TV reboots you didn't know were being made

For several years, reboots have been all the rage in Hollywood movie-making, with some examples like The Amazing Spider-Man (2012), Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), and IT (2017) raking in huge amounts of cash at the box office. Television producers haven't been blind to this trend, and a number of reboots and revivals have made their way into the prime time lineup and various streaming services as well over the last few years. You may be familiar with some of the recent reboot offerings—like MacGyver, The Powerpuff Girls, or the new Roseanne revival—but there are more on the horizon. Here are some of the upcoming TV reboots in the works right now.


Say all you want about Mean Girls, Pitch Perfect, or Bring it On, but the 1988 black comedy Heathers is the granddaddy of all toxic clique movies. The film starred Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer, a good girl who becomes caught up in the web of popularity spun by the three "Heathers" at Westerburg High School. Christian Slater co-starred as Jason "J.D." Dean, a rebellious new student who convinces Veronica to help him turn the social pyramid at Westerburg upside down by picking off the cool kids one by one.

The new Heathers reboot will be a TV series airing on the Paramount Network (formerly SpikeTV) in 2018. The story will take place in present day with an updated "Heathers" crew. Grace Victoria Fox stars as Veronica Sawyer, with James Scully as J.D. While OG Heathers cast member Shannen Doherty will be returning, it won't be in her original role as Heather Duke. Instead, the series will feature Melanie Field as Heather Chandler, Brendan Scannell as a male take on Heather Duke, and Jasmine Mathews as Heather McNamara.

Bug Juice

If you were too young during the late-'90s heyday of reality TV to watch shows like The Real World, you might have ended up watching Bug Juice instead. Produced by the Disney Channel, Bug Juice was a family-friendly reality series that focused on the lives of 20 kids from around the country who are brought together for a summer of fun and new experiences at camp. It premiered in 1998 and ran for three seasons. However, after its cancellation in 2001, the show continued to gain new fans through regular reruns on the Disney Channel.

In August 2017, Disney announced that it was reviving the series with a planned premiere in early 2018. Many of the original Bug Juice crew will be returning for the new show, including executive producers Douglas Ross and Alex Baskin. The new Bug Juice will feature kids aged 10-12 and will take place at Camp Waziyatah in Maine—the site of the first season of the original series.

Miami Vice

From 1984 to 1989, the NBC crime drama Miami Vice practically ruled the airwaves. Starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas as two undercover detectives with the Metro-Dade Police Department, Miami Vice soared to the top of the ratings for its unique take on the police procedural drama. The New Wave art-inspired look and rock-music sound of the series set it apart from other cop shows of the era, as did the focus on drug-trafficking and prostitution. Miami Vice racked up an impressive fifteen Emmy nominations and four wins for its first season. After its cancellation in 1989, the popular show lived on in reruns and via a 2006 film adaptation.

In August 2017, NBC announced that it was developing a reboot of Miami Vice in conjunction with production companies headed by Vin Diesel and Chris Morgan of The Fast and the Furious franchise. While no cast or official premiere date has been announced, it seems unlikely that NBC would shut the door on a show that did so well for them the first time around.

Magnum, P.I.

Along with Miami Vice, Magnum, P.I. was one of the top crime-drama shows of the 1980s. It aired on CBS for eight seasons, from 1980 to 1988. The show starred Tom Selleck as Thomas Magnum, a military veteran who uses his unique skills to set himself up in Hawaii with a new career as a private investigator. The show collected plenty of hardware during its eight-year run, including 19 Emmy nominations and two wins.

Although rival network ABC tried to develop a Magnum, P.I. sequel series in 2016, starring Eva Longoria as Magnum's now-adult daughter, their project never got off the ground. In 2017, CBS reclaimed their once-successful show by announcing they were developing a complete reboot of the series. The rebooted series will follow a premise very similar to the original, but updated for the present. Like in the original series, Magnum will be an ex-Navy SEAL and intelligence officer, but while the original Thomas Magnum was a Vietnam vet, his modern incarnation will be newly returned from a tour in Afghanistan. A premiere date hasn't been set just yet, CBS, however, has committed to a new Magnum, P.I. pilot.

The Munsters

While the '60s sitcom The Munsters only ran for two seasons initially, it later found a large following through years of reruns and numerous follow-up films. Like the similarly themed The Addams Family, the show was an amalgam of traditional monster movies and family friendly sitcoms. The Munster family lives in Mockingbird Heights, a fictional suburb in California. Other than their monstrous  appearance, The Munsters was a typical family sitcom in the vein of My Three Sons and Leave it to Beaver. Despite it's silly and slapstick nature, The Munsters also broke new ground: it was the first American TV series to depict a husband and wife sleeping in the same bed. After its cancellation in 1966, The Munsters went on to spawn five different movies and also a sequel series, The Munsters Today.

