Friday, May 22, 2009

Question of the Day

ABC plans to bring back V, the mid-1980’s sci-fi series about “Visitors” from another world who looked human but were really reptiles in drag who planned to enslave the world. It was a thinly-veiled metaphor for the Holocaust. This time it will probably be about terrorism or something appropriate for the time (Dick Cheney munching a live rat, perhaps?).

There’s also plans afoot to do a series based on the 1989 Ron Howard comedy Parenthood. If that sounds familiar, it’s because NBC tried to make a series based on the film in 1990. It lasted twelve episodes. But TV relies on short-term memory, so here we go again, this time with Craig T. Nelson.

This isn’t the first time that a series has been revived; I remember an attempt to bring back Perry Mason in the early 1970’s with Monte Markham as the sleuthing lawyer, and The Odd Couple has been tried again, too. Both, by the way, bombed, but hope — for ratings, if not art — springs eternal. But some things are best left to memory and reruns on TV Land.

That leads to:

What TV series would you like to see revived? And which of your favorites would you not like to see brought back?

By “revived,” I mean a new version of the original series, not a spin-off, like Star Trek – The Next Generation, etc.

I would like to see Hill Street Blues again, and updated… although I think NBC’s Southland is coming pretty close. I would not like to see them try to bring back M*A*S*H or Barney Miller. They were one of a kind, especially the gang at the old 1-2.