Stop us if this sounds familiar.
Rather than take the time and money to develop a uniquely original hit TV show from scratch, rumor has it that a major network is in talks to reboot a beloved series from the past.
Now I know what you’re thinking, “What TV show from my childhood is NBC going to tarnish next?!” Well, as it turns out, the network that has a history of taking the easy way out (see: BIONIC WOMAN and KNIGHT RIDER) isn’t the culprit. Rather — the guilty party here is ABC — who thanks to a series of curious moves is looking more and more like NBC’s heir apparent. (Note: Not a good thing)
Turns out, much in the same way in which the Peacock Network had trouble developing a hit to follow FRIENDS — even after they transplanted Joey into a short-lived series of his very own, ABC has had equally bad luck replicating the success of LOST (see: THE NINE, FLASHFORWARD, among others). Which is probably why E! Online’s Kristin Dos Santos is reporting today that the Alphabet Network is in very early discussions to reboot the J.J. Abrams action-adventure ALIAS in what some (okay, we) might call a last ditch effort to hold onto its very valuable LOST audience.
What’s worse, the similarities to NBC don’t end there as evidence by some of the big names tapped to headline many of the Alphabet Network’s new fall shows. Elisha Cuthbert! Dana Delany! Rob Morrow! This just in: the hiring of top-line talent regardless of project is no longer reserved for shows executive produced by former Peacock President Jeff Zucker.
Look ABC, we sympathize. Clearly it has been quite some time since you developed a drama series that lasted more than a season (or in the case of HAPPY TOWN, two episodes) Which is why we thought we’d remind you — you know, before you go too far down that rabbit hole — the one irrefutable characteristic the likes of GREY’S ANATOMY, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES and LOST all had in common.
An original voice.
In other-words, STOP wasting your valuable time talking reboot and re-imaginations and go find yourself the next Shonda Rhimes, Damon Lindelof and/or Marc Cherry. You can thank us later in the form of a cushy executive producer credit.