Coming Soon: Revenge of the TV Revival

During the continuation of what we’ve come to know as a “Golden Age” of television, with great original programming that can fill up every night of your week, networks are playing the hits again for easy ratings…and why not?

Netflix started it all with a 4th season of Arrested Development in 2013, 7 years after the previous season. Then FOX brought Jack Bauer out of hiding for a 24 special event miniseries in 2014 with ‘Live Another Day’. It wasn’t bad. Jack yelled all out favorite lines like “Where’s the bomb?!” and “Dammit, Chloe!!!”, then ended with a cliffhanger that fans have waited way too long on…Just last week, FOX announced plans for a new season called 24: Legacy with an all-new cast and zero Jack…We’ll see how that goes.

Since 24’s resurrection, FOX has worked on bringing back a number of old fan favorites (which we’ll get to shortly). NBC took note and tried a new season of Heroes, with old characters and new. Unfortunately it took 11 episodes for Heroes Reborn to get interesting again, and it has been cancelled before it could even walk. Much more successfully, Netflix’s “prequel reboot” series of Wet Hot American Summer was even better than the movie.

Now several revivals, special events, and movies are on the horizon to fill that part of you that’s been missing since your favorite show went off the air. Here’s what’s coming soon and what’s in the works.

The X-Files

FOX – January 24th, 2016

The highly anticipated return of Mulder and Scully is almost here. Following a back-to-back night premiere, the show will return for 4 more weeks with a series of one-off monster mysteries and some kind of end game that ties it all together. The early reviews aren’t pretty, but you hope David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson can find that groove that made the show a phenomenon in the first place. You can see the first minute of the premiere here.

 

Full(er) House

Netflix – February 26th, 2016

This is actually happening. Over 20 years after Full House went off the air, the Tanners, Katsopolis’s and Uncle Joey are going to be back under the same roof again for a full binge-ready season. I personally don’t know how to feel about it. 90’s sitcom reunions on Late Night shows are one thing, but did you really miss Full House for multiple hours of Kimmy Gibbler? That’s what you’re going to get too, as creator Jeff Franklin has stated that the show “will center around DJ, Stephanie and Kimmy”. That means a lot less Danny, Joey and Uncle Jesse and no Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen). At least my last memory of Jodie Sweetin won’t be of her hosting “Pants-Off, Dance-Off” on Fuse while I was in college. Here are photos from the first season of Fuller House

 

Prison Break

Prison Break Revival

FOX – 2016

Since the 24special event worked, why not bring back another show that helped the network dominate Monday nights in the mid-2000s? Prison Break has been ordered to series in 2016, with filming set to begin in March. Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell are signed on to reprise their roles as Michael Schofield and Lincoln Burrows, which is interesting considering how the series ended in 2009. Sarah Wayne Collins (Sara) and Robert Knepper (T-Bag) are rumored to return as well along with the original producers. Recently, Prison Break fans have been able to enjoy familiar faces as weekly villains on both The Flash and Arrow. I actually have every episode featuring Miller and Purcell as “The Rogues” saved on my DVR, and you can catch them featured on the new DC’s Legends of Tomorrow starting this week.

 

Twin Peaks

Showtime – 2017

The details around the Twin Peaks revival are as mysterious as the show that aired from 1990-91. What we do know is that Kyle MacLachlan is back as Agent Dale Cooper, David Lynch is writing and directing it, and Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Naomi Watts and Laura Dern all MIGHT be involved. There are even rumors that Laura Palmer herself will be appearing, the murder victim that started the whole 28 episode series…Honestly, I’ve assumed MacLachlan has been possessed by BOB in real life for all these years, especially on How I Met Your Mother.

Captain Eyes

 

Gilmore Girls

Gilmore Girls revivalNetflix – TBA

Netflix’s Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos discussed Gilmore Girls with reporters over the weekend, saying “We’re still working on buttoning down everything before our announcements.” What we do know is that Amy Sherman-Palladino and executive producer Daniel Palladino will write and direct the entire revival. We also know that it will consist of four 90-minute episodes that represent different seasons of the show, all taking place 8 years after it ended. Stay posted for more details when they finally come around.

