We are in a time where reboots of shows and movie franchises have become the norm. The shows which many of us mourned their endings have been brought back to life in recent years. Here are ten of them you should look forward to.
1. Zoey 101
The show originally aired on Nickelodeon in January 2005 and ran until May 2008. Zoey 101 follows the lives of Zoey Brooks, her brother, Dustin, and her friends who all attend Pacific Coast Academy. During its original run, the series won two Kids’ Choice Awards and a Neox Fan Award.
The Zoey 101 cast reunited for a special remix of the show’s iconic theme song, titled “Follow Me (Zoey 101).” Many online influencers were a part of it as brand new characters of the show. Earlier last year, the original cast also reunited on a special episode of All That — another reboot of its own.
As of October 2020, things were still up in the air when it comes to an official reboot. According to Seventeen, Jamie Lynn Spears is currently in talks with Nickelodeon. Even though it’s not totally official yet, don’t count it out.
2. Lizzie McGuire
[bf_image id="q7jv19-e82hz4-a6fu95"] The original run of the show premiered in January 2001 and ended in February 2004. The series stars Hillary Duff as Lizzie, a girl who navigates the personal and social issues of her teenage years. Along with her troubles as a teen, there’s an animated version of Lizzie who performs monologues of Lizzie’s inner thoughts.
The series was nominated for two Emmys in 2003 and 2004 for Most Outstanding Children’s Program. The show also received various awards and nominations of the Nickelodeon Kids’ Choice Awards from 2002 to 2005.
The reboot was announced in August 2019 at Disney’s biannual event, D23. Sadly, the production of the show was stopped after only two episodes. Hillary Duff explained in an Instagram post that Disney thought the show wasn’t “family-friendly” enough for its streaming service; Duff had asked for the show to be moved to Hulu instead.
The new version of the show follows Lizzie as she turns 30 while living in New York City. Lizzie has her dream job as an interior designer and her “dream guy,” but not everything is as good as it seems. Like the original series, it follows Lizzie in the ups and downs of her life, but this time as an adult.
3. Saved By The Bell
The show originally ran from August 1989 to May 1993 and easily became a staple sitcom during the time. It followed a group of students and the principal at Bayside High school.
Two spin offs during the ‘90s followed the show, one being Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Picking right up from the original series in May 1993, the show follows several characters of the original cast to California University. The other would be Saved by the Bell: The New Class, which ran from September 1993 to January 2000. It had the same concept as the original series, but it featured a new group of students at Bayside.
The newest spinoff, coming this year, will follow another group of students from both upper and working-class families at Bayside. There’s a clash between the two groups as the students of working-class families were transferred to Bayside as part of a political PR move by Zack Morris, California’s current governor.
The reboot is currently streaming on Peacock.
A reboot of Walker, Texas Ranger which featured Chuck Norris, will premiere in January 2021. Walker, Texas Ranger follows Sergeant Cordell Walker, a member of the Texas Rangers, a state-level bureau of investigation.
The show originally ran from April 1993 to May 2001 with reruns going until July 2001. It spawned a 2005 television movie, Trial by Fire, which ended on an unresolved cliffhanger.
The reboot features Jared Padalecki, who was a part of the series Supernatural as Sam Winchester. The show is scheduled to be released on The CW in January 2021.
5. Gossip Girl
Produced by HBO Max, a sequel serving as a reboot of Gossip Girl will feature a new set of rich kids doing scandalous things. Creators of the original series are back to bring the reboot to life.
The original show ran on The CW for six seasons, from September 2007 to December 2012. The series was narrated by an omniscient blogger, “Gossip Girl,” and it followed the rich kids of Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
There were many adaptations of the show outside of the United States. The American versions won 18 Teen Choice Awards and received many nominations. The reboot was originally set to start filming in March 2020, but it has been pushed back to 2021 due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
[bf_image id="q5aur7-83i4kw-d64k2q"] In 2019, CBS announced plans to adapt the film into a show series, but it was revealed that it would move to Peacock instead.
The original film features a popular and rich high school student who becomes friends with a new student and gives her a makeover. The film spawned a television sitcom and a series of books.
The series centers around the Dionne character played by Stacey Dash in the movies and the 1996 series adaptation. The project has been in development since October, despite having no network or streaming service until recently. Peacock officially picked up the reboot.
7. The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The original series follows a kid from Philadelphia who moves in with his rich aunt and uncle after getting into a fight in his hometown. The show ran from September 1990 to May 1996.
A fan-made 2019 film, Bel-Air, was written and directed by Megan Cooper. The film short reimagined the light-hearted show as a gritty drama. Will Smith enjoyed the short so much that he has thrown much of his clout behind a full TV reboot.
8. The Boondocks
The comic strip received small-screen attention on Adult Swim for four seasons, with its creator leaving the series in the last season. The decline in quality was noticeable to die-hard fans. The show officially ended in 2014 with a total of 55 episodes.
The series featured a Black family, the Freemans, settling in a fictional suburb of Woodcrest. Now, the show is set to return for two seasons on HBO Max, with each season consisting of 12 episodes.
The crime drama mystery aired between October 2006 to September 2013 on Showtime. The show centers on Dexter Morgan, who leads a double life as a forensic technician and serial killer who kills murderers.
The original showrunner, Clyde Phillips, returns alongside the star of the original series, Michael C. Hall. It serves as a second chance to write another finale as the original series finale was one of the “most critically panned” ever.
The show is likely to premiere in the Fall of 2021.
10. And Just Like That…
[bf_image id="q5aucw-cmz78g-40e39o"] Sex and the City will be receiving its reboot with most of the original cast. And Just Like That… will feature the trio’s friendship in their 50s as Kim Cattrall won’t return as Samantha.
The original show ran on HBO from June 1998 to February 2004. The series followed the lives of a group of women who remain inseparable no matter how much their lives change.
And Just Like That… will air on HBO Max as a 10-episode series, which will begin production in Spring 2021.