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

More reboots -including one far removed from its original- confirmed in the US.

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

15 Responses

  1. 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.

      1. Could be a pitch to Amazon Prime as amongst all their Australian shows they have Number 96: The Movie (1hr 48min), with a 16+ Rating and basically what is left of the show put together in a semi-coherent storyline … however yeah who would play Abigail.

        As a note NBC did try and do Number 96 in 1980: youtu.be/IX3WvRe3IMI

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