 

Deadwood

Deadwood revival

HBO – TBA

FINALLY! Deadwood fans are finally getting the ending they’ve been waiting almost a decade for. HBO president Michael Lombardo recently confirmed at a Television Critics Association press tour party that “it’s going to happen.” Creator David Milch pitched an idea for a movie that will reunite the cast and give some closure to the 3-season series that literally ended with none whatsoever. Timothy Olyphant doesn’t have too much going on, now that Justified is over. Ian McShane will be appearing in the upcoming season of Game of Thrones. Then there’s Anna Gunn, Powers Booth, Paula Malcomlson, John Hawkes, and the rest of the cast to account for…whom you’ve seen in probably EVERY TV show since Deadwood went off the air in 2006.

 

What other TV shows would you like to see revived? Let me know on Facebook or Twitter

 

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Chicago Celebrities We’d Rather See At Games

From afar, I’ve admired what the Chicago Cubs are doing. Not just at the plate and from the mound, but also from a promotional standpoint. Rather than trot out any famous person who can afford a ticket with what they find between their couch cushions, the Cubs had players who appreciate where the team is now and put in blood, sweat and tears wearing the blue pinstripes to throw out first pitches in Games 3 and 4.

After Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg and 2-time All-Star Kerry Wood kicked off each game, the Cubs utilized their new video boards at Wrigley Field with videos of the late Ernie Banks and Harry Caray singing “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.” That’s classy. That’s also what they should do from now on, but that’s a discussion for another day. (Never let Ryan Dempster do his impression of Will Ferrell’s impression of Harry Caray again)

Amidst the bat-flipping, opposing pitcher name chanting, and hardcore partying, we’ve seen the celebrity faces that we expected (some dreaded) to see at the ballpark. Billy Corgan and his new get-off-my-lawn attitude. Northside/Southside flipping John Cusack. And the worst front-runner on the planet, Jim Belushi (I cringe typing his name like he’s Voldemort). New assistant to Cubs President Theo Epstein (probably) Eddie Vedder has been fun. As an avid Pearl Jam fan, I get a kick out of him partying as hard as the players after each game.

It’s also hard to imagine that Bill Murray isn’t too far away, despite his media tour next week for the upcoming release of Rock the Kasbah. If anything, he could make it an epic cross promotion for his film and the MLB playoffs.

Bill Murray Harry

Vedder and Murray are awesome but it’s time to bring out the big hitters to the seats in Chicago, and not just at Wrigley Field. Last summer, I countered recently-outed heavyweight racist Hulk Hogan’s baiting for angry Blackhawks fans during the Stanley Cup with my own list of better celebrity hockey fans. Those mentioned in that list (CM Punk, Mr. T, Vince Vaughn, etc) get a hat-tip, but the following names will represent star power that we’d rather see regularly, similar to the likes at New York and Los Angeles events.

1. Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford Chicago

We’re talking about Han Solo AND Indiana Jones here. How can you deny the idea of either baseball stadium in Chicago playing the “Imperial Death March” music announcing the Yankees lineup, then following it with a shot of Harrison Ford behind home plate with the Rebel Victory score over it? Maybe it’s a the geek in me, but any opportunity to implement Star Wars, especially with the new film coming out, is super sexy to me.

Note: I also refer to White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu as #Baseball Jedi, so there’s that. 

Ford has Chicago in his blood, being born here and spending his college summers working on a boat in Burnham Park Harbor or managing the first Crate and Barrel on Wells. In an Michigan Ave Magazine interview, Ford said:

I’ve been out in Los Angeles for 35 years, and I think there are some things about my upbringing that reflect the values and the attitudes of the Midwest…. a kind of work ethic that I find particular to the Midwest. I can say that those were important, formative years for me, living in Chicago.”

