31 TV reboots, remakes, and spin-offs that are in the works

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  • Plenty of iconic TV shows are set to be remade or rebooted in the coming months and years.
  • From classics like “Northern Exposure” to newer shows like “Gossip Girl,” the next few years will see lots of new versions of iconic series.
  • Films like “Clueless” and “Dune” are also getting rebooted or remade into TV shows.
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If a bunch of the new shows coming to TV this year sound familiar, there’s a reason why. You’ve seen them before in some way, shape, or form.

From beloved family comedies and cartoons to the revival of ’90s reality series, more than 30 shows are getting new lives on cable networks and streaming services.

Keep reading to see all of the reboots, revivals, and spin-offs you can expect to see make a comeback in the next few years.

“Animaniacs” (Hulu)

The WB/NetflixYakko, Wakko, and Dot are heading to streaming.

Premiere date: 2020

Reboot of: “Animaniacs” cartoon that aired for five seasons in the ’90s on WB.

What it’s about: The cartoon will, once again, follow the misadventures of the Warner siblings, Yakko, Wakko, and Dot, who live on the Warner Bros.’ lot. Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer.


HuluKelsey Grammer is weighing whether or not he wants to return to play Frasier Crane.

Premiere date: There are currently only talks about bringing the show back.

Revival of: “Frasier,” which aired on NBC for 11 seasons.

What it’s about: Kelsey Grammer told the Press Association in August 2018 he has discussed the idea of bringing his character back to television, but he’s not sure he wants to do it.

“Sister, Sister”

ABCThe series aired on ABC before it was cancelled and moved over to The CW.

Premiere date: In talks.

Reboot of: “Sister, Sister,” which aired for six seasons across ABC and The CW.

What it’s about: Twins, who grew up apart, start spending time together after a chance run-in. Jackée Harry, who starred as the mum on the original show told Steve Harvey in January a reboot was happening.


NBC‘Alf’ aired for four seasons from 1986 to 1990.

Premiere date: In early stages with Warner Bros. TV.

Reboot of: The ’80s show “Alf,” which starred an extraterrestrial who lived with a middle-class family on Earth.

What it’s about: It’s not clear whether or not a new series would follow the same alien or a different one.According to TVLine, Warner Bros. is searching for a writer for the reboot.

“Designing Women” (ABC)

Columbia Pictures TelevisionDixie Carter, Annie Potts, Meshach Taylor, and Jean Smart were among the women who starred on the show.

Premiere date: TBD; currently in early stages of development.

Reboot of: ’90s sitcom “Designing Women”

What it’s about: The original show followed four women working at a design firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Original creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason will be working on the show,according to Deadline.

“Lizzie McGuire” (Disney Plus)

Disney ChannelHilary Duff will reprise her Lizzie McGuire role.

Premiere date: TBD (likely sometime in 2020, since filming hasn’t started)

Reboot of: Disney Channel’s series, “Lizzie McGuire.”

What it’s about:Hilary Duff is set to reprise her role as the lead star, but the character will be 30 years old and living in New York City. There aren’t too many details yet, but Duff recently said that Lizzie will be an apprentice for an interior designer and engaged to a chef.

“Bewitched” (ABC)

ABCElizabeth Montgomery played witch, Samantha.

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: ABC sitcom “Bewitched,” which aired on ABC from 1964 to 1972 starring Elizabeth Montgomery as a witch, Samantha.

What it’s about: The new take on the classic would feature an interracial family with a young, black single mum who is also a witch who marries a mortal. The show is from “Black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and writer/producer Yamara Taylor.

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (Disney Plus)

LucasfilmGet ready to see more of Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker.

Premiere date: TBD

Revival of: “Star Wars: The Clone Wars”

What it’s about: Disney surprised fans at San Diego Comic-Con in July when it announced 12 new episodes of the beloved animated series will be released on the company’s upcoming streaming service, Disney Plus. The show was cancelled in 2013 after Disney purchased Lucasfilm the year prior.

You can watch the announcement trailer here.

“Party of Five” (Freeform)

FoxThe original show starred Neve Campbell, Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, and Lacy Chabert trying to get by after the death of their parents.

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: “Party of Five,” which aired on Fox for six seasons.

What it’s about: According to Freeform, the show will be a “modern reimagining” of the original show which starred Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert.

“Conan the Barbarian” (Amazon)

Universal PicturesJust don’t expect to see Arnold.

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: “Conan the Barbarian,” the movie with Arnold Schwarzenegger

What it’s about: The show will focus on the books, which follow Conan as he travels the world searching for his place within it. “Colony” co-creator Ryan Condal and “Game of Thrones” director Miguel Sapochnik are working on it.

“The Jetsons” (ABC)

ScreenshotIf we don’t get a live-action Rosie, we’re out.

