Sarabhai vs Sarabhai and 3 other TV milestones set to make a comeback
2017 could be the best or worst year of your tv life
Aside from the ability to hibernate like bears and skip months at a time, there are many necessities human beings could do with right now. ‘Revival of TV classics in current time’ falls near the top of that very real list.
The reason for the hysteria surrounding these revival announcements might be due to the sense of nostalgia they invoke. They remind us of a simpler time when the world wasn’t threatened by an orange baby and melting ice caps. So when the makers of Sarabhai vs Sarabhai announced that the show is coming back soon, the internet naturally lost its collective mind.
While a Friends revival might still be what TV -obsessed dreams are made of, here are all the classics that are being rebooted in 2017:
The show - often heralded as all that is good and pure in modern Indian television - is all set to make a comeback this May. Producer JD Majethia confirmed that the hit show is going to be revived as a web series after 11 years. Once again we'll be treated to Maya Sarabhai’s edicts on Monisha’s particular brand of ‘middle class-ness’ and Rosesh’s attempts at poetry.
"We have received so much support from fans online some of whom have even volunteered to finance the show if it returns. During the discussion we agreed that none of us wanted a never-ending TV series but a shorter term online was a good idea," said Majethia, on the decision to bring back the show as a web series.
The show will feature a leap of 7 years in the story’s timeline and retain its original cast, with some new additions.
Disclaimer: We’re not talking about shirtless Ryan Gosling recreating the iconic lift from the movie with Emma Stone. Not this time.
ABC is all set to remake Dirty Dancing in 2017. Before you bring out the pitchforks, the revival is not technically a revival, more like a ‘reimagining’ in lead actor Abigail Breslin’s words. 19-year-old Breslin is going to play Baby to Colt Prattes’ Johnny. She recently shared the poster for the movie on her Instagram.
The 3-hour TV musical will also have Debra Messing play Baby’s mom. The rest of the cast includes Bruce Greenwood, Nicole Scherzinger, Sarah Hyland, Katey Sagal, and Billy Dee Williams. It’s set to release on May 24th.
Jane the Virgin’s showrunner Jennie Snyder Urman is all set to bring back the trio of witches who use their magical abilities to fight evil. The show is going to be revived with an all new cast and is reportedly going to be set in 1976. The prequel-esque show will feature the same theme of witches banding together against evil forces, but this time in a small town in New England and without any apparent ties with the original storyline.
The much-loved comedy from the 90s announced its return to television for a so-called 9th season recently.
The buzz about the revival started after the original cast reunited in September last year to shoot a video for the, then upcoming, US elections.
"We're thrilled that one of the smartest, funniest, and most defining comedies in NBC history is coming back," said NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt in a release. "This groundbreaking series for everything from gay rights to social and political commentary -- all disguised as a high-speed train of witty pop culture -- is coming back where it belongs."
While there’s very little information available right now, the 10-episodes special is going to air in the channel’s 2017/18 broadcast season.