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Fall TV Best Old Ideas

September 1, 2011

Nobody in Hollywood has an original thought anymore leading one to believe every idea in the Television business has been thought of and now they’ve been reduced to re-doing old TV or movies. Pretty much every new show in the fall lineup can trace it’s roots back to a TV show or some movie done previously.

Let’s start with the obvious…


Charlie’s Angels — (ABC, Sep 22)

In a rehash of the 70s action/rompy show “Charlie’s Angels” this blatant trip on Professor Peabody’s Way-back machine is a reboot of an old idea. It worked at the time because young men of that era were shallow and somewhat jerkish. Okay, it might work with today’s generation as well.

Let’s hope by mid-season the angel’s get real guns.


2 Broke Girls — (CBS, Sep 19)

Okay, here’s the premise. The series follows the lives of two waitresses in their twenties—Max (Kat Dennings), who comes from a poor working-class family, and Caroline (Beth Behrs), born rich but now down on her luck—working together at a Brooklyn eatery.

You could move these two to Milwaukee, put them to work in a brewery and you’d have Laverne and Shirley. (The uniforms remind me of Mel’s Diner)

Actually… wasn’t that funky chair in Laverne’s apartment?


Person of Interest — (CBS, Sep 22)

Think, Tom Cruise in Minority Report, without the flying backpacks and that very hot car. Mr. Finch (Michael Emerson) has developed a computer program that predicts the identity of a person connected to a violent crime that will take place some time in the future. Unable to stop the crimes on his own, Finch hires Reese (Jim Caviezel), a former CIA agent who is presumed to be dead, to intervene and stop the crime. It’s good to see Caviezel working again although this knock-off probably won’t live up to his talent.


Terra Nova – (Fox, Sep 26)

Although nothing like Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, other than the big dinosaurs trying to eat the stars, Fox’s Terra Nova is standing out as the most anticipated of the fall offerings.

In the year 2149 all life Earth is threatened with extinction. In an effort to save the human race, scientists develop a time machine allowing people to travel 85 million years back in time to prehistoric Earth.(Convenient that they invented a time machine just in the nick of time. I think I would’ve gone back to a period of time after the Dinosaur’s extinction. It harps of piss-poor-prior-planning.)

Jim Shannon, wife Elisabeth and children Josh, Maddy, and Zoe join a pilgrimage of settlers traveling back in time to resettle earth. They discover those pesky dinosaurs. Some of their fellow pilgrims get pretty pesky as well.

The only thing missing is Laura Dern’s short shorts and bony legs.


Rumours are CBS is planning a re-boot of the old Bewitched series. As if the movie version wasn’t bad enough.  (Click here for more.)

Show’s I’d like to see them reboot…

Babylon 5 – (Maybe Babylon 5.1)

Rawhide – (I’m ready for a good weekly western)

Marooned – (Seven tourists in a tiny space ship get marooned on a distant planet and have a series of goofy adventures as they try to find a way off the island… er planet)

Dragnet – Two L.A. Cops searching for just the facts. (Think Ackroyd and Hanks)

Flash Gordon – I think it’s worth another shot but with better music (and acting)

All in the Family – Except they live in new Jersey. Ed o’Neill (Married With Children) as Archie, Renee Zellweger (Cold Mountain) as Edythe, Kirsten Bell (Forgetting Sarah Marshall) as daughter Gloria, and Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) as Gloria’s husband Michael Stivic.

Take a shot at casting your version of the new “All in the Family”
in the comments below.  (For you young folks, Google Archie Bunker.)

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One Comment
  1. September 1, 2011 4:28 pm

    you could also argue that your argument has been being made for the past 50-years. Just, if you’re feeling meta/accurate.

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