Premiere date: TBD

Spin-off of: The animated “Jetsons” cartoon series.

What it’s about: The series will be a live-action version of the classic animated sci-fi series set in the future and will be filmed in front of a live audience. It will be executive produced by Robert Zemeckis (“Back to the Future”).

“Daria and Jodie” (MTV)

MTVThis time the show will focus on Daria and her friend.

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: MTV’s ’90s show “Daria,” which ran for five seasons.

What it’s about: The show will revolve around the “Beavis and Butt-Head” character, Daria Morgendorrfer and her friend Jodie Landon “taking on the world today.” It may not air on MTV.

“Rugrats” (Nickelodeon)

NickelodeonTommy Pickles and his baby brother Dil are at the centre of the Nick favourite.

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: Nickeoldeon’s hit ’90s animated series, “Rugrats.”

What it’s about: In July, Paramount announced the popular Nickelodeon cartoon series featuring Tommy Pickles and Angelica will get a 26-episode reboot. A movie is also planned for 2020.

“Supermarket Sweep”

ABCThe game show originally aired on ABC. It was also on Lifetime and PAX (now Ion Television).

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: Game show “Supermarket Sweep.”

What it’s about: The game show has pairs compete to run around a supermarket on a timed scavenger hunt to find particular grocery items to win a grand prize. It was first announced in October 2017, and Leslie Jones of “Saturday Night Live” was recently revealed to be the host.

“The Many Saints of Newark”

HBO‘The Sopranos’ prequel movie will look at another side of New Jersey in the ’60s.

Premiere date: TBD

Spin-off of: “The Sopranos”

What it’s about: The movie will be a prequel to the HBO series set during the Newark riots that took place in the ’60s.

“The Babysitter’s Club” (Netflix)

Columbia PicturesAlicia Silverstone will reportedly star on the revival of ‘The Babysitter’s Club.’

Premiere date: TBD

Revival of: “The Babysitter’s Club” (a TV show-turned movie, based off the books by Ann M. Martin)

What it’s about: The series will be based on the books, which follow five adolescent girls as they start their own babysitting business and grapple with issues facing modern teens.

“Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” (Showtime)

Showtime/CBSEva Green starred on the first run of ‘Penny Dreadful.’

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: “Penny Dreadful”

What it’s about: The reboot moves the action of the previous series (which was cancelled after three seasons) from Victorian London to 1930s Los Angeles, hence the title. According to TV Guide, the setting of the reboot is “steeped in Mexican-American folklore and social tension” and will focus on a cast of characters – some of whom are connected to powerful deities like Santa Muerte or the devil.

“High Fidelity” (Hulu)

Buena Vista PicturesJohn Cusack and Jack Black starred in the 1995 original film ‘High Fidelity.’

Premiere date: TBD

Remake of: “High Fidelity” (1995)

What it’s about: The film will be made into a TV series for Hulu, and will feature Zoë Kravitz as a record store owner who’s obsessed with pop culture and music. Kravitz’s mum Lisa Bonet starred in the original, which featured John Cusack as the record store owner.

“Amazing Stories” (Apple Plus)

NBC UniversalStephen Spielberg created ‘Amazing Stories,’ which originally aired in the 1980s.

Premiere date: TBD

Reboot of: “Amazing Stories” (1985-1987)

What it’s about: Much like the original, the reboot will feature horror, fantasy, and sci-fi tales directed by some of Hollywood’s biggest directors.

“Nash Bridges” (USA)

CBS Photo Archive/Getty ImagesDon Johnson and Richard ‘Cheech’ Marín starred on the original ‘Nash Bridges.’

Premiere date: TBD

Revival of: “Nash Bridges” (1996 – 2001)

What it’s about: The original show focused on an inspector, Nash Bridges, who worked in the San Francisco police department’s special investigations unit, along with his partner, Joe Dominguez. Even though the revival still seems to be a ways off, it’s likely to contain similar themes.

“Northern Exposure” (CBS)

CBSRob Morrow played Joshua Fleischman in ‘Northern Exposure.’

Premiere date: TBD

Revival of: “Northern Exposure” (1990-1995)

What it’s about: The revival is a continuation of the original show, and would see Dr. Joshua Fleischman, the protagonist of “Northern Exposure,” returning to Alaska for a funeral.

“Gossip Girl” (HBO Max)

Star Max via AP ImagesBlake Lively and Leighton Meester starred on ‘Gossip Girl.’

Premiere date: TBD (likely spring 2020, when HBO Max officially launches)

Reboot of: “Gossip Girl” (2007-2012)

What it’s about: The reboot will pick up eight years after the events of the original series, and will follow a “new generation of New York private school teens” as they “are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl,” according to the official summary for the series. Expect plenty of commentary about the affects of social media on teen life.

