With the return of The X-Files nearly upon us, and Twin Peaks, 24 and probably Too Close For Comfort in the wings, the world of 2016 reboots is a dizzying place.  Still, there are a number of lost favorites not returning (Firefly? The Greatest American Hero? My Two Dad’s?) and dozens of favorite creators looking for projects, which leaves us ample room for today’s casting couch query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) would love to see Battle Of The Planets/Gatchaman return to American shores, with my chosen creator being ‘Anyone But Haim Saban’, asking: What’s your dream pick for the next big revival or reboot and what creator do you want on charge?


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  1. A movie version of Red Dwarf, and by the same creative team as the TV series. It wouldn’t be a complete reboot, but neither would it be a direct continuation, just an alternate universe version of the ship and crew in a similar manner as the recent Star Trek films, with some or all of the original cast making an appearance in some capacity, like the movie crew could pick up a transmission from the original crew or Chris Barrie could appear as one of the various alternate universe incarnations of “Ace” Rimmer.

  2. I really don’t have any serious candidates, because almost all of my old favorites are still going (Ultraman, Gi I. Joe, Transformers) or so 80’s (Miami Vice, He-Man) that they couldn’t possible translate well to todays environment. I know, because most of them tried. Unless, they bring back Super Mario Super Show with Ron Jeremy as Mario and Borat as Luigi…

  3. The one true dream would always be Dean (‘Leverage’) Devlin doing an updated Mission: Impossible, to erase the memories of those Ethan Hunt movies. But it’s just a dream.

    But I’d be happy to see F. Gary Gray (‘Friday’, ‘A Man Apart’, ‘Straight Outta Compton’) reboot ‘New Jack City’ as a TV drama series.

  4. With hour-long super-hero shows being as popular as they are right now, a “Greatest American Hero” reboot with Neil Patrick Harris would be ideal (but never going to happen).

    Netflix appears to be working on “Voltron” now, so I can cross that off my wish list.

    I’d love to see an update of any of what we use to refer to as the “Force Five” properties as well (Gai King, Grandizer, Dengar Ace, etc).

    If I could have one above all others, though, it would be “Quantum Leap.” Not a reboot, but a story picking up “Twenty-Something Years Later” with the son of Sam Beckett jumping into the Quantum Leap Accelerator and vanishing in an attempt to find the father he never met. Guest Appearances by Dean Stockwell, Scott Bakula, and the guy who played Bartender-God in the original series finale are a must.

    • With hour-long super-hero shows being as popular as they are right now, a “Greatest American Hero” reboot with Neil Patrick Harris would be ideal (but never going to happen).

      WOW that would be freaking awesome. Great idea!

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    Reboot of Cheers with Kurt Sutter (of Sons of Anarchy fame) leading the production. This time the Cheers bar would be a dive bar, and the characters would have to face the consequences of their actions. Norm’s alcoholism, Sam’s womanizing, etc. would be all take a darker turn. Carla would be the same.

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