Almost two years ago, NBC made mythological leather fetishists and geek dreams come true by announcing plans to reboot the cheesy 90s television gem Xena: Warrior Princess. They even promised that, unlike the first time around, they weren’t going to play coy about Xena’s relationship with her sidekick Gabrielle. We were going to get a full-on whip-cracking chakram-whipping lesbian primetime TV adventure series. Except now we’re not. Much like Gabrielle’s hair in the fourth season, plans for NBC’s reboot of Xena don’t look so good.
Shocker! Speaking of lack of original ideas, I was about to make a joke about how The Munsters was some bootleg version of the Addams Family, but apparently it only started six days after those Goth hussies first aired… and in the same week as Bewitched! I mean, Lyndon Johnson was in office, and he did resemble Grandpa Munster… and Lurch in certain light… and Endora if he wore a wig. Ok, I’ll stop.
Anywho, nothing is new at NBC these days, and Variety reports The Munsters reboot will take place in hipster Brooklyn. Because nothing is more monstrous than seeing an investment banker who lives in a Park Slope brownstone and dresses like Margaret Atwood flinging her latte in the face of a barista, because she asked for hemp milk not almond milk, thankyewverymuch. Oh, that’s not the show they meant? My B.
Not a lot of details are out, but Seth Meyers is one of the executive producers, and considering how dim the creative team seems at the channel lately, I’m sure some boob who takes everything so literal was like, “He works late… vampire… we just got our next reboot!” All these revivals are giving me a case of the Zzzzz’s… except… At the rate Nicole Kidman keeps applying SPF 90 on, I assume she’s planning for the starring role in the Casper The Friendly Ghost reboot. Now THAT I will see!
NBC is in the process of rebooting Miami Vice and Will & Grace, because originality is dead and nostalgia makes for a quick dollar. Of course, NBC is not the only network mining it’s past for content, but NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt is really on one right now. He’s also got his sights set on remakes or reboots of The Office, 30 Rock, ER and The West Wing.