Last fall Netflix announced they were reviving the cult TV show Arrested Development. I know a lot of regular readers here loved that show. (It’s on my “to watch” list – I’ve yet to see it) So here’s the question. If Netflix (or even other streaming companies like Hulu or Apple) where to revive an old TV show which shows should they revive? To be fair we’ll say revived with the original cast and continuing on as if were a continuation of the original or a complete reinvention like the recent Battlestar Galactica was to the old 70’s show.
Here’s my list:
1. Twin Peaks - an incredibly innovative and influential show that arguably changed TV forever after. It brought us the style of shows like Fringe or X-Files but arguably also a lot of the shows on the CW network and quirky dramas and even comedies. Some might argue that even the recent golden age of TV could be traced to Lynch’s masterpiece. Unfortunately during the second season Lynch left for a while to film Wild at Heart and the show got away from him. ABC didn’t help by rescheduling it on a Saturday night in the days before DVRs.
Lynch, when he came back, revitalized it with an incredible cliff hanger that left half the cast potentially dead or possessed. When Lynch did a follow-up originally intended to be a made for TV movie it was darker than the show and was a prequel rather than a sequel. I’d argue it remains one of the scariest films I’ve ever seen.
In the original series the hero, Agent Dale Cooper, sees a future vision of himself in the mysterious “black lodge.” It’s about the right time to film that future Cooper.
The only question is whether Lynch could restrain himself enough to do it. His recent films have been a return to his more artistic and impressionist roots. What made Twin Peaks so appealing was the mysterious and dreamlike within our world.
2. Pushing Daisies - an other show arguably highly influenced by Twin Peaks. I loved this show. It is a tale about a young pie maker to can bring people back from the dead. He saves one woman who he falls in love with. However when he touches anyone he brought back from the dead again they die again. So he can’t touch the woman he’s in love with. The show starred broadway Kristin Chenoweth as the waitress at the pie shop in love with the main protagonist.
The show ended far too early and the creative staff went to try and salvage NBC’s Heroes (which they were unable to do). Even if they couldn’t do a full show, just a mini-series would be great.
3. Faulty Towers - some might see this as blasphemy. However the original series was only six episodes written by Cleese and his then wife. After several years Cleese and his wife were divorced and did an other six episode run four years later. Why not revisit them divorced and retired? Honestly, I think it would work.
4. Deadwood – OK, I know this couldn’t happen given where all the actors are. But I can dream they actually finished the show.