“Canceled” is one of the worst words you can hear in the entertainment industry. For the cast and crew as well as the viewer, the disappointment can be fierce. We’ve all been there and have felt the epic disappointment at a favorite show going off the air.
Cancellation once meant a firm end to a show, but these days it might not stick. With the new trend of revivals and reboots, no series cancellation has to be permanent.
Here are a few revived shows that you should be watching:
- The Powerpuff Girls, Cartoon Network. Daily 6 p.m.
You knew and loved them in the late nineties and now you can love them again. That’s right, TPPG is back on Cartoon Network (and the original six seasons are available on Netflix). It’s amazing to see these sassy characters brought back to life after fifteen years of being off the air.
These strong female characters, Blossom, Buttercup and Bubbles, are back and better than ever. According to the new creators, viewers can expect feminist themes including women’s roles and gender identity and expression in the show. There is even a discussion of gender fluidity and rejection of established norms. TPPG are ready to kick some anti-establishment ass!
- Cruel Intentions, NBC. Coming soon
#CruelTV has taken over Sarah Michelle Gellar’s Instagram. That’s right, before our beloved SMG was Buffy, she starred as Katheryn Merteuil in the 1999 movie Cruel Intentions. The movie has a cult following, so there’s already a lot of excitement about the new series.
If you’re familiar with the film, the storyline will pick up with Katheryn vying for control of Valmont International and the soul of her nephew, Bash Casey, son of her brother Sebastian Valmont and his wife Annette Hargrove Casey. Things are off to an eventful start when Bash uncovers a hidden journal from his father and discovers who his birth father was. Get excited, this series is sure to be full of twists and turns!
- Gilmore Girls, Netflix. Four 90-minute movies.
Nine years after we left Rory and Lorelai in Stars Hollow, they will soon be back on screen via Netflix in four movie installments. The movies will cover Lorelai’s life with Luke, Rory’s career, and Emily’s time as widow. Recently it was confirmed that Sookie (Melissa McCarthy) will be returning, as of April 7, 2016.
Netflix is taking an interesting approach to everyone’s old favorite show by having each Gilmore Girls movie correspond with a season. Filming began in February in Los Angeles. Need to brush up? All of the original seven seasons are available on Netflix.
- Fuller House, Netflix. Season two coming soon.
In 2015, the rumors were revealed as true – Full House was coming back to air, but with a new name. Facebook was instantly ablaze with dozens of media sources sharing articles confirming the news– that the entire original cast, sans Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, were coming back for the new Netflix series, Fuller House.
When the show hit Netflix on Feb. 26, the response was overwhelming. Following a recently widowed DJ Tanner, the whole fambam moves back into their old house to help raise her three boys (sounds reminiscent, no?). The 13-episode season did so well that it was renewed for a second season less than a week after the first aired.
- Prison Break, Fox. Season five, 2016-17 season. (*2017 update – show has been canceled)
Prison Break is returning to Fox after doing seven years of hard time. Back for a fifth and refreshing season is your favorite duo, Lincoln Burrows and Michael Scofield. Following the show’s original four-season run, viewers get to see what happened between the penultimate episode and the made-for-television movie, Prison Break: The Final Break.
The new season will pick up several years after the first, with many of the original actors reprising their character roles. There will be ten episodes, and filming will commence in April 2016 in Vancouver.
6. Girl Meets World, Disney Channel. Season three coming spring 2016 (*2017 update – show has been canceled).
If you’re not new to the Boy Meets World revival that is the prodigious Girl Meets World, then you know the show has done very well thus far. Rowan Blanchard, starring as Riley Matthews, has taken on a highly anticipated role, both on the show and as a rising female actress. With seven years of Boy Meets World to live up to, Girl Meets World has done a fantastic job as a spinoff show. Disney Channel needed a refreshing show that would attract young, new viewers who had never seen the original, as well as welcome home the viewers of the original series.
Viewers can expect a different tone to the third season, according to creator Michael Jacobs. The show is going to take on more mature topics, while still considering the median age of its audience. Plot lines will get more serious as characters leap into their newly-found high school lives.
- Sabrina the Teenage Witch? Rumored possibility.
The rumor mill is up and in full swing, with news spreading that Melissa Joan Hart is in talks to reboot Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Joan Hart got fans abuzz on social media by stating in a PopSugar interview that she had received emails about a possible reboot and would be willing to reprise her role if the show was done well with a great premise. Joan Hart portrayed Sabrina for seven years on TV. She emphasized that the show would have to have quality control measures in order to be fantastic.
All we can say is that Sabrina should wave her finger and get that revival started! If these other shows can do it, this one can for sure.