Cool, Indy. I’ll buy you a beer next time you’re in town, if it gets you to a ballgame.

2. Nick Offerman

Nick Offerman Cubs

Currently featured in the new season of Fargo, Nick Offerman isn’t slowing down since the end of Ron Swanson and Parks and Recreation. Offerman isn’t shy about his baseball allegiance either.

There are many grown men and women who would scream like a 90’s tween at a Backstreet Boys concert if they saw the Joliet native, University of Illinois grad, and professional canoe craftsman down the foul line at a ballgame.

If he’s willing, during a the Crosstown Cup series, there’s plenty of bacon-on-a-stick awaiting his consumption at US Cellular Field.

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Double-thick maple bacon. You know you want it, Nick…

3. Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson Chicago

Yep, X-Files fans, Scully is from Chicago. With The X-Files revival series coming soon to FOX, they’d be making a huge mistake not having Gillian Anderson at Wrigley Field fending off the paranormal and extraterrestrial that I’m sure some Cubs fans still believe will prevent the Cubs from going to the World Series…At least come out to a Men and/or Women’s basketball game at DePaul, where Anderson finished college…something she and I have in common.

4. President Barack Obama

President Obama Chicago

Partisan opinions aside, he’s the MF’n President of the United States. He’s also a hardcore sports fan, which I thoroughly laid out on his birthday, and loves his Chicago teams…

When his term is up, I would welcome the president taking in as much Bulls basketball, White Sox baseball, Bears football, and whatever as he wants.

5. John C. Reilly

John C. Reilly Chicago

Would you really argue with me on this? Who doesn’t want south side native John C. Reilly in their corner?

That’s exactly who you want in games against New York when Billy Crystal, Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Jay-Z and Beyonce are behind the opponent’s bench.

6. Stephen Colbert

Stephen Colbert Chicago

For someone who has spent a lot of his career recently in New York City, Stephen Colbert has not been bashful at all about his time in Chicago. Leading up to the new Late Show’s premiere, Colbert dedicated multiple podcasts to his years at Northwestern and doing improv in Chicago. While interviewing Jane The Virgin star Gina Rodriguez this week, the two bonded over their love for the city and living there. Most notably, as tongue-in-cheek as it sounded, Colbert predicted a Cubs World Series win…a proclamation he believes “in no way will come back to haunt” him.

If the NLCS goes to New York, I would be shocked if Colbert wasn’t in attendance. Heck, he should catch a weekend game in Chicago if the opportunity is there.

More Chicago Celebrities You’d Rather See:

John Landis, Director – Animal House, Blues Brothers

Robert Zemeckis, Director – Back to the Future Trilogy

Patricia Arquette, Actress – Boyhood, True Romance

Common, Hip-Hop Artist & Actor – Selma

Fred Savage, Actor & Director – The Wonder Years

Ben Savage, Actor – Boy Meets World

Chloe Bennet, Actress – Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. 

Mandy Patinkin, Actor – The Princess Bride, Homeland

Gina Rodriguez, Actress – Jane The Virgin

Michael Pena, Actor – Ant-Man, The Martian

Frances McDormand, Actress – Fargo, Almost Famous

Shonda Rhimes, Writer – Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy

Michael Madsen, Actor – Reservoir Dogs, Kill Bill

Jennifer Morrison, Actress – House M.D.

Michael Mann, Director – Heat

Tom Berenger, Actor – Major League

Dan Castellanata, Actor – The Simpsons

Bruce Dern, Actor – Nebraska, The Cowboys

Andre Braugher, Actor – Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Wood Harris, Actor – The Wire, Remember the Titans

Bob Balaban, Actor – Moonrise Kingdom

Jennifer Hudson, Singer & Actress – Dreamgirls

Chi McBride, Actor – Boston Public, The Terminal

Craig Robinson, Actor – The Office, Knocked Up

Jay Chandrasekhar, Actor & Director – Super Troopers

Jim O’Heir, Actor – Parks and Recreation

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