At this stage, it’s facile to point out that television has a problem with new ideas, especially since the past year was riddled with all manner of reboots and returns and revivals. And this isn’t letting up. Two weeks ago, Netflix announced its intention to make a dark reboot of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, starring Kiernan Shipka. Last week, Sister Sister was magically resuscitated. Will & Grace and the X-Files are again with us, and there will be more. But what will they be? Using a highly scientific formula (basically just looking at shows that started about 20 years ago, since that appears to be the yardstick) I am about to predict the biggest television revivals yet to be announced. Be warned: I will refer to this piece victoriously when they all come true.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Surely – surely! – plans are already in place to bring Buffy back? Millions of adults in their 30s and 40s absolutely relied on the show to steer them through their tricky adolescence, and now they’re in a position to force their kids to watch as well. A 2018 Buffy revival is absolutely necessary. Imagine: Buffy the Vampire Slayer but without the bad hair or stupid clothes. The dream.