The arrival of the 2010s marked a new era in Hollywood. While many unreleased titles have carved out a place in the hearts of the public, such as Game of Thrones (2011-2019) and Breaking Bad (2008-2013), the industry has seen the growth of a movement that has become more popular each year: production of revivals and reboots of various series that had achieved success in past decades.
Since 2008, when 90210 (2008-2013) brought back the teen universe that had made history in Barrados no Baile (1990-2000), American producers realized that nostalgia was profitable. Mixing iconic characters with fresh faces ceased to be the exception and became the rule in the following years.
Hits like Fuller House (2016-2020), Gilmore Girls (2000-2007; 2016) and The X-Files (1993-2002; 2016-2018) breathed new life into seemingly run-down franchises. When it is not possible to rescue a series with the original cast, titles that serve as reboots or sequels appear, such as How I Met Your Father (spiritual continuation of How I Met Your Mother) and Bel-Air (new version of Um Maluco no Pedaço ).
With so many historic titles gaining revivals across the United States, Tangerine prepared a list of five series that could gain new life and immerse fans in a good nostalgia:
Original Cast of Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Buffy: The Vampire Slayer
Aired between 1997 and 2003, Buffy: The Vampire Slayer was a milestone in pop culture. The series about a teenager facing vampires and other creatures of the night made Sarah Michelle Gellar an icon among young people and is still cited as one of the pillars for the success of fantasy stories on TV.
After almost 20 years since the end of the series, Sarah has stated several times that she has no interest in returning to the role of Buffy. The 45-year-old actress points out that the plot of the series, which put a young woman to face monsters, was a metaphor about facing youth problems. Returning to this world so much later would make no sense to her.
Without its main star, the franchise would be revamped. In 2018, Fox announced it was developing a reboot with an entirely renewed cast and a black actress in the role of the vampire slayer. After years without news, the project was officially shelved in August of this year, as revealed by the executive producer Gail Berman in an interview with the TV Top 5 podcast.
The withdrawal, however, would not make the return of the franchise unfeasible. After the end of the original series, creator Joss Whedon continued Buffy’s story in the comics. The vampire slayer continued to defend the world from supernatural forces in storylines depicted through the eighth and ninth seasons, plus a new comic still in publication serving as a fresh start for the character.
If the original cast members are too old to go out fighting monsters, an alternative would be to produce an animated series of Buffy with the voices of Sarah Michelle Gellar, David Boreanaz (Angel), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), James Marsters (Spike) and several others returning.
Tisha Campbell and Damon Wayans
Me, the boss and the kids
A sitcom that rocked Brazilians’ afternoons in the 2000s, Eu, a Patroa e as Crianças (2001-2005) is always cited on social media as one of the best comedies of its generation. The story of Michael Kyle (Damon Wayans) and his dysfunctional family delighted young people and adults for five seasons, until it was canceled due to low ratings in the USA.
The end of the series in the fifth season left an interesting hook. Jay (Tisha Campbell) revealed to Michael that she was pregnant with their fourth child shortly after asking the patriarch to perform a vasectomy. The arrival of a new baby would create a new dynamic for the family, but ABC network executives understood that the attraction needed to end its trajectory.
A revival of Me, My Boss and the Kids could see Michael and Jay once again grappling with the struggles of having a teenage son at home. As Junior (George Gore 2nd) had also just become a father, the family dynamic with two new children would bring back the atmosphere that made the original series such a success.
Martin Sheen in The West Wing
The West Wing
One of the best political dramas in American TV history, The West Wing (1999-2006) showed behind the scenes of power in the White House and the people responsible for working in the government led by President Josiah Bartlet (Martin Sheen).
Over seven seasons, fans followed Bartlet and his team dealing with the most diverse political conflicts. A revival of The West Wing in the present day would show how the mission of presiding over the United States has become an even greater challenge after the polarization potentialized by the government of Donald Trump.
In an identity crisis, the United States is currently experiencing moments of tension in which racial, social and gender issues continue to divide the population. Seeing a new cast mixed with faces from the original series would have huge appeal if the producers understood that a revival of The West Wing still has room in the new decade.
Dennis Franz and David Caruso
New York Against Crime
One of the most important dramas in the history of American TV, New York Against Crime (1993-2005) challenged conservatism at the end of the last century and broke barriers by showing sex and nudity in prime time. The series followed the routine of a police district in Manhattan and showed the characters fighting crime and venturing into illicit activities.
As with Buffy, a reboot of the series was in development and ended up being shelved. The attraction would star Fabien Frankel (Christon Cole from House of the Dragon) as Theo Sipowicz, son of the protagonist of the original, Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz). The rookie would try to prove himself as a police officer by entering the same department as his father to investigate his murder.
In 2019, Karey Burke, president of the ABC Entertainment network, told Deadline that the project had not been approved, but that he was in talks for it to be revamped. “There are conversations about continuing it, but possibly in a different version,” she explained.
Since then, no news about the revival has been announced by ABC. A return to this universe to explore the crimes and police activities of present-day Manhattan would have a lot of appeal, considering that franchises like Law & Order and One Chicago remain extremely popular in the United States.
The polarity that engulfed the population and which would yield a return to The West Wing also serves New York Against Crime. In a society as plural as the city that never sleeps, seeing the characters facing social and racial issues so high would certainly draw attention.
Adam Brody, Rachel Bilson, Mischa Barton and Ben McKenzie
A teen hit of the 2000s, The OC (2003-2007) is still remembered as one of the main teen series of the 21st century. The plot revolves around Ryan Atwood (Ben McKenzie), a poor and rebellious boy who was adopted by a wealthy family in Orange. County, a noble county of Los Angeles, was an audience phenomenon at the beginning of its career and turned actors into true Hollywood stars.
Despite the drop in ratings and the death of the protagonist Marissa Cooper (Mischa Barton) led to the cancellation of the series, The OC is still highly cited on social networks as a production that deserved a revival.
The space for the franchise to return exists. In the last episode, which had a jump in time to show the future of the characters, Ryan found a boy with difficulties that reminded him of his meeting with the Cohen family. After hesitating for a moment, he offered to help the boy, indicating that he would do the same as Sandy (Peter Gallagher), Kirsten (Kelly Rowan) and Seth (Adam Brody) had done for him years before.
With so many iconic characters like Summer Roberts (Rachel Bilson) and Julie Cooper (Melinda Clarke), The OC would have enough nostalgia appeal for fans to take on new life. Who wouldn’t want to see what Seth and Summer’s children, who got married in the final episode, would look like?
So, between titles like Buffy and The OC, which series would you bring back in a revival?