26 Spin-Off & Reboot TV Shows Making a Comeback

Becky Bracken | Oct 4, 2018 TV
26 Spin-Off & Reboot TV Shows Making a Comeback

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Like a well-worn Snuggie, there are just some shows that will always bring the warm and fuzzy feels. Whether reminders of better, more innocent times, or just an opportunity to catch up with beloved characters, fans are hungry for reboots of shows they loved long ago ... and this season's lineup -- whether on broadcast, cable, or streaming service -- delivers.

From animated classics, to '80s and '90s appointment shows, kids shows, and game show favorites and more, this fall's schedules (and beyond) have taken a decidedly retro tack -- wooing viewers to their platforms with familiar faces, concepts, and titles. Only time will tell which of these revivals will stick and bring a whole new generation of fans along for the ride.

There's plenty of evidence that audiences love a reboot. Fuller House, for example, brought back to life by Netflix, was panned by critics, but lapped up by fans. It was an early success that caught the attention of other broadcast, cable, and streaming networks as a way to serve their audience with a property they already owned and was a proven winner.  

"Netflix really kicked this into high gear with Fuller House," one studio chief told The Hollywood Reporter about the reboot of the Full House series. "It's one of the worst shows that I've ever seen, but it's by far their most watched. It woke everybody up to look at their own libraries."

Other classic shows followed -- Will & Grace, Roseanne, and Gilmore Girls -- were quickly put back into production, much to the delight of fans.

With those successes last season, this year's offerings are chock full of reboots, revivals, and rebirths of titles fans have loved and studios hope still have audience appeal.

Here are 26 spin-offs and reboots headed to TV soon (or currently on the air), aimed at recapturing their former fans.

  • 'Magnum P.I.'

    Magnum P.I.

    Actor Jay Hernandez reprises the role of Thomas Magnum in CBS's new series, Magnum P.I. The show, once made famous by Tom Selleck, follows the former Navy SEAL who now operates as a private investigator. Magnum P.I. first aired on September 24, and still appears to be going strong.

  • 'Dancing With The Stars: Juniors'


    Dancing With The Stars: Juniors takes the original dance competition format and lets child celebrities -- including Honey Boo Boo -- compete for a mirror ball trophy of their own. Juniors will be hosted by Season 25 winner Jordan Fisher and finalist Frankie Muniz, and judged by Mandy Moore, dancer Val Chmerkovskiy, and Stars: Athletes champ and Olympian, Adam Rippon. The new series starts on Sunday, October 7 at 8 p.m. ET.

  • 'Charmed'


    The original Charmed series ran on the WB from 1998 to 2006, starring Shannen Doherty (for a time), Alyssa Milano, Holly Marie Combs, and Rose McGowan. The show centered around three sisters who also happen to be witches. The 2018 Charmed reboot was announced in 2017, and will largely follow the same format as the original, with more diversity and updated story lines -- even dealing with today's toxic politics.

    The new series premieres on Sunday, October 14 at 9 p.m. on ET on the CW.

  • 'The Conners'


    Since Roseanne Barr's spectacular Twitter meltdown, she's parted ways with ABC, leaving the Roseanne reboot unceremoniously scrapped. But ABC wasn't ready to give up on the cash cow. This season, the network will air a spinoff, The Conners, with the same cast of characters -- Dan, Jackie, Darlene, Becky, and DJ -- minus it's former star.

    The Conners premieres on ABC on October 16 at 8 p.m. ET.

  • 'Legacies'


    A spinoff of The Originals, Legacies focuses on Hope Mikaelson, daughter of Klaus and Hayley, a descendant of witches, werewolves, and vampires, who finds herself in a school where kids like her learn to control their supernatural powers.

    This series premieres on Thursday, October 25 on the CW.

  • 'Chilling Adventures of Sabrina'


    Based on the comic book, Netflix is bringing Chilling Adventures of Sabrina to its service. As her 16th birthday is approaching, Sabrina will be forced to choose between the world of witchcraft and her human friends.

    Part one will be available on Netflix starting October 26.

  • 'Deal or No Deal'


    The classic game show, Deal or No Deal, is headed back to CNBC. It will star its original host, Howie Mandel. The premise remains the same: Contestants are asked to choose between the mystery amount of cash in one of 26 briefcases, or choose to go with "the Banker" for a chance to win the ultimate prize, $1 million.

    The new show premieres on December 5 on CNBC.

  • 'Schooled'


    Schooled, coming to ABC is a spin-off of the hit The Goldbergs. Set in the '90s, the show follows the teachers of William Penn Academy, who are messy, but still manage to inspire their students.

  • 'America's Got Talent: The Champions'

    America's Got Talent: The Champions

    This new spin-off of the original America's Got Talent will feature standout contestants from previous seasons who come together and compete to win -- joining favorites from other countries' Got Talent competitions. America's Got Talent: The Champions is produced by American Idol mastermind Simon Cowell and promises a season full of memorable performances.

  • 'The Twilight Zone'


    Half of the Key and Peele comedy duo and genius behind the film Get Out, Jordan Peele, will produce and host a reboot of The Twilight Zone on CBS All Access. The original Twilight Zone, hosted by Rod Serling, aired from 1959 to 1964.

