An explosion of TV reboots has occurred ever since the Battlestar Galactica phenomenon occurred and the networks said, “I’ve got to get in on that”. Now there have been progressively more remakes every year, 2010 having the most with three of them: Nikita, Hawaii Five-0, and The Rockford Files. It’s too bad TV remakes have had bad track records thus far. For the sake of TV, one of these recent remakes needs to be a hit if this reboot fad is to continue, but that’s not likely to happen given their disastrous history. Instead of arguing this outcome, we will let history speak for itself with a list of TV remakes and their reception starting from the originator, Battlestar Galactica.
Battlestar Galactica (2004-2009)
What a fine show. It’s actually iconic by not just sci-fi standards but by TV standards in general, a vast improvement on a cult series from the 70’s. From the looks of this show, every proceeding remake should get progressively better?
Bionic Woman (2007-2007)
It has a recurring character played by Battlestar Galactica’s Starbuck. What could go wrong… other than everything? This lackluster remake didn’t even last a full season.
Knight Rider (2008-2009)
Not exactly a show that translates well to present day television, Knight Rider 2008 started off bad and just got worse. Why? The great innovation they came up with to bring this silly show from the 80s to the 21st century was the super car transforms into a truck and a lead that made Hasslehoff look good.
The response to teen dramas flooding the airwaves: remake a teen drama from the 90’s, even though the actors were in their 30’s. What else would just another show about high school and social status get but a below average following and 1st on the cancellation watch list.
Melrose Place (2009-2010)
People probably enjoyed the insane soapiness of the original, but the 2009 version was somehow tame by comparison and had a few casting problems, mostly Ashley Simpson. Its failure to excite earned itself an early cancellation.
One of the most anticipated series of the 2009-2010 season, V was slated to be the next big sci-fi phenomenon. Although it received huge ratings in its debut, V quickly declined in popularity and the series narrowly escaped cancellation in its brief first season. Surviving a second season is not looking good. This only marks the latest in a long line of remake failures. If the next line up of remakes repeats the same failure as V and all that came before, networks should seriously consider giving up on remakes.