Spinoffs and reboots are the gift that keeps on giving.
The streaming landscape is embracing the idea of “what’s old is new again” in 2021 and well, it’s not surprising. Reboots and spinoffs thrive on nostalgia, and in a time with so much uncertainty, the notion of “good old days” is really all we have to cling to.
Not to mention that many reboots and spinoffs have seen an unprecedented amount of success, which convinces networks and streaming giants that this is what the people want!
Here are all the reboots and spinoffs in the works in 2021:
In early December, Variety reported that a True Blood reboot was in early stages of development at HBO. Riverdale/Chilling Adventures of Sabrina creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is attached to the script and set to producer with original series creator and showrunner Alan Ball also joining the project. It’s unclear if the original cast is set to return or make any guest appearances, but based on Anna Paquin’s tweet, which claims she knew nothing of the reboot, it’s not in the cards for now.
Well, this is the first I'm hearing about this. https://t.co/aiNIKfnuyR
— Anna Paquin (@AnnaPaquin) December 9, 2020
Little House on the Prairie
Back to the farm! Entertainment Weekly noted that Paramount TV Studies and Anonymous Content were developing the long-awaited reboot as an hour-long drama series.
The queen of the Internet is making a comeback! A revival of the Miranda Cosgrove-led comedy has been ordered at Paramount+, the streaming service currently known as CBS All Access, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Cosgrove will reportedly reprise her character, Carly. She’ll be joined by original cast members Jerry Trainor (Spencer) and Nathan Kress (Freddie).
This one is tough because can you really replace iconic characters like Serena van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, and Chuck Bass? HBO Max sure hopes so. The reboot, set to premiere in 2021, is introducing a slew of new faces to the Upper East Side. The Joshua Safran created spinoff will be a “a continuation of the original show” and follow a new generation of upper-class Manhattan teens who fall prey to the infamous gossip site. And word is, there will be some familiar faces making appearances. Kristen Bell is also returning as the voice of Gossip Girl. XoXo.
Dexter is returning to Showtime! The cable network ordered 10 episodes of the limited series which brings back Michael C. Hall as the titular character. The Hollywood Reporter notes it’s a continuation of the original series and plans to air in the fall of 2021.
“Dexter is such a special series, both for its millions of fans and for Showtime, as this breakthrough show helped put our network on the map many years ago,” said Showtime Entertainment president Gary Levine. “We would only revisit this unique character if we could find a creative take that was truly worthy of the brilliant, original series. Well, I am happy to report that Clyde Phillips and Michael C. Hall have found it, and we can’t wait to shoot it and show it to the world.”
The hit Nickelodeon animated series which ran for 9 season starting in 1991 is returning a decade later with new baby adventures for Tommy, Chucky, Phil and Lil, and Angelica. Many of the actors who voiced the characters are set to return along with the original show creators.
Both the 26-episode season and the live-action film with CGI characters, which was delayed from a 2020 release to 2021, are set to premiere.
Soleil Moon Frye returns as spit-fire Punky Brewster, now a single mom-of-three in the 10-episode series rebooted at Peacock. As she attempts to get it together, she meets Izzy (Quinn Copeland), a young girl in foster care who she immediately forms a connection with. Freddie Prinze Jr. will also appear in the pilot episode as Punky’s ex-husband.
— Peacock (@peacockTV) April 16, 2020
As if! A reboot based on the iconic 1995 film is in development at Peacock, per Deadline. The series focuses on Stacey Dash’s character, Dionne, from the the movie and the 1996 series adaptation. It’s unclear if Dash is set to appear.
Here’s a synopsis for the series: A baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latté and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when the high school queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?
The reimagining of the long-running 1990s action/crime series Walker, Texas Ranger is probably the most promising as it is set to premiere on The CW on January 21. Supernatural’s Jared Padalecki will star as the titular character, a widower and father of two who runs on his own moral code.
Per the synopsis, Walker will attempt to reconnect with his creative and thoughtful son (Kale Culley) and his headstrong, somewhat rebellious teenaged daughter (Violet Brinson) and navigate clashes with his family – an ADA brother (Keegan Allen) who stepped in during Walker’s absence, his perceptive mother (Molly Hagen) and his traditional rancher father (Mitch Pileggi). Walker’s former colleague is now his Ranger Captain, (Coby Bell). Walker finds unexpected common ground with his new partner (one of the first women in Texas Rangers’ history) played by Lindsey Morgan, while growing increasingly suspicious about the circumstances surrounding his wife’s death.
Check out the trailer below:
— Jared Padalecki (@jarpad) December 14, 2020
Sex and the City
HBO Max is looking to return to its roots with a reboot of its mega-successful dramedy Sex and the City. Deadline confirmed it would be a limited series. However, not all the ladies have signed on for the project. The New York Post notes that while Sarah Jessica Parker, Kristin Davis and Cynthia Nixon are interested in reprising their characters, Kim Cattrall is not. Will that sway audiences?
