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Thoughts On the Potential Buffy and Nanny Reboots

Success in the entertainment industry in general and on television is sometimes like catching lightning in a bottle. You may get lucky once, but getting lucky twice is an opportunity that very few experience.

Nostalgia, especially in Hollywood is often the impetus for the creation of certain television shows and movies. These days, nostalgia for the 1990’s opened the door for both Will and Grace and Roseanne (that is, before the show was cancelled due to the Roseanne Barr’s Twitter foot in mouth disease) to be successfully rebooted. But that doesn’t mean that every rebooted movie or television show based on a classic will be a hit.

Back in the day, Buffy The Vampire Slayer and The Nanny were two of the most popular shows on television. So naturally the question came about from the studios about rebooting both Buffy and The Nanny.

As much as I would be interested in a reboot of both shows, the reality is that not every television show that was rebooted was successful. The modern reboots of Charlie’s Angels and Bionic Woman failed miserably.

Only time will tell if both shows are rebooted and how successful the reboots may be. But sometimes, it’s best to let the past remain in the past and that includes television shows.

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Throwback Thursday-Bionic Woman TV Series (2007)

Television has a way of reflecting the reality of the audience.

The 1970’s were a time of change in America. Women were demanding their rights, no longer content or willing to just be the meek and mild help meet to the men in their lives.

The Bionic Woman was on the air from 1976-1978. It told the story of Jaime Sommers (Lindsay Wagner), a female athlete who wakes up from surgery after an accident to discover that she has artificial limbs and extraordinary capabilities.

In 2007, the show was rebooted. Michelle Ryan stepped into the very large shoes of Lindsay Wagner as Jaime Sommers.

The creative team was banking on nostalgia and the demand for female characters that go beyond the traditional roles women have played on-screen. While I have not seen the original show, I knew enough to know that the reboot was a pale comparison of its predecessor.

Do I recommend it? No.

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