Everything old is new again. It’s the era of reboot or redo in fashion and it’s no surprise that the same goes for the entertainment world, on both the big and small screens, with a slew of TV remakes.

Cases in point: Classic hit Hawaii Five-0 has had a successful 6-season rebirth and we learned that the truth is still out on The X-files comeback. Oh, and Netlfix has given us a big “You got it, Dude” to Season 2 of Fuller House. Heck, even The Muppets are here again (good thing, since we’re still grieving the break up of Kermit and Miss Piggy). And there are lots more.

Wait, are there no new ideas in Hollywood? Who cares. These TV remakes rock.


rootsRoots – History Channel (Date TBA)

The story of slavery in America was groundbreaking when the miniseries first aired in 1977. Although a lot has been accomplished since then, race relations still have a long way to go in the US.

With stars like Forest Whitaker, Anna Paquin, Jonathan Rhys Meyers and Laurence Fishburne, this remake is sure to be just as good, if not better, than the original.

anne of green gablesAnne of Green Gables – CBC (sometime in 2017)

There are two, yes, TWO new reincarnations of PEI’s favourite redhead coming to the small screen. Who would’ve thunk it?

The first is a YTV movie starring Martin Sheen as Matthew Cuthbert, one half of the brother/sister duo that adopts a spunky young girl who soon wins their hearts. The second is in the pre-production stage at CBC with plans to air an ongoing TV series in 2017.

twin peaksTwin Peaks – Showtime (coming soon in 2016)

In true Twin Peaks fashion, just about everything about this reboot is hush-hush. We know many of the original cast members like Kyle MacLachlan (Dale Cooper) and Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer) will be returning to the odd town of Twin Peaks.

Will the new version continue the investigation of the murder of Miss Palmer or will we be introduced to a whole new batch of peculiar, some might say psycho, cast of characters? We will just have to wait and see what show runner David Lynch has in store for us. We know this for sure: Bob still freaks us out.

prison breakPrison Break – Fox (coming soon in 2016)

It really hasn’t been that long since since handsome onscreen brothers Dominic Purcell and Wentworth Miller busted out of prison in the original run of Prison Break (2005-2009) but they are back  for another action-filled series on the run.

Look for their return sometime during the 2016-2017 TV season. (If you can’t wait that long, check them out as Heat Wave and Captain Cold in the currently running Legends of Tomorrow.)

Gilmore GirlsGilmore Girls – Netflix (Date TBA)

Get ready for the fast talking, coffee drinking, pop culture referencing return of one of our favourite coming of age series, Gilmore Girls. Stars Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel are back as the oh so quotable mother and daughter duo. (“If you’re going to throw your life away, he’d better have a motorcycle” is classic).

Somebody please tell us how Lauren Graham has not aged at all. We want to know her secret.

ghostbusters 2016Ghostbusters – Theatres (July 15, 2016)

Revivals aren’t just for television, either. In this re-imagined version of Ghostbusters, it’s the ladies who take on the slimy ghouls. With Melissa McCarthy at the helm, they will do so with side splitting hilarity.

We’d like to thank whoever decided to bring on Chris Hemsworth as the nerdy secretary (originally played by Annie Potts).  We aren’t fooled by those glasses, Chris. Your sexiest man alive muscly muscles are still showing.

baywatchBaywatch – Theatres (May 19, 2017)

Sun. Sand. Surf. Lifeguards. Does it really get any better than that? The remake that we never knew we wanted until we heard that The Rock (Dwayne Johnson) and Zac Efron (when did he get all grown up?) were cast as leads.

Slow running on the beach is, once again, our favourite activity—or watching it, anyway.


About the author

Patricia Thomas

Patricia is a proud geek raising two little geeklings along with her geeky husband. You can find her on Twitter fangirling about her latest obsessions. Since she spends 8 months out of the year living in a barren winter waste land, she dreams of living bare foot on a tropical beach someday.

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