There’s an interesting article in Sunday’s New York Times about how almost every old television show that gets rebooted or remade fails miserably, yet Hollywood keeps on producing remakes. Some of the examples: “The Fugitive,” “Bionic Woman,” “Beverly Hills 90210,” “Melrose Place,” “Knight Rider,” “Dragnet” (starring Ed O’Neill as Joe Friday), and “The Twilight Zone” (with Forrest Whitaker in Rod Serling’s place).
In the history of network television, no remake of a previous hit series has ever become a hit itself on network television. [The successful remake of “Battlestar Galactica” lived on cable -Ed.]
And yet next year network TV will give us remakes of “Charlie’s Angels” (ABC), “The Rockford Files” (NBC), and “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS). Sigh.
The article also has four paragraphs quoting a college professor who analyzes the history of failure using terms like “aesthetic dissonance,” but it fails to state the extent to which television executives are idiotic inbred jackasses who spend their careers failing up the corporate totem pole. It’s kind of fun to see the shortcomings of journalism and network TV dovetail like that.