What to remake of the new network schedules

Meet the new Magnum: Jay Hernandez stars as a former Navy SEAL who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii. Photo: Karen Neal/CBS

The 2018 US network upfronts in New York last week were about as stale as a decades old dough-nut.

Viewers are being asked to choke down more revivals in the wake of the tremendous success of ABC’s Roseanne. Reboots of Murphy Brown, Magnum (both CBS) and Charmed (The CW) all made the network’s fall schedules. Canada, too, has caught the retro bug, with CBC ordering six new episodes of it’s late ’80s, early ’90s hit, Street Legal.

It could have been even more nostalgic. Broadcasters passed up, for now, planned relaunches of others shows from the ’70s and ’80s, including The Greatest American Hero, Cagney & Lacey and Miami Vice. All three seem so of their time to me, especially Vice. Please, people, take all those pastel jackets to Value Village already.

How will the revivals that did make the cut do next fall? Read my projections here in the Toronto Star at this feature I wrote for The Canadian Press.

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