TV Series Revivals Currently In The Works
Television at the moment seems to be awash with reboots and remakes, but amongst those shows, there are also some revival series. These are shows which are continuations from the original story, either bringing back the original cast, or set in the same “universe” as the original show. With this list, we’ve tried to stick with shows that have been confirmed as commissioned, rather than shows which are “in development”, and therefore may or may not make it to series.
CSI: Vegas – CBS – Autumn/Fall 2021
The return of the long-running franchise ‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ to celebrate it’s 20th anniversary… albeit a year late, due to the pandemic. William Petersen and Jorja Fox are set to return as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle alongside some other old faces and a new team. When an existential threat arises that could bring down the Crime Lab, a brilliant team of forensic investigators must welcome back old friends and deploy new techniques to preserve and serve justice in Sin City. For those unable to make it to Vegas at the moment but enjoy having a flutter, check out vegas-promo-code.co.uk. The show is being billed as an “event series”, although if it goes well, it seems possible it could return full-time.
Dexter – Showtime – Autumn/Fall 2021
TV’s favourite serial killer is back! The original eight-season run of ‘Dexter’ premiered in the Autumn/Fall 2006 on Showtime in the USA and starred Hall as Dexter Morgan, a complicated and conflicted blood-spatter expert for the Miami police department who moonlights as a serial killer. The hope is that this revival series will help erase the memory of the… shall we say “less than well-received”… finale. Michael C. Hall returns to the title role, alongside the legendary Clancy Brown, who is set to play the “big bad”.
Frasier – Paramount+
At the end of last month, it was revealed that Kelsey Grammer is set to return in a revival season of the sitcom ‘Frasier‘. The original series starred Grammer as Harvard-trained psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane who had returned to his hometown of Seattle, Washington, following the end of his marriage. His bachelor life is quickly cut short, when he is forced to take in his father, Martin (the late John Mahoney), along with Martin’s dog Eddie. To help out Frasier hires Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) as a live-in carer, whilst he works on his call-in psychiatry show on local talk radio, working alongside producer Roz Doyle (Peri Gilpin). His other source of help (and hindrance) is his brother Niles (David Hyde Pierce). At the moment, the only confirmed cast member is Grammer, although other former cast members have been approached about returning.
Criminal Minds – Paramount+
The finale only aired last year, but ‘Criminal Minds’ is already back for a “revival” series. The drama revolves around an elite team of FBI profilers at the Behavioral Analysis Unit who analyze the country’s most twisted criminal minds, anticipating their next moves before they strike again. What makes the 10-episode revival somewhat different to previous seasons is that it will track a single case across the run, rather than following a weekly case format. Most of the final season cast look set to return, along with a few other faces.
Untitled ‘Bosch’ Series – IMDb TV
Amazon drama ‘Bosch’ hasn’t even aired its finale season yet, but it has already been revived, albeit in a slightly different configuration, for the free Amazon-owned US streaming service IMDb TV. Based on Michael Connelly’s best-selling books, the new drama will follow Harry Bosch as he embarks on the next chapter of his career and finds himself working with his one-time enemy and top-notch attorney Honey “Money” Chandler. With a deep and complicated history between this unlikely pair, they must work together to do what they can agree on – finding justice.
Gossip Girl – HBO Max
This one falls into the category of continuation/reboot, as the new 10-episode series is set eight years after the original website went dark, with a new generation of New York private school teens who are introduced to the social surveillance of “Gossip Girl”. The series will address just how much social media – and the landscape of New York itself – has changed in the intervening years. Emily Alyn Lind (‘Code Black’), Whitney Peak (‘The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina’), Eli Brown (‘Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists’), Johnathan Fernandez (‘Lethal Weapon’) and Jason Gotay (‘Peter Pan Live!’) are set to star.
Battlestar Galactica – Peacock
This new iteration of ‘Battlestar Galactica’ comes from ‘Mr. Robot’ creator Sam Esmail, and he is very keen to stress it is not a remake of the beloved Ronald D. Moore version, but will “explore a new story within the mythology while staying true to the spirit of Battlestar.” The drama has been ordered by streaming service Peacock, although it is still pretty early in development, so we don’t have any real details beyond that. However, Moore has given his blessing to Esmail to create the series, which is a good sign, so we’ll have to see what he comes up with!