Fall TV Preview: We Look at this Season's Reboots and Spinoffs
Here's a look at this season’s TV reboots and spinoffs.
Magnum P.I. — CBS
Premieres: Sept. 24 Airs: Mondays at 9pmET
Who’s In It? Jay Hernandez, Perdita Weeks, Zachary Knighton, Stephen Hill
What’s It All About? This reboot of the 1980s Tom Selleck starrer doesn’t stray too far from the crime-busting original. Void of the gaudy Hawaiian shirts, Hernandez, with a sexy fi ve o’clock shadow (opposed to Selleck’s signature stash), steps into the titular role playing the decorated ex-Navy-SEALturned-private-eye Thomas Magnum.
As in the original, the charming rogue takes up residence and security details in the guest cottage — still called the Robin’s Nest — on the posh estate of uberrich, bestselling author Robin Masters, who before his fame and fortune was a journalist embedded with Magnum’s special ops team in Iraq. He owed Magnum and his POW buddies. The vintage cars (the iconic Ferraris are back and already taking a beating), the girls and the bravado are all playfully there as Magnum and his trusted buddies are righting the wrongs. The role of Higgins, the cranky British butler who was always peeved at Magnum, is now that of Higgie (a.k.a. Juliet Higgins) — a beautiful, yoga-loving, kickass, disavowed MI6 agent who keeps Magnum in line with the help of her two Dobermans. In this fun, lighthearted revival, we’re glad to see Magnum back on the case.
Murphy Brown — CBS
Premieres: Sept. 27 Airs: Thursdays at 9:30pmET
Who’s In It? Candice Bergen, Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto, Grant Shaud, Jake McDorman
What’s It All About? TV’s favorite sharp-tongued newswoman, Murphy Brown (Bergen), returns as CBS resurrects the beloved sitcom that ran from 1988-98. In the new incarnation, veteran journalist Brown returns to the airwaves in response to “a divided nation, chaotic national discourse and rampant attacks on the press.” And she’s not coming alone. Murphy convinces her old FYI team to sign on for a new daytime talk show.
Charmed — The CW
Premieres: Oct. 14 Airs: Sundays at 9pmET
Who’s In It? Melonie Diaz, Sarah Jeffery, Madeleine Mantock, Rupert Evans
What’s It All About? This fresh spin on the Aaron Spelling young adult drama, which aired from 1998-2006, has been puzzlingly lauded as a “feminist twist” on the original. The original series starred Shannen Doherty, Holly Marie Combs, Alyssa Milano and, later, Rose McGowan. The Power of Three reignites with witch half-sisters Mel, Maggie and Macy. Yup, gone are the “P” names of the original, not to mention its San Francisco setting. (Hello, Michigan!) Plus, the siblings are multicultural.
Legacies — The CW
Premieres: Oct. 25 Airs: Thursdays at 9pmET
Who’s In It? Danielle Rose Russell, Matt Davis, Kaylee Bryant, Jenny Boyd, Peyton Alex Smith,
What’s It All About? Executive producer Julie Plec likes to call her latest fantasy series spinoff The Vampire Diaries: The Next Generation. Set at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young and Gifted, which is named for TVD’s beloved bloodsucker siblings, Legacies follows the student supernaturals brought together by headmaster Alaric Saltzman (Davis). “The idea is, if you can get someone when they’re young, it can make the difference between [their becoming] a hero or a villain,” Plec says. Which is pretty important when it comes to hormone-fi lled teens with powers. Center stage is The Originals’ Hope Mikaelson (Russell), who was saved after her werewolf/vampire hybrid parents sacrifi ced themselves years earlier. Now the unique 17-year-old — she also has witch genes — is the school’s only “tribrid,” possessing extraordinary abilities but also the fear that using them could result in disaster.
Dancing With the Stars: Juniors — ABC
Premieres: Oct. 7 Airs: Sundays at 8pmET
What’s It All About? Like the original, celebrities are paired with pro dancers. But in the Juniors version, all are age 9-14, Jordan Fisher and Frankie Muniz host, and judges include DWTS: Athletes champ Adam Rippon.
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