    The new series is slated to premiere in 2019.

  • 'Roswell, New Mexico'


    Aliens will live among the humans once again in Roswell, New Mexico, a CW reboot of teen drama, Roswell. The series is scheduled to premiere on April 29, 2019.

  • 'Veronica Mars'


    Marshmallows rejoice! At the end of September Kristen Bell announced a reboot of Veronica Mars is happening. "Veronica has always been a super hero without a cape," she wrote on Instagram post announcing the revival. "And I think she's exactly what the world needs right now." Agree.

    The episodes will be available Summer 2019, according to Kristen.

  • 'Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists'


    This sequel to Pretty Little Liars is based on the book, The Perfectionists, by Sara Shephard, the same author behind Pretty Little Liars. Everything in Beacon Heights seems perfect, but the stress of being perfect all the time leads to murder.

    Find out the truth behind the facade with characters Sasha and Janel on Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists, which will air on Freeform.

  • 'Animaniacs'


    A reboot of Animaniacs is slated to come to Hulu in 2020 with Steven Spielberg returning as an executive producer of the series. Animaniacs debuted in 1993 and ran for five seasons.

  • 'Bewitched'


    Sixties romp Bewitched is getting a makeover, thanks to Black-ish creator Kenya Barris, who has reimagined the retro relationship between Samantha, a witch, and Darren, a suburban mortal in more modern -- and realistic -- way. Black-ish writer-producer Yamara Taylor pitched in to create the characters, which, in her words reveals "... that even when a black girl is literally magic, she's still not as powerful as a decently tall white man with a full head of hair in America."

  • 'The Hills: New Beginnings'


    Filming has already started on The Hills: New Beginnings -- which we now know includes former O.C. star Mischa Barton. A follow-up to the original reality series, the kids are grown up professionals and parents and have a new brand of drama to bring to the screen. Audrina Partridge and Stephanie Pratt were spotted filming the new series in Los Angeles late last summer.

  • 'Party of Five'


    Nineties classic Party of Five is getting a reboot, too, but with a twist. In the original, the siblings are orphaned after their parents are killed by a drunk driver. In the modern version, the five now Mexican-American Buendias kids are left on their own following their parents' deportation.

    The new series will air on Freeform.

  • 'Conan the Barbarian'


    Amazon has signed on to bring a new Conan The Barbarian series to the streaming service, directed by Game of Thrones director, Migues Sapochnik. Although the Conan character dates back to the 1930s, the most well-known actors to don the fur cloth are Arnold Schwarzenegger in the 1982 film, and Jason Momoa, also from Game of Thrones, who starred in the 2011 remake.

  • 'ALF'


    Warner Bros. Television announced a reboot of ALF, the show starring a puppet alien who eats cats and has a strong dad joke game, from the late '80s. The show is still in the early stages of development, but one concept being considered is a storyline where ALF, which stands for Alien Life Form, has been captive at Area 51 since the original show ended in 1990.


  • 'Blue's Clues & You'


    A whole new generation of kids will get to follow the clues to find the puppy in Blue's Clues & You. The new Nickelodeon series, starring Broadway's Joshua Dela Cruz, is currently in production.

  • 'Daria'


    Daria Morgendorffer is coming back in a spinoff of the original called Daria & Jodie. Jodie, like Daria, excels in academics. But unlike her, she's popular and upbeat. MTV said in a statement, "Viewers will watch these two smart young women take on the world, with their signature satirical voice while deconstructing popular culture, social classes, gender and race."

    Our prayers for a beloved MTV '90s TV show to come back has been answered!

  • 'Rugrats'


    A Rugrats revival is on the way, and fans are psyched to introduce Tommy, Chuckle, Phil, Lil, and Angela to a whole new generation of kids. Nickelodeon has already ordered 26 episodes, which are currently in production, and a live-action movie with computer-generated characters thrown in. The original Rugrats aired on Nickelodeon from 1994 to 2004.

  • 'Real World'


    For more than three decades, MTV's The Real World has been attracting viewers and breaking down barriers -- putting strangers in a house together and rolling cameras to catch the drama. Now, MTV is looking to reinvent the series, much in the same way it did for Jersey Shore with the Family Reunion episodes. The new Real World series is likely to be sold to a streaming or video on demand service, rather than airing on MTV, according to Deadline Hollywood.

  • 'Supermarket Sweep'


    The classic game show with a cult following, Supermarket Sweep, is headed back to TV again. It first gained popularity in the late '60s, but grew a huge following when it was first rebooted in the '90s by Lifetime. There's no broadcaster committed to airing the series (yet), but producers are shopping it around.

  • 'Temptation Island'


    The original Temptation Island from the early 2000s was hosted by Mark L. Walberg -- not to be confused with Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg -- and was all about setting married couples up to cheat on each other. And the result was some good old-fashioned, messy fun. Turns out that kind of thing never really goes out of style. USA Network is reportedly in negotiations to bring Temptation Island series back to television.

  • 'Wife Swap'

    Wife Swap

    CMT announced it's bringing back Wife Swap. The show originally aired on ABC from 2004-2010, and paired two couples from vastly different backgrounds and had them exchange spouses for two weeks.

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