Netflix recently made a massive splash by rekindling the Bob Sagat vehicle Full House. The revamped Tanner family will be ready for their 13-episode debut on Feb. 26.
There’s a ton of buzz around the remake, which can only mean that more revivals are on the way. (You didn’t think Netflix was going to cut it out, did you?)
Which of your old faves are the most likely to be brought back from the dead and dumped on your lap for binge-watching ecstasy?
We set the odds, below!
Odds to be revived by Netflix:
Arrested Development: 1/2
Getting de ja vu? You should be. Netflix already went full Lazarus on Arrested Development, giving the cult-comedy a second life (and fourth season) back in 2013. A fifth season is reportedly on tap for the Bluths, with production starting early this year. Apparently no one’s told Tobias, though.
Gilmore Girls: 2/3
Repeats of Gilmore Girls have been a massive hit for Netflix. Unsurprisingly, the streaming service wants to get Rory and Lorelei some more screen time. Given the show’s massive following and the fact that neither of the show’s stars (Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel) seem to be up to much, it’s just a matter of time before their insufferably quick banter is back.
Stargate Universe: 5/1
There’s a petition on Change.org for Netflix to revive SGU. It has over 100,000 signatures. The recent record-setting Powerball lottery may have skewed your idea of big numbers, but I assure you, 100,000 is a lot. Despite the fan-support, Netflix hasn’t made any moves. And if the zealous Firefly following couldn’t get their favorite show new life on Netflix, the chances of another sci-fi program succeeding aren’t great.
The former Nickelodeon standout was cancelled after a truly awful live-action movie (The Last Airbender). The franchise deserves a better ending. But that doesn’t mean it’s going to happen. While Avatar has its own Change.org petition aimed at Netflix’s head honchos, only 50,000 or so people have signed it. That’s not an insubstantial number, but it’s only half of what SGU was able to muster. So why does Avatar have the same odds as SGU? Because it features pretty basic animation and would be a lot cheaper to produce.
Consider Hannibal the new Community. Cancelled by NBC after three seasons (due to poor ratings), Hannibal has a fervent fan-base that’s hounding everyone and everything to revive the show. While the myriad calls for resurrection will pique the interest of content-producers like Netflix, it’s going to be very hard to bring the star-studded cast back together; Mads Mikkelsen, Laurence Fishburne, Hugh Dancy, and Gillian Anderson are all pretty massive stars, in their own right. (And we know Gillian is already on to her own revival!)
Even if Netflix was uber-keen on the idea (which doesn’t seem to be the case), other obstacles make this one a longshot.
Are You Afraid of the Dark: 15/1
AYAotD is another Nick show, but from back in the day. It ran from 1990-96 and then again from 1999-2000. It helped launch the careers of Elisha Cuthbert, Ryan Gosling, and Melissa Joan Hart!
The show’s schtick? It scared the crap out of kids; it was like The Twilight Zone for tweens. A couple Canadian filmmakers are trying to get a new version going, and there’s significant momentum. But there’s nothing linking it to Netflix.
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