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Rebooting has become a popular way of taking something that’s old and making it new again. From memorable films like Mary Poppins, Aladdin, The Lion King and many others to classic television shows like Charmed, Murphy Brown, SWAT, and MacGyver, the reboot is becoming quite the norm in good old Hollywood. While some reboots, like the new Magnum PI, is a fresh take on the Tom Selleck original, there are some instances where a reboot is not entirely necessary.

One reason why is that it ruins the memorable impression that the original show left on the fans when they ended. Yes, I am well aware that shows like SWAT, Magnum PI, MacGyver and Hawaii Five-0 have been revamped in some fashion, either with familiar faces from other shows or new faces that we will get to know, but those are new versions of the show with actors playing either the same characters or different ones. It’s not like Will & Grace and Roseanne where the same actors return to play the same characters that they have played ten or even thirty years ago. Granted, these shows do bring back some form of nostalgia for fans but I think it’s better off being left alone like the classics that they are rather than dust it off, re-wrap it in new, shiner paper and present it to the masses hoping that people will tune in on a daily basis. You don’t want it to end up like the fidget spinner where it’s all the rage one minute and old and forgotten the next. I mean, it’s not like we’re going to have a reboot of Friends or Frasier anytime soon. Although rumours have been spreading about a possible Frasier reboot after spotting the good doctor himself, Kelsey Grammer, carrying what looked like a script in London. I, for one, am quite skeptical about the whole thing so I’ll believe it when they actually do it.

Another reason that reboots are not entirely necessary is timing. The show may have been super popular in the years that they aired but it may not connect with the current audience as it did then since things have changed over the years and so people’s tastes in shows may have changed as well. Take Charmed, for instance. Back when it first aired in 1998, it was all anyone would talk about along with Buffy the Vampire Slayer. I saw the first episode of the rebooted/new version of Charmed at last years’ San Diego Comic-Con, where I attended as press on behalf of TVOvermind, during the Charmed panel and while I wasn’t familiar with the original storyline, a co-worker friend of mine is and she disliked the new version with a passion.

She mentioned after we finished watching the first episode of the reboot that the original cast members were not asked to be involved in said reboot when it was being made and that if they were, they would’ve been involved since the beginning. One of the original cast members even said on social media that she “will never understand what is fierce, funny, or feminist in creating a show that [flat out] says the original actresses are too old to do a job they did 12 years ago. I hope the new show is far better than the marketing so the true legacy [of the show] does remain.” There is a certain level of uncertainty on my part if the new version of the show has indeed kept the original show’s legacy intact since I haven’t watched it aside from the pilot episode, but like all new shows, reboot or otherwise, I wish them nothing but the best and hope that they don’t end up being a one season occurrence.

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