Is CBS seriously taking on a remake? Apparently so.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, CBS has the rights to the original show which aired from 1968 to 1980, and CSI: NY writers Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will be taking a stab at developing the show and writing the pilot.
This actually comes as a surprise to me, from a network who tried developing an updated version of Hawaii 5-0 last year with Criminal Minds, which, in my opinion, is a strong show. But then again, why not jump on the remake wagon.
Some current name for name, concept for concept remakes out there now are shows the generally make me cringe and I do not watch because I’m a purist. Which is to say, if the original worked, don’t mess with a good thing. But there they go, messing with it.
Currently, the CW is home to not one but two remakes: 90210 and Melrose Place. And last year saw the coming and immediate going of the Bionic Woman.
What am I hoping comes next? Happy Days. Ooooh! OR Mork and Mindy. Or maybe Laverne and Shirley. But seriously, I’ve said it before when I complained about having to watch the premiere of the new 90210, remakes are a waste of time.
If they were a success to start with, that doesn’t mean they will be a success now, 30 years later.