Well you sure like Tom Welling and Christopher Reeve. Plus, in yesterday’s comments about our Superman poll many asked about George Reeves. While I ‘d like to make everyone feel about fourteen and say that I’m not sure any of our PCA readers would know who he was, the truth is I only had four spaces to work with so I opted for Dean Cain – the more recent version.
Today let’s talk about other remakes…specifically television ones. Because we have big news in the nighttime soap opera department. A little drama about Big Oil’s returning…
Let me preface this by saying that in 1982 I ran out and bought the 12” inch single of You Can’t Hurry Love by Phil Collins and returned home to play it ad nauseum. You couldn’t do anything else with it except put the needle back at the beginning over and over again because it was sooo catchy. Then my mother and sister pointed out that while, yes, it was a positively infectious song, it wasn’t uh, quite as groundbreaking as I believed. On account of the fact that it was a cover. This shocked me. Who knew that the Supremes had put that track on the map to begin with?
The same happens nowadays. Kids listen to music and watch TV shows and assess and appraise and many of them have no clue that the whole thing’s a reboot. No idea that it’s all been done before and that maybe this is just smart network folks saying “well, it worked back then”. When the news came out that Larry Hagman had agreed to sign on as JR Ewing in a reboot of Dallas, I wondered if it would work. This is a major undertaking. Would I watch it? (I’d probably give it a peek, although I was more obsessed with Dynasty than anything else. Which I guess I wouldn’t want to see remade). The original Dallas ran from 1978 til 1991 (surprising, right?) and effectively made it possible for other programs to showcase sex, wealth, intrigue, greed and danger on a weekly basis. At the time, there was nothing else like it. So they’re remaking the beloved series and Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray have all signed on to be a part of the reboot’s pilot episode – which is in the care of the TNT network. The new show will also feature Desperate Housewives’ Josh Henderson and Jordana Brewster.
Will you watch the new Dallas?
Obviously it’s not the first time they’ve tried this kind of thing…does anyone remember Dragnet with Ed O’Neill? Knight Rider also travelled nowhere fast and The Bionic Woman didn’t last long (even though she had lots of fans). How about The Prisoner and The Fugitive? Both went AWOL and nobody’s quite sure why; nor is it like nothing can be rebooted – look at Hawaii-Five –O for example – people love that show. So in light of the Dallas remake, let’s take a peek at some other shows enjoying a renaissance.
2) Dr. Who
3) Hawaii Five-O