While the show originally aired on CBS, the distribution rights now belong to NBC—who unsuccessfully tried to launch a reboot of the series in 2012. The failed pilot for Mockingbird Lane—starring Jerry O'Connell and Portia de Rossi—aired as a Halloween special but was not picked up for further development by the network. It seems that NBC wasn't ready to completely throw in the towel, though. In 2017, the network announced that a new reboot of The Munsters was in the works in conjunction with comedian Seth Meyers and Universal Television. The reboot will update the series for today, transplanting America's "First Family of Fright" from their old California suburb into the hipster playground of Brooklyn, New York.

The Jetsons

In the category of "Does this really need a reboot?," ABC announced in August 2017 that they are working on a live-action reboot of the classic 1960s Hanna-Barbera cartoon The Jetsons. Like the original series—which premiered on ABC in 1962—the reboot will be set 100 years in the future and follow the exploits of George Jetson, his boy Elroy, daughter Judy, and Jane, his wife. Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) will executive-produce the reboot, which will be written by Gary Janetti (Will & Grace, Family Guy). ABC hasn't announced a premiere date yet, but because they've committed to give the show a pilot, audiences are all but guaranteed to get their first look at this new live-action Jetsons series sooner or later.

Lost in Space

For the last several years, Netflix (and other streaming services) have been encroaching on the domain of traditional production companies by producing and airing their own original movies and TV shows. A recent addition to Netflix's planned slate of upcoming originals could prove to be a huge win for the streaming giant: a reboot of the classic '60s science fiction series Lost In Space. In 2016, Netflix put in an order for 10 episodes of the new series, which will premiere in May 2018. Most of the cast of the new series has already been announced, with Toby Stephens starring as expedition commander John Robinson. Like the original Lost in Space, the reboot will be set in the future and will largely follow the main premise of Irwin Allen's 1965 version.


While you may have to wait a little longer to watch most of these reboots, CBS' reboot of the 1970s action crime drama S.W.A.T. is available right now. In 1975, ABC took elements of its popular police procedural series The Rookies and spun it off into the new action drama series S.W.A.T. The show focused on team leader Dan "Hondo" Harrelson, who leads a team of S.W.A.T. officers as they respond to various dangerous situations. While the show only ran for two seasons originally, it later spawned a 2003 remake movie starring Colin Farrel and Samuel L. Jackson.

In early 2017, CBS put in a pilot order for a S.W.A.T. reboot that would draw on elements from both the original 1975 series and the 2003 film. The reimagined version stars Shemar Moore as Harrelson, along with Stephanie Sigman, Alex Russell, Jay Harrington, Lina Esco, Kenny Johnson, Peter Onorati. The rebooted S.W.A.T premiered on November 2nd, 2017. After the premiere generated good ratings among audiences, the network went on to give S.W.A.T. the green light for a full first season. You can catch the CBS series on Thursday nights at 10 p.m. Eastern, and the first three episodes of the show are currently available to watch on the network's website.

The Twilight Zone

Rod Serling's classic 1959 anthology series The Twilight Zone has gone on to become one of the most beloved TV shows of all time. Over the years, it has spawned numerous revivals, a movie, and other adaptations. Despite the large amount of Twilight Zone material already available out there, CBS is moving ahead with a reboot of the classic series. The network announced in November 2017 they were developing a new version of The Twilight Zone in conjunction with comedian and Get Out director Jordan Peele.

CBS is planning to have Zone join shows like Star Trek: Discovery on their All-Access digital platform, but audiences might see it pop up on the network, which is where Discovery premiered.   

Four Weddings and a Funeral

Hold onto your butts, rom-com fans: a reboot of the 1994 British blockbuster Four Weddings and a Funeral is reportedly in the works with streaming service Hulu. The original movie was an unexpected breakout success, earning nearly $250 million worldwide on just a $3 million budget and racking up dozens of award nominations and wins after its theatrical premiere.

According to their announcement, Hulu is working with original Four Weddings screenwriter Richard Curtis and MGM TV to develop an hour-long anthology series based on the film. The Mindy Project star Mindy Kaling is attached to executive produce, but a number of other people involved in the original movie's production have been brought on board with her. With these key figures and MGM TV involved, the prospects for a Four Weddings and a Funeral reboot actually making it are looking pretty good. MGM TV has previously created two other successful television reboots based on films—Fargo and Get Shorty. According to Deadline, Hulu could possibly make a straight-to-series order on the project in early 2018.