In the words of Mariah Carey, "why are you so obsessed with me?"
That's the billion-dollar question audiences are asking TV networks who are so blatantly obsessed with reboots. Every year delivers its fair share, but it seems like 2018's goal is to test the audience's threshold for past successes.
We're not even halfway through the year, and we've exceeded the number of potential revivals that can be counted on both hands. No doubt we should probably blame it on the acclaim NBC received for bringing back beloved and previously statement-making hit Will & Grace.
There's definitely an allure to revivals and reboots — there's a nostalgia factor about catching up with old friends and revisiting stories that bring you back to "better times."
Old characters can address the new political climate, technological advances and even challenge their ways of thinking. There are, of course, audiences who aren't as fond of reboots, claiming that networks are of running out of ideas; scratching an itch to cash in on former glories.
Regardless of one's personal preference, we can all agree on one thing: some shows have the potential to be reboot gold, some peaked in high school, and a select few were so solid, they could never be replicated again.
Here's a list of 2018 shows and movies getting a second shot at life — which ones do you think should get the boot and which ones seem promising?
1. Charmed (The CW) I'm coming at you hot with one of the most controversial reboots of 2018! Fans are up in arms about the reboot of Charmed, specifically saying goodbye to the beloved Halliwell sisters. Let me remind you, though, that the very definition of 'reboot' is to start from scratch, foregoing storylines and recreating characters, which is exactly what The CW dramedy from Jane the Virgin creator-showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman is doing. The network describes it as a "fierce, funny, feminist reboot of the original series, which centers on three sisters in a college town who discover they are witches. Between vanquishing supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy, and maintaining familial bonds, a witch’s work is never done.” Melonie Diaz has been cast as the first of three sisters, while Ser'Darius Blain will play Galvin, one of the sisters' boyfriends.
TV Fanatic verdict: Let the magic do its work. This has the potential of becoming a modern, witchy hit.
2. Magnum P.I. (CBS) Reboot loving CBS is hoping to give 80's Tom Selleck starring drama Magnum P.I a facelift. The iconic role of private investigator Thomas Magnum will be played by Suicide Squad actor Jay Hernandez. Hernandez's character is a decorated ex-Navy SEAL who returns from Afghanistan and uses his military training to become a P.I. While he's no Selleck and has some pretty big shoes to fill, he did spend some time squaring up with Olivia Pope on Scandal so at least we know he has the backbone. He..