A League of Their Own
Amazon gave a series order to the reboot hailing from Broad City‘s Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham, per The Hollywood Reporter. It will be a reinterpretation of the original film based on the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League while exploring themes of race and sexuality amid the women carving their own path. Jacobson, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez and Priscilla Delgado will star.
The “ish” franchise continues to grow. First there was Black-ish, then there was Grown-ish, followed by Mixed-ish, and now, there’s Old-ish. ABC is developing the spinoff with Laurence Fishburne and Jenifer Lewis reprising their roles as Earl “Pops” Johnson and Ruby Johnson, the parents of Anthony Anderson’s Dre.
The Book of Boba Fett
Riding on the success of The Mandalorian, Disney+ announced the spinoff centered on Bounty Hunter Boba Fett during the series’ second season finale. The Book of Boba Fett is set to debut in December 2021. Temuera Morrison will return from the prequel trilogy, with Ming-Na Wen joining him as Fennec Shand.
Law & Order: Organized Crime
Law & Order: SVU is one of NBC’s most-successful and longest-running scripted dramas. Dick Wolf, responsible for a handful of TV shows including #OneChicago, hopes the Christopher Meloni spinoff, which has been delayed due to the COVID pandemic, will also bring in the eyeballs. Meloni is set to reprise his role of Elliot Stabler. Expect plenty of crossovers – that’s NBC’s thing!
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
A… is that you? HBO Max has ordered a reimagined version of the ABC Family/ Freeform hit, Pretty Little Liars from Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Original creator Marlene King is not involved.
Per the synopsis: “Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls — a brand-new set of Little Liars — find themselves tormented by an unknown assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago … as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-RAGE, horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe — in a brand-new town, with a new generation of Little Liars.”
Summer TV 2021: 13 Shows and Movies Heating Up Your Screen
The weather isn’t the only thing heating up!
As society reopens following the COVID-19 lockdowns, your summer itinerary likely includes hitting the beach and the pool, checking out local patios, throwing a BBQ, and catching some rays!
But after a long day of being out and about, there’s nothing better than settling in with a good, new show.
Thankfully, there are plenty of new shows, movies, and seasons waiting for you this summer!
From scandalous teen dramas to psychological thrillers — there’s something for everyone to binge-watch!
Check out our list below:
Why Women Kill – June 3 (Paramount+)
In the second season, Allison Tomlan (Good Girls, Emergence) stars as Alma a meek housewife looking to join an elite garden club run by Rita Castilla (Once Upon a Time’s Lana Parilla) when she unearths a secret about her husband that flips her world upside down!
In the Heights – June 11 (HBO Max)
From the man that brought you Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda does it again with a musical that celebrates New York’s mostly Puerto Rican neighborhood of Washington Heights and the lives and dreams of those living in it. Watch the first eight minutes below:
Kevin Can F**k Himself – June 13 (AMC)
Annie Murphy’s first post-Schitt’s Creek role is a promising one. She plays the role of a housewife perfectly, but she longs to break free from the confines of a sitcom wife and land the lead role while realizing that she wants to murder her husband. The series attempts something that’s never been done before as it alternates between “single-camera realism and multi-camera comedy.”
Elite – June 18 (Netflix)
Murder, mystery, sex, intrigue — Elite has it all. If you’ve seen the first three seasons, you know what to expect from the students of Las Encinas. If you haven’t, well, you’ve got some time to catch up before season 4 drops!
Sex/Life – June 25 (Netflix)
Gossip Girl – July 8 (HBO Max)
The series that shot Blake Lively to worldwide fame returns! Are you ready to return to the Met steps and read more tea from the private school teens? The new version of the beloved hit series taps into the role social media plays in the spread of gossip amongst NYC’s elite. We bet you’ll find yourself tuning in simply for the nostalgia factor.
Fear Street: A Film Trilogy Event – July 2, 9, and 16 (Netflix)
Think of this as Halloween in July! Netflix has tapped into R.L. Stine’s novels for the three feature films, which will debut over the course of three Fridays. The movies are set in three different time periods — 1994, 1978 and 1666 — and focus on the haunted town of Shadyside, home to a spirit that possess people and forced them to commit murders.
Virgin River – July 9 (Netflix)
Virgin River is a small town with lots of drama. And Mel is gearing up to find out who shot Jack in the upcoming third season, which teases “a funeral, a fire, divorce, a hurricane, and a new romance.”
Schmigadoon! – July 16 (Apple TV+)
SNL’s Lorne Michaels brings together two of the greatest comics, Keegan-Michael Key and Cecily Strong, for a six-episode musical series that parodies iconic Golden Age Musicals. The duo star as a couple that goes backpacking in hopes of reviving their romance when they stumble upon a town living in a 1940s musical. The worst part? They can’t leave until they find “true love.” Other notable names include Alan Cumming, Kristin Chenoweth, Aaron Tveit, Dove Cameron, Ariana DeBose, Fred Armisen, Jaime Camil, Jane Krakowski and Ann Harada.
