2016 may have been the year when Ricky Baker introduced us to the word magestical, but 2017 is the year of the reboot. Following in Gilmore Girls’ footsteps (hopefully only in concept and not quality), there are a number of TV shows and movies that have announced a return to the big and small screen this year.
Here are the ones we’re most excited about:
1. Will & Grace
Our fave American sitcom (which originally aired from 1998 to 2006) has of course been revived for ten brand new episodes on NBC this year and will feature all four of its original main cast members. The show is expected to hit our screens at the end of 2017, and by our screens, we mean America’s screens, and by America’s screens we mean get your sh*t together New Zealand television.
2. Curb Your Enthusiasm
The Larry David comedy—Curb Your Enthusiasm—last aired in 2011 but is scheduled to serve up a ninth season this year with castmates Cheryl Hines, Susie Essman, Jeff Garlin, Ted Danson, Mary Steenburgen and J.B. Smoove set to return. I don’t know much about this show but it has an 8.7 rating on IMDB which is a hell of a lot better than Jennifer Aniston’s Just Go With It, and I challenge anyone not to laugh ‘til they cry and fall of the balcony watching that film.
3. Dirty Dancing
Nobody puts this reboot in the corner (sorry)! A three-hour made-for-telly reboot of the 1987 original film will see Abigail Breslin (NO NO NO NO) star as Baby and dancer Colt Prattes as Johnny (meh, ok). This sexy number is due to hit (U.S.) screens on May 24.
4. Hey Arnold!
SHUT THE FRONT DOOR. Childhood classic ‘Hey Arnold!’, which wrapped up in 2004, is set to return to our TVs for a two-part, two-hour telly-movie—Hey Arnold: The Jungle Movie. The flick will apparently pick up where the series ended thirteen years ago (**quickly jumps on Wikipedia to look up ending) and will premier on the Nickelodeon channel in November.
5. The Magic School Bus
Speaking of childhood classics, The Magic School Bus is set to return this year and IT’S ABOUT BLOODY TIME. Not only is our fave educational magic child educator hitting our screens again, but Ms. Frizzle will be voiced by none other than comedic female icon Kate McKinnon, **MUCH applause**. The series will hit Netflix at some time in the future, possibly not in 2017 but don’t think for a second that this was going to stop me including it in this article.
6. Prison Break
No one cares if you break out of one prison once, come back to me when you’ve successfully broken out of prison twice I always say. Original cast members Wentworth Miller, Dominic Purcell and Sarah Wayne Callies will be reprising their roles in this year’s sequel to the 2005-2009 serial drama—Prison Break—due to air on April 4.
7. Queer Eye For The Straight Guy
YAAASSS KWEEEEN. Telly’s best makeover men will be returning to our screens this year (maybe, the date’s not totally confirmed yet), however none of the original cast will return. The Netflix-commissioned series of eight episodes will feature a new gang of fashionistas who’ll “move from the Big Apple to turn the Red States pink—one makeover at a time”. Our bodies are ready.
For everyone who’s been wondering where the fek Rupert Grint has been for the last six years—your questions have finally been answered. Rupert will be starring in (and executive producing) the 2017 crime-comedy series, Snatch (based on the 2000 movie), which will revolve around a group of twenty-something ‘hustlers’ who find themselves in a #fierce world of organised crime after stumbling upon a truckload of stolen gold bullion. The series will premiere on March 16.
9. Star Trek
Just when you thought we’d completely exhausted every possible space-related storyline ever, CBS has gone and commissioned Star Trek: Discovery—a new small-screen space saga following on from the classic sci-fi series. The show is expected to air in late August and feature a lot of space and iconic hand signals.
10. Step Up
Dust off your dancing shoes (and sign-up to YouTube) because Step Up is about to become the online video streaming service’s first fully-fledged, big budget original scripted drama (and dance) series. The show will centre around a group of dancers at a contemporary performing arts school and will be available later this year. Original Step Up stars and spouses Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan-Tatum will return to executive-produce the series.
11. That’s So Raven
Oh snap! Raven-Symoné, Disney Channel’s resident prophetic, announced last year that she was ditching her spot on The View to fully commit to starring in and executive producing the That’s So Raven revival show. Approximately ten years after the show ended, Raven will play a divorced mother of two preteen kiddos, one of which has (OF COURSE) inherited her psychic abilities because psychic genes are obviously very dominant. The show will premiere on Disney Channel at an unconfirmed date.
12. Twin Peaks
The Twin Peaks revival will be a limited-series continuation of the ‘90s drama and will rack up a total of eighteen episodes. The show will premiere on Sunday May 21 on Showtime (get your sh*t together, New Zealand TV) with a two-hour episode, so cancel all your weekend plans if you haven’t already seen the original.
13. Dance Academy
Apparently Dance Academy is hugely popular in Germany, which is the only explanation I can think of for anyone to spend more than $20 turning it into a movie. Due to be released on April 6, this flick will follow the original Dance Academy cast and their lives in NEW YORK because obviously Tara sold one of her boyfriends to fit the budget for the film.