TV revivals and reboots to watch out for in 2017

With the success of Gilmore Girls, Fuller House and The Exorcist it’s no wonder the revival and rebooted trend for television is going to continue well into 2017.

Here are the shows that have been revived, remade and adapted from the big screen for 2017, and we’ve already seen two in January, One Day at a Time and Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, both from Netflix.

Which rebooted or revived show are you looking forward to seeing in 2017?

One Day At A Time is a new original on Netflix in January Day at a Time

A reimagining of the Norman Lear classic, centring on a Cuban-American family. Our heroine is a recently separated, former military mum (Justina Machado) navigating a new single life while raising her radical teenage daughter and socially adept tween son, with the “help” of her old school Cuban-born mum (Rita Moreno) and friends-without-benefits building manager named Schneider.

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Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events

Based on the internationally best-selling series of books by Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) and starring Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris, Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events recounts the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans – Violet, Klaus, and Sunny – whose evil guardian Count Olaf will stop at nothing to get his hands on their inheritance. The siblings must outsmart Olaf at every turn, foiling his many devious plans and disguises, in order to discover clues to their parents’ mysterious death.

The eight-episode series is a Netflix original production, executive produced by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler, and also stars Patrick Warburton (Lemony Snicket), Joan Cusack (Justice Strauss), Malina Weissman (Violet Baudelaire) and Louis Hynes (Klaus Baudelaire).

Available January 13

Lemony Snicket’s A Series Of Unfortunate Events

Twin Peaks

It’s been 25 years since the last series, but the show is being brought back by US cable network Showtime, who will present 18 new episodes all written by creators David Lynch and Mark Frost, and all directed by Lynch.

The new series features a starry line-up including past cast and new faces.

Original stars of the show including Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee will return, as well as big names from Lynch’s past films including Laura Dern and Naomi Watts.

Michael Cera, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tim Roth and Amanda Seyfried are also set to star.

There’s no word yet on the official premiere, although it’s expected in the first half of 2017.

Twin Peaks has been revived for 2017

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Prison Break

Michael and Lincoln are coming back in 2017, and it’s picking up with the characters several years after we left them in the show.

The first official trailer reveals that T-Bag who tells Lincoln that Michael might just be alive, and Scohield is indeed holed up in a grim-looking foreign prison, and of course he’s plotting an escape, sending cryptic messages to Lincoln and C-Note to secure his exit, post-haste.

No official date on when it will premiere but again it’s expected in the first half of 2017.


Prime Suspect the original series, which starred Helen Mirren, began in 1991 and concluded with 2006’s The Final Act.

Created by Lynda La Plante, who wrote the early instalments of the original, the six-part drama portrays the early career of iconic, tenacious detective Jane Tennison — the role that established Mirren as a household name. Stefanie Martini now stars as the ambitious 22-year-old Jane, a probationary officer in 1970s London who’s starting out in an environment where chauvinism and rule-bending are the norm.

Tennison begins as Jane is thrown into a brutal murder inquiry, witnessing first-hand the devastating effect of violent crime, and experiencing tragic ramifications herself. Immersed in the music, fashion and politics that defined a generation, the series follows her as she establishes herself in a workplace dominated by men.

No premiere date as of yet.

Watership Down

Beloved novel Watership Down will be reinterpreted into a four-part animated mini-series produced by the BBC. Set in the idyllic rural landscape of southern England, this tale of adventure, courage, and survival follows a band of rabbits on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stout-hearted pair of brothers, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, towards a promised land and a more perfect society.

No premiere date as of yet.

Watership Down is being rebooted in 2017

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Dear White People

Netflix are reviving the satirical series – which picks up where the acclaimed 2014 film of the same name left off – follows a group of Winchester University’s students of colour as they navigate a diverse landscape of social injustice, cultural bias, political correctness (or lack thereof) and sometimes misguided activism in the millennial age.

Set against the backdrop of a predominantly white Ivy League university where racial tensions bubble just below the surface, Dear White People is a hilarious send-up of “post-racial” America that weaves together the universal story of finding one’s own identity and forging a wholly unique path. Through an absurdist lens, Dear White People utilises biting irony, self-deprecation and sometimes brutal honesty to hold up a mirror to the issues plaguing society today, all the while leading with laughter.

Dear White People will come back as a TV series on Netflix

The Worst Witch

Netflix is reviving The Worst Witch for a new series once again based on the books by Jill Murphy.

The show follows the ever-clumsy Mildred Hubble and her adventures as a student at Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches. Complete with broomsticks, potions and spells, The Worst Witch will resonate with every child who’s ever dreamed of learning magic – and anyone who’s just getting comfortable with being themselves.

No premiere date yet.

Dirty Dancing

Abigail Breslin is taking on the famous role of Frances ‘Baby’ Houseman in a TV remake of the iconic Dirty Dancing. The Lionsgate TV-Allison Shearmur Productions program will be a re-imaging of the 1987 movie that stars Jennifer Grey as a wide-eyed ingénue named Baby whose world is opened when she falls for Patrick Swayze’s dance instructor at a 1960s summer resort in the Catskill Mountain.

As opposed to other productions in this genre like NBC’s recent “The Wiz Live!” and Fox’s upcoming “Grease Live,” this version will be taped ahead of broadcast, rather than presented as a live event.

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Another classic being made into a TV movie this year is Beaches. Idina Menzel and Nia Long star in the remake, which premieres in the US this month.

The new take on the 1988 Bette Midler – Barbara Hershey weeper about two lifelong friends who stick together across several decades, will see Menzel as CC (Midler’s role) and Long as Hillary (Hershey’s role).

A Beaches TV remake is coming in 2017

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Big Hero 6

Disney’s Oscar-winning film, which is based on the Marvel comics of the same name, is being adapted into an animated series on Disney XD. The show hails from Kim Possible creator Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley. The series picks up immediately following the events in the movie and continues the adventures of 14-year-old tech genius Hiro and his robot Baymax.

Blue Crush

One of the most popular surf movies, Blue Crush, is headed to television. NBC has given a script commitment with penalty to a series based on the 2002 Imagine feature directed by John Stockwell, which starred Kate Bosworth, Michelle Rodriguez and Sanoe Lake.

Lizzy Weiss, who co-wrote the movie with Stockwell, will pen the series adaptation and will executive produce.

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