Roswell, New Mexico – July 26 (The CW)
Nine Perfect Strangers – August 18 (Hulu)
Is there anything Nicole Kidman can’t do? Hailing from the author who also wrote Big Little Lies, this star-studded mini-series finds nine people (Melissa McCarthy, Bobby Cannavale, Michael Shannon, Regina Hall, Samara Weaving and Manny Jacinto) who attend a health-and-wellness retreat where they find themselves “transformed,” and not in a good way.
The Chair -August 27 (Netflix)
Grey’s Anatomy’s Sandra Oh stars as Professor Ji-Yoon Kim, the first female chair of a university’s English department, in the six-episode satire. Oh also serves as executive producer alongside creator Amanda Peet. Much of the plot is being kept under wraps, but the synopsis teases that we’ll see the “trials and tribulations” of her role within the department.
Only Murders in the Building – August 31 (Hulu)
If you love whodunit’s, you’re going to love the 10-part comedy starring Steve Martin, Martin Short, and Selena Gomez as three strangers who love crime stories and bond over a murder in their apartment complex on the Upper West Side.
What to Watch in June 2021 Guide: Loki, Elite, The Bachelorette and MORE!
The weather is heating up and so are your TV choices!
There are plenty of exciting options coming your way in June, so there’s absolutely no reason for you to be bored this summer!
Get ready to lounge by the pool and binge-watch these new shows and movies!
Why Women Kill – Paramount+ (June 3)
The second season of the anthology series takes place in 1949 Hollywood and follows socialite Rita Castillo (Lana Parilla) and meek housewife Alma (Allison Tolman).
Sweet Tooth – Netflix (June 4)
Based on the beloved DC Comic, the Netflix series takes place in a post-apocalyptic fairytale about a hybrid deer boys adventures. Robert Downey Jr. serves as executive producer.
Lupin: Part 2 – Netflix (June 11)
The heist continues! Per the synopsis: “Assane’s quest for revenge against Hubert Pellegrini has torn his family to pieces. With his back to the wall, he now has to think of a new plan, even if it means putting himself in danger.”
The Bachelorette – ABC (June 7)
Katie made quite the impression when she arrived on Matt James’s season with her trusted vibrator. She then earned the love of Bachelor Nation for being one of the only women in the house not to bully others. Now, she’s on her quest for true love! Will she find it?
Home Before Dark – Apple TV (June 11)
The second season of the mystery drama consists of 10 episodes released weekly. It finds a young journalist investigating a suspicious explosion at a local farm.
Love, Victor – Hulu (June 11)
The Love, Simon spinoff returns for a second season and tackles the hardships of coming out, which makes it the perfect binge-watch for Pride month!
Loki – Disney+ (June 11)
Marvel fans, suit up! Loki is one of the most anticipated releases of the month! Thor fans will get a deeper look at Tom Hiddleston’s character and what happened to his character in the aftermath of Avengers: Endgame.
iCarly – Paramount+ (June 17)
It’s beginning to feel like the 00’s in here! The iCarly reboot brings back Miranda Cosgrove and friends! Per the synopsis, it’s set to “pick up nearly 10 years after Nickelodeon’s original show ended and finds Carly Shay, the original influencer, and her friends navigating work, love and family in their twenties.”
Elite – Netflix (June 18)
It’s getting hot in here. A new mystery, new romances, and new drama unfolds at Las Encinas at the start of the new school year, which brings some new faces!
Too Hot To Handle – Netflix (June 23)
The second season of the reality competition is heating up summer as sexy singles face a $100,000 celibacy challenge.
Bosch – Amazon Prime (June 25)
The last handful of episodes of the series will arrive at the end of the month ahead of the IMDb TV spinoff!
Luca – Disney+ (June 18)
Let Disney+ sweet you away to Portorosso! In the animated film, two sea monsters inhabit human bodies and begin exploring the Italian Riviera! The Pixar film is the second to drop straight to the streaming platform without a theatrical release right after the award-winning Soul!
The CW Reveals Summer Finales for ‘Legacies,’ ‘Nancy Drew’ and More!
The TV season is bleeding into the summer months.
And we’re not mad about it at all.
Typically, the summer season tends to be a bit dry when it comes to new shows, but due to the pandemic, networks were forced to be flexible with the schedule.
As a result, we’re going to be lounging by the pool with plenty of new episodes to binge!
Here’s when all the summer finales will air:
Monday, May 24
9/8c Black Lightning
Wednesday, June 2
9/8c Nancy Drew
Thursday, June 24
Sunday, June 27
Sunday, July 16
Monday, July 19
8/7c All American
Tuesday, July 20
8/7c The Flash
Wednesday, July 21
8/7c Kung Fu
Thursday, August 12
Tuesday, August 17
9/8c Superman & Lois
And don’t forget to check out all the summer premiere dates on The CW that include Riverdale, Roswell, New Mexico, In the Dark, and The Republic of Sarah.
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