TV FOR GROWN-UPS

Re­boots and, ahem, ma­ture stars move the dial for fall’s TV lineup

ZOOMER Magazine - - ZOOM IN | ETC - By Jim Slotek

WHILE MIL­LEN­NI­ALS find shows and pod­casts on YouTube, the boomers and gen-Xers who watched TV in the ’80s and ’90s are the ones keep­ing it alive now.

Hence, the craze for re­boots and the res­ur­rec­tion of fa­mil­iar faces and plots. This fall, there are three new re­boots on the net­work lineup alone (the sense of déjà vu on the medium be­ing only slightly di­min­ished by the self-in­flicted can­cel­la­tion of Roseanne on ABC).

And mid-sea­son (Jan­uary ap­prox­i­mately), Cana­di­ans will be get­ting in on the act, when CBC re­launches Street Le­gal, with orig­i­nal star Cynthia Dale step­ping in as star and ex­ec­u­tive pro­ducer.

Here are 10 new fall shows with these old de­mo­graph­ics writ­ten all over them, start­ing with three re­boots from our past, one with its orig­i­nal cast.

1 MURPHY BROWN (CBS)

Face it, we all want to know what Murphy has to say about Trump. Se­ries cre­ator Diane English has rounded up orig­i­nals Candice Ber­gen (Murphy), Faith Ford (Corky Sher­wood), Grant Shaud (Miles Sil­ver­berg) and Joe Re­gal­b­uto (Frank Fon­tana). Sadly missed is Robert Pa­s­torelli (El­don), who died in 2004.

2 MAG­NUM P.I. (CBS)

Jay Her­nan­dez steps into the flow­ery shirts of Tom Sel­leck in this re­make of the show about an ex-mil­i­tary man who finds a new ca­reer as a pri­vate in­ves­ti­ga­tor in Hawaii (showrun­ner Peter Lenkov – who cre­ated the hit Hawaii Five-O re­boot – must love the place).

3 CHARMED (THE CW)

Per­son­ally, I think it would’ve been awe­some to have a re­boot with now-adult sis­ter-witches Rose Mc­Gowan, Shan­nen Do­herty and Alyssa Milano. But this ver­sion, from the team that brought you Jane the Vir­gin stars Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jef­fery and Madeleine Man­tock.

4 THE COOL KIDS (FOX)

The net­work has dubbed this sit­com – from the cre­ators of It’s Al­ways Sunny in Philadel­phia – “high school with 70-some­things.” Martin Mull, David Alan Grier and Les­lie Jor­dan are three best friends in a re­tire­ment com­mu­nity whose world turns up­side down with the ar­rival of a new re­tiree (Vicki Lawrence of Mama’s Fam­ily and Carol Bur­nett fame).

5 THE ROOKIE (ABC)

This one’s for the still-griev­ing fans of Cas­tle, from Cas­tle cre­ator Alexi Haw­ley no less. And Cas­tle’s star Nathan Fil­lion is back as an over-the-hill rookie re­cruit at the LAPD Po­lice Academy.

6 FBI (CBS)

No, not a re­boot of the ’60s se­ries with Efram Zim­bal­ist Jr. but the umpteenth show from pro­ducer Dick Wolf (all the Law

& Or­der shows, the Chicago shows – Chicago Fire, Chicago P.D., Chicago Med, etc.). This one’s set in the FBI’s New York of­fice. Stars Law & Or­der’s Jeremy Sisto and Cana­dian ac­tress Missy Pere­grym ( Rookie Blue).

7 THE GOOD COP (NET­FLIX)

To­gether again for the first time – Tony Danza and Josh Groban! A Tony and the co­host of the Tony Awards. In this hour-long 10-episode “dram­edy,” Danza plays a dis­hon­ourably dis­charged ex-NYPD of­fi­cer who be­comes an un­of­fi­cial part­ner for his by-the-book cop son (Groban). From the cre­ator of Monk.

8 MAN­I­FEST (NBC)

Shades of Lost, this in­trigu­ing-sound­ing se­ries in­volves the pas­sen­gers and crew of a rough flight that lands to find that they’ve been miss­ing for five years. Josh Dal­las ( Once Upon a Time’s Prince Charm­ing) and Cana­dian ac­tress Melissa Roxburgh ( Di­ary of a Wimpy Kid) lead the cast.

9 NORTH­ERN RES­CUE (CBC AND NET­FLIX)

Fresh off a re­boot that didn’t work ( MacGyver), the “other” Bald­win brother, Billy, stars in this Cana­dian se­ries shot in Parry Sound about a wid­ower who moves his fam­ily to north­ern On­tario and lands a job in the search and res­cue ser­vice. Kath­leen Robert­son (ex of 90210, the orig­i­nal, not the re­boot) plays his late wife’s sis­ter.

10 GOD FRIENDED ME (CBS)

Brandon Michael Hall ( The Mayor) plays an athe­ist whose mind and life are changed when God “friends” him on Face­book. Joe Mor­ton ( Scan­dal) heads the sup­port­ing cast. Of course God uses Face­book. That’s what dads do!

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