With 2016 just around the corner, TV fans can start looking forward to a seemingly endless stream of TV reboots, remakes, and even movie-based spin-offs. From a Full House reboot on Netflix to talk of MacGyver making a network comeback, the next 18 months promise to be drenched with nostalgia for viewers of all ages.
To help keep you in the loop, below is a sampling of some of the more exciting, head-scratching, and downright odd TV reboots set to hit your screen in just a few months.
Hot off the presses, Prison Break is coming back to Fox more than 10 years after season 4 concluded. Given the finale of season 4, it’s going to be interesting to see how season 5 will be structured and which original cast members might be returning. Regardless, it will be nice to see Michael Scofield up to his old tricks again. Expect Prison Break to debut on Fox sometime in March of 2016.
Somehow, someway, a complete reboot of Full House is slated to air on Netflix next year. Impressively, every single character from the original will be back, save, of course, for the Olson twins.
Ah, The X-Files, a true 90s classic. Fans of the X-Files are some of the most passionate you’ll find for any show, which should make the program’s January 24 debut on Fox a can’t miss event. Notably, original cast members David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson will be reprising their respective roles as Fox Mulder and Dana Scully.
The official trailer for the new X-Files can be seen below.
Though season 4 got some mixed reviews, there were still plenty of laughs to go around to justify a season 5. And lest any AD fans fret over the controversial season 4 format remaining in place, show creator Mitch Hurwitz has acknowledged that season 5 may be more in line with seasons 1-3.
While an official release date hasn’t yet been confirmed, previous reports have pointed to production kicking off sometime in early 2016, paving the way for a release date in late 2016, if all goes according to plan.
School of Rock
A TV series based off of the 2003 comedy film starring Jack Black is set to air on Nickelodeon next year. The series is being positioned as a musical comedy and won’t feature any of the original cast, which makes sense given that the original cast of kids are now well off into their mid-20s.
Originally released as an action-comedy back in 1998, Rush Hour, starring Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker, spawned two sequels. And now, fans of the film can look forward to a TV adaptation of the movie set to air on CBS in 2016.
You check out a trailer for the upcoming series below.
Childrens cartoons are also prone to getting the reboot treatment. Though the original DuckTales didn’t have the longest run (1987-1990), Disney managed to crank out 100 episodes featuring Scrooge McDuck and his three grandnephews. A reboot of the show is slated to air on Disney XD in 2017.
Based on the 1989 John Hughes comedy, Uncle Buck will return as a TV series on ABC for the 2015-2016 season.
A semi-official trailer for the show can be seen below.
Set for release in 2016 on A&E, a revamped version of Roots will debut as an 8-part miniseries based on the famed 1976 novel penned by Alex Haley. Some of the more notable names attached to the project include Forest Whitaker, Laurence Fishburne, and announced just this past week, Mekhi Phifer and T.I.
Netflix is planning to revive this popular comedy-drama in 2016, about 9 years after the series’ original run concluded. Don’t expect a full season, though; the Netflix reboot will consist of four separate 90-minute episodes.
Based on the string of films starring Liam Neeson, NBC has opted to turn Taken into a TV show which will focus on how Neeson’s character came to acquire those “particular set of skills” he famously boasts about. In other words, this is a prequel. A launch window for Taken hasn’t yet been made public by NBC.
Mystery Science Theater 3000
Thanks to an exceedingly popular Kickstarter campaign put together by show creator Joel Hodgson, MST3K will enjoy six new episodes. If the Kickstarter is fully funded to the tune of $5.5 million, fans of the show can expect a full 12-episode season run.
Currently untitled, CBS will be airing a new Star Trek TV series that will premiere in January of 2017. Interestingly, the show promises to introduce new Star Trek characters.
Celebrity Death Match
Fans of MTV back in the late 90s certainly remember this show. Quirky to say the least, the show featured claymation celebrity figures fighting each other WWE style.
Other shows in the works
Other shows reportedly in the works but without a specific launch window include MacGyver (CBS), Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous (NBC), Lethal Weapon (FOX), The Notebook (CW), Bewitched (NBC), and Cruel Intentions (NBC).