Reboots galore: Battlestar Galactica, Saved by the Bell, Punky Brewster, Hogan’s Heroes.

Reboots and revivals continue to be the rage in the US with more confirmed or in development.

NBCUniversal has confirmed an ad-supported streaming service Peacock will launch in the US in April 2020 with library shows.

Later in the year it will be the home of at least 3 reboots: Battlestar Galactica, Saved by the Bell and Punky Brewster.

Mr. Robot‘s Sam Esmail will produce a new Battlestar Galactica (the third incarnation).

Punky Brewster will be a multicamera/hybrid continuation of the 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets a young girl who reminds her a lot of her younger self.

Saved by the Bell comes from Tracey Wigfield, with Mario Lopez. When California governor Zack Morris gets into hot water for closing too many low-income high schools, he proposes they send the affected students to the highest performing schools in the state – including Bayside High. The influx of new students gives the over privileged Bayside kids a much needed and hilarious dose of reality.

Peacock will also feature Season 4 of A.P. Bio, an adaptation of Brave New World and an untitled Real Housewives spinoff.

Peacock is not yet confirmed for Australia, and the library titles at least may well be tied up elsewhere.

Meanwhile a reimagined version of Hogan’s Heroes will be a single-camera action adventure comedy series set in present day, focusing on the descendants of the original heroes, now scattered around the world, who team up for a global treasure hunt. Ok, that’s not just reimagining, that’s another premise entirely!

This is being rebooted by the original series co-creator Al Ruddy, Village Roadshow Entertainment Group and Rough House Pictures. A broadcaster is not yet announced.

Source: Deadline


  1. Glass Portcullis

    Not sure if it counts, but I attempted watching the 3 ‘lost’ episodes of Dad’s Army a couple of weekends ago (with high hopes). Original scripts + new cast. I’m not sure what the BBC were thinking. Definitely a show of its era (which I love still). Kevin McNally does his best Arthur Lowe impersonation but I was left wanting.

  2. The treasure hunt thing sounds more like a remaking of ‘It’s A Mad, Mad World’ than anything else-the original ‘Battlestar’ wasn’t very good but the 2000s reboot was a triumph that spawned its own universe with ‘Caprica’, ‘The Plan’ and ‘Blood & Chrome’ expanding it-cannot see why a reboot would be needed in any way.

  3. Jᴏʜɴɴʏ 1ᴘ5

    The Amazing Race: Hogan’s Heroes Edition.

    Apparently Sam Esmail will be doing an adaptation of the 1927 film Metropolis for Peacock as well.

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