“Grease: Rydell High” (HBO Max)

Paramount PicturesOlivia Newton-John and John Travolta starred in ‘Grease.’

Premiere date: TBD (likely spring 2020, when HBO Max officially launches)

Reboot of: “Grease” (1978)

What’s it about: Per Entertainment Weekly, the “Grease” reboot show “reimagines the global smash hit movie with some characters you already know, and a whole lot more you will soon meet,” and is “set in and around the world of Rydell High,” the setting for most of the original 1978 film. The show will focus on “the peer pressures of high school” and “the horrors of puberty,” and will still be set in the 1950s.

“Dune: The Sisterhood” (HBO Max)

Universal PicturesSting starred in the original ‘Dune’ movie.

Premiere date: TBD (likely spring 2020, when HBO Max officially launches)

Sequel to: “Dune” (1984) and the upcoming 2020 film

What it’s about: With a remake of the 1984 film (based on Frank Herbert’s 1965 novel) coming out next year, HBO Max’s new series “is designed to co-exist” with the upcoming film, according to Deadline. But where the new film will portray the efforts of Paul Atreides to maintain his family’s control over the planet Arrakis, the “Dune” series will focus on an enigmatic order of women – the Bene Gesserit – who serve as trusted advisers and companions to many in the “Dune” universe.

“The Boondocks” (HBO Max)

Adult SwimRegina King voiced characters in the original ‘Boondocks’ series.

Premiere date: TBD (likely spring 2020, when HBO Max officially launches)

Reboot of: “The Boondocks” (2005 to 2014)

What it’s about: The new show will be a continuation of the original series, and will focus on Robert “Granddad” Freeman and his two grandsons as they move to a new community and struggle to fit in.

“Practical Magic” (HBO Max)

Getty ImagesSandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman starred in 1998’s ‘Practical Magic.’

Premiere date: TBD (likely spring 2020, when HBO Max officially launches)

Prequel to: “Practical Magic” (1998)

What it’s about: According to Vogue Australia, the new series will be a prequel to the beloved 1998 film, and will focus on “three siblings as they realise that they’re actually descended from witches.”

“Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai” (HBO Max)

Premiere date: TBD (likely spring 2020, when HBO Max officially launches)

Prequel to: “Gremlins” (1984)

What it’s about: The animated prequel will focus on the origins of the shopkeeper, Mr. Wing, who was featured in both the original movie and the 1990 sequel.

“Clueless” (CBS Studios)

Paramount PicturesStacey Dash and Alicia Silverstone starred in the 1995 film ‘Clueless.’

Premiere date: TBD (likely 2020)

Reboot of: “Clueless” (1995)

What it’s about: The reboot will focus on the character of Dionne, played by Stacey Dash in the original film, after her best friend and right-hand woman Cher (famously portrayed by Alicia Silverstone in the film) mysteriously disappears. Deadline reported that the new show is like if “‘Mean Girls’ meets ‘Riverdale’ meets a Lizzo music video,” and described it as “a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latté, and Adderall-fuelled look” at high school life in 2020.

“Punky Brewster” (NBCU)

NBCSoleil Moon Frye (left) starred as Punky Brewster on the eponymous TV show.

Premiere date: TBD (likely 2020)

Revival of: “Punky Brewster” (1984 to 1986)

What it’s about: The revival will see Soleil Moon Frye reprise her role as Punky, who’s now a grown-up single mother with several children. Freddie Prinze Jr. will also appear in the revival, playing the recurring role of Punky’s ex-husband, Travis.

“Lizzie McGuire” (Disney Plus)

Disney ChannelLalaine and Hilary Duff starred in the original ‘Lizzie McGuire’ series.

Premiere date: TBD (likely 2020)

Reboot of: “Lizzie McGuire” (2001 to 2004)

What it’s about: The reboot will follow a grown-up Lizzie (Hilary Duff, reprising her role from the original series) as she navigates life in New York City as a 30-year-old. Duff revealed to ABC’s “Good Morning America” that the adult Lizzie works as an apprentice to an interior designer, has a fiancé, and lives in Brooklyn – but that her world is about to change abruptly.

Some characters from the original series, including Lizzie’s mum, dad and brother, will return for the reboot, as well as the animated Lizzie that was a hit with fans early on.

“The Staircase” (TBD)

Maha Productions/IMDb‘The Staircase’ focuses on a murder trial.

Premiere date: TBD

Remake of: “The Staircase” (2004)

What it’s about: Harrison Ford will reportedly star in an upcoming remake of the 2004 docuseries, which focused on the trial of novelist Michael Peterson, accused of murdering his wife in 2001. The author said his wife died after falling down a staircase, but authorities suspected it was a cover-up – and that Peterson himself had actually killed her, staging it to look like an accident.

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