Your TV Reboot Weekly Digest

So two things: 1. I have accepted a new position at work and I’ve learned the magic of Google Alerts 2. I decided to sign up for Google Alerts on my personal email for a couple of “very special things.” (just kidding this is actually 3 things) 3. I’ve realized that I don’t really care about most of the things I get alerts for but here’s some stuff I thought might be interesting:

  1. MacGyver is getting a TV reboot and hasn’t yet cast MacGyver. MacGyver was my favorite show when I was 2 (I had great taste at an early age) so I’m strongly against this reboot for person reasons. But here’s one thing that I do think is worth watching: This Chip n Dale Rescue Rangers re-imagined as MacGyver fan-made opening credits sequence (geez I feel like maybe I made that description longer than necessary…)

2. TVLand is working on a Heathers reboot. I’m very, very on the fence about this one. The film version of Heathers is not only one of my favorite movies, but one of my favorite pieces of pop culture ever. I think it’s truly one of a kind. I was incredibly pro-Heathers: The Musical and even went for my 24th birthday. But I left feeling disappointed. The costumes were great, the actors were talented, but the show made me sad. And that’s largely because it didn’t feel like a black comedy anymore.
Veronica and JD were so emotional that I mostly just wanted to take them to a therapist and then lead an anti-bullying seminar at their school. Black comedies walk a fine line and Heathers especially has sensitive subject matter. It’s very easy to fall on the wrong side of that line. But if they can get Winona Ryder somehow on board for this TV Series (and extra points for Christian Slater) then I’m willing to support it.

3. Xena Warrior Princess reboot. Now, this is something I can get behind. I mostly watched Xena when I was home sick from school, but even at an early age I could tell there was some serious Xena/Gabrielle subtext. Before you get too excited, I need to stress that this is currently in the planning stages. It’s not in development, they haven’t cast a pilot, and who knows if the network will even go for it. But the show’s executive producer,Javier Grillo-Marxuach, did say: “There is no reason to bring back Xena if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s.” That sounds incredibly interesting, so I hope this one actually happens.


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