (well four and half) Walker siblings.
Okay, there might be a reboot in development at CBS right now, but that doesn’t mean we can’t repeat that we want the show to return!
A few requests: First and foremost, we need to make sure the original four sisters are kept out of it. Don’t bring back Prue, Piper, Phoebe or Paige because we love them the way they are and don’t want to ruin the already amazing story they told. Instead we need to see new witches taking the reins of the Charmed ones. These can be the Halliwell children, but ultimately we’re thinking we keep this reboot as far away from the original Halliwell family as possible.
What we loved about Charmed was the Halliwell family, but we also loved the world in general. We loved whitelighters and darklighters and demons and ghosts, so it’ll be easy to bring all of those elements back without ruining the history that is the Halliwell family.
One more request: Improve those dang CGI edits! One of the worst things about re-watching Charmed is seeing how cheesy the demon vanquishes were or how weird it looked when people orbed. Modern CGI should offer the new Charmed some amazing special effects.
‘The Gilmore Girls’
With the recent news that the cast of The Gilmore Girls will be reuniting this summer at the ATX Television Festival it seems fitting that we include it on our list of shows we want to have more seasons. The Gilmore Girls was filled with wit and humor all while chronicling the mother-daughter relationship between Lorelai and Rory and in some cases Emily and Lorelai. Many of us grew up with Rory as she evolved from the shy quiet girl to the tenacious woman.
When we were last in Stars Hollow Lorelai and Luke had finally figured it out and Rory had decided to leave Logan and work for an upcoming senator named Barack Obama. We’ve all been begging for a movie, but what if we could get an entire TV season? Spending time with the residents of Stars Hollow would be like returning home. Is Taylor still trying to run the town? Did Kirk ever find his happily ever after? And more importantly, did Rory?
There are so many possibilities if the show returned to TV. We need to see what is happening with Lorelai and Luke. We also need to see what happened with Rory. While the ending of The Gilmore Girls in 2007 left most of us satisfied, even if original showrunner and creator Amy Sherman-Palladino wasn’t involved, there is always story to tell when it comes to a family centric show. Plus we need to know where original hipster Jesse end is and if maybe Rory found her way back to him.
What show do you want to see make a comeback?
Jennifer Lamoureux, Selina Wilken, Kyle Herzallah, Brittany Lovely, Marama Whyte, and Mitchel Clow contributed to this feature.