A word about remakes..

The CW network has struck a deal to remake the classic 80’s nighttime soap, “Dynasty“.   Whyyyyyy?????  It’s not necessary!  Tyler Perry and Lee Daniels have cornered the market on cheesy nighttime soap operas. If you watch Fox’s “Empire” and OWN’s “The Haves and Have Nots” you know what I mean. The plot twists and outlandish antics that happen on those shows tell me Perry and Daniels should have been hired as writers for ABC’s “All My Children”.  That soap would still be on the air today.

I enjoyed the re-boot of Dallas on TNT.   I never watched the original, but knew the story well enough to follow Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing as he passed the evil and conniving torch down to his son, John Ross.  It lasted four seasons and held up to the tradition of debauchery and outright craziness.   We got to see Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray get some work and were introduced to the gorgeousness of  Josh Henderson, currently starring in E’s “The Arrangement“.

Did you know Blair Underwood starred in a remake of  1967’s “Ironside“?  I barely remembered either.   It only lasted 3 episodes.  Some things should be left alone.

If NBC can re-boot “Will and Grace” and ABC is re-doing “Roseanne“, why can’t we get a re-boot of “Girlfriends” or “Living Single?”  Mara Brock Akil and her husband have a production deal with Warner Brothers Television.    They could make this happen.

CBS’sThe Odd Couple” returned to TV last year starring  Matthew Perry, Thomas Lennon, Wendell Pierce and one of my favorite actresses, Yvette Nicole Brown.   The show wasn’t bad  but there was nothing that made it stand out.  I knew it would be canceled soon after creator and comedy genius Garry Marshall passed away.   By the way, how does Perry keep getting sitcoms when every show since “Friends” he has been cast as a lead gets canceled?

Fuller House” on Netflix is a continuation of the ABC sitcom “Full House” starring the kids from that show (not the Olsen twins) except now they are grown, widowed and have kids to raise.  *sigh*  There are better shows airing on “The Disney Channel”.

There are successful remakes out there.  “Hawaii 50” is doing very well Friday nights on CBS.   Alex O’Loughlin and Scott Caan look good running around catching bad guys.;  but it’s the witty comedic banter and supporting cast featuring Chi McBride and Daniel  Dae Kim that keeps things popping.  “MacGyver” is doing so well it was renewed for a second season.

One Day at a Time” premiered in 1975 and starred Bonnie Franklin, Mackenzie Phillips and Valerie Bertinelli.  The show, about a divorced woman raising two teenage daughters mirrored my reality in some ways and comforted me in others.  The re-make, on Netflix focuses on a Cuban-American family and stars Justina Machado as a divorced military mom and legend Rita Moreno, who plays the old school grandmother.  The plot revolves around how they cope with issues connected to her time serving in the Army.     This show resonates with a lot of people and was renewed for a second season as well.

As with every show, plot, character development and writing counts.  So I don’t mind re-makes of old shows as long as they are done well.

 

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