Charlie’s Angels. The Fugitive. Dragnet. All of those were well-known television shows that were rebooted to ill effect. In fact, website because the reboots were so short-lived, ill-conceived and easily-forgettable, few people remember that these classic shows were rebooted. At the upfront meetings this week, CBS presented its first MacGyver trailer showing that the network is now attempting to reboot the classic show starring Richard Dean Anderson.
There are clear reasons for pessimism here but there are also great reasons for optimism.
The original show aired from 1985-1992 so it’s a show that millenials grew up on. It’s a show, like Full House and Boy Meets World, that had an audience that remembers it fondly. The audience for the original programs like Charlie’s Angels and Dragnet were a bit older when their reboots aired and were probably not inclined to tune in to see their programs remade. We’re living in a different culture now: where reboots and remakes aren’t unusual. In fact, they’re often expected.
Additionally, CBS has scheduled the new MacGyver right before Hawaii Five-O, another reboot of a well-known television property. Hawaii Five-O, which will be entering its seventh season this fall, proves that reboots can work effectively and defy the odds against them. Like MacGyver, the original Hawaii Five-O was a long-running series and was rebooted by CBS with a young, fresh cast.
Here’s the official description of the new MacGyver from EW.com:
A reimagining of the television series of the same name, following a 20-something MacGyver as he creates a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.
The new program will be launching this fall and stars Lucas Till (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and CSI‘s George Eads.
Check out the show’s trailer below.