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Are you done with the TV remakes? The networks aren't

by Danny Gallagher, posted Jan 6th 2010 7:00PM
Do you ever wonder why TV networks spend so much time and money updating old TV shows for the modern times, even though they are almost always doomed to fail? No, it's not due to some clinical mental illness.

It's simple: they attract attention, according to an article by The New York Times' Bill Carter.

The nostalgia angle alone makes it a self-marketing giant. It's no wonder that CBS has a Hawaii Five-O rehash, NBC has a new Rockford Files and ABC is bringing Charlie's Angels back from the dead. The only problem? They usually suck.

So is there a chance any of the aforementioned might work?

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David Stoeckel

The only reason why these rehashes have problems is the fact that the Broadcast Networks don't stick with them long enough to give them a chance to fix them, Unlike Cable.

January 07 2010 at 4:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Preach

"Fall Guy" wasn't set in the 70s, Jason...

January 07 2010 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
sid arthur

Twin Peaks?

January 07 2010 at 12:59 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Kris Marshall

Well, since Twin Peaks was totally incomprehensible and a waste of time the first go around, a remake cannot be any worse.

January 07 2010 at 6:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Sir Yuck-Yuck

the Dark Shadows revival was great but that damn Gulf War didn't help, as the show was always bumped around or delayed due to war coverage, another revival could work plus we got the Tim Burton directed Johnny Depp starring Dark Shadows movie in 2011 I can't wait for it and this movie might draw interest to the old show 1966-71 on ABC-Tv and the revival in 1991 the original can be watched on YouTube currently I am on Dark Shadows minisode 395

January 07 2010 at 12:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Frantic Monkey

The pilot for Hawaii Five-O is being written by Kurtzman and Orci (Star Trek and Transformers) so it at least stands a chance. But I think a Charlie's Angels reboot is a terrible idea.

January 06 2010 at 9:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Zach

I feel they're short changing Battlestar Galactica as a success just cause it was on cable. If it was on a network, it would have been a bigger success IMO.

January 06 2010 at 7:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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