Is 2018 the Year of the Reboot and Revival?
Recently, television networks have been announcing the return of beloved series. The prospect of money motivates this “reboot and revival” on channels across the world. The year 2018 appears to lead the charge in this movement.
What is the difference between a reboot and a revival? A reboot may share a title with the original series and revolve around the same characters, but it will always feature a new cast of actors. Examples of reboots include Dynasty, Charmed, Roswell, MacGyver, Queer Eye, and Magnum P.I. A revival, on the other hand, shares a continuity with the original series and will revolve around most of the original cast members. Recent examples of revivals are Will & Grace, Murphy Brown, Twin Peaks: The Return, Arrested Development, Fuller House, and Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life.
To put reboots and revivals into numbers, currently, CBS has nine, the CW has five, NBC has four, and ABC has two. They even had an award for the best revival show at the 2018 People’s Choice Awards.
Why the sudden resurgence of reboots and revivals? Despite what we the viewers want to believe, the main goal of television studios is to make money. With so much TV right now, a surefire way to make money is to go back to what worked in the past. Cue the revival of dozens of shows from the past decades. TV studios bank on the audience already knowing the characters and the plot; the audience does not need to be sold on the show. Because these combinations of characters and storylines have worked in the past, with the proper script and casting, it could work again.