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Lately there’s been talk of countless iconic TV shows possibly getting rebooted with a 2021 culture twist. (Let’s not forget the Youtube trailer created by a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air super fan that had the internet going crazy, eventually catching the attention of Will Smith himself, and leading to concrete plans for a Bel-Air revival.) The nostalgia has been real this past year and fans are wanting more of the characters we already know and love. The only problem? With so much speculation, it’s hard to keep track of which rumors are true and which aren’t. What Fresh Prince has that so many potential reboots don’t is the original stars, studio, and creators on board. Getting all of those creatives to come together in agreement can be tricky, take forever, and more importantly, confuses us – the fans! So, here’s a full breakdown of our favorite TV reboots that are confirmed to be in the works along with the who, what, when, and where.
Sex and The City: CONFIRMED
Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/NewLine | Via Entertainment Weekly
Who: The revived Sex and the City incarnation, entitled And Just Like That… will be picking up on the ever-humorous and scandalous lives of Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda.
What: The dramedy will follow the trio as they navigate friendship in their 50s and the complex reality of life in New York City.
When: The 10-episode series is set to begin production in NYC in Spring 2021.
Where: HBO Max confirmed that it will carry the reboot. Fans quickly wondered how there could possibly be a SATC world without the irreplaceable Samantha, but Sarah Jessica Parker (the show’s star and executive producer) simply stated that “we have New York City as a fourth character.”
Game of Thrones: CONFIRMED
Credit: HBO | Rotten Tomatoes
Who: There have been many a GOT spin-off thrown out into the universe, only to slowly melt away. But it has finally been confirmed by HBO that the story of House Targaryen will be told, featuring a new cast and creators.
What: The series, House of Dragon, will take place 300 years before the events of Game of Thrones, telling the story of Daenerys’ ancestors who faced an intense period (much like the original characters) over who should rule on the Iron Throne, of course. The show is based on the book, Fire & Blood, by George R. R. Martin, which begins its story with the infamous Aegon the Conqueror, creator of the Iron Throne.
When: Production is set to start on April 5, 2021 and the series is scheduled to debutin 2022.
Where: The story of the House that gave us the Mother of Dragons will stream on HBO Max.
Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: CONFIRMED
Credit: Still from Bel-Air trailer | NME
Who: A four-minute dramatictrailer created by Morgan Cooper went viral in March 2019, making fans think it was an announcement for a revival. Unfortunately, it was just a REALLY GOOD parody. So good, in fact, that it sparked Will Smith’s interest enough to lead to the development of an actual Fresh Prince reboot! So far, we know that Smith will act as co-producer alongside Cooper.
What: We don’t have many more details yet, since the current status of Bel-Air is “active development,” meaning it’s definitely moving forward for now, with writing, casting, and other development duties in the works. The trailer gave us a sense of the realistic twist that will likely give us a 2020-esqe spin on the original show, addressing the inherent meaning of what it is to be a Black man today in America. After seeing the trailer, we can’t wait to see what an A-Team Smith and Cooper make.
When/Where: NBC’s Peacock has officially picked up the series with a two-season order.
True Blood: CONFIRMED
Credit: HBO | The Hollywood Reporter
Who: Variety recently confirmed that a True Blood reboot is in the “early stages of development.” With that, none of the original cast have been confirmed to return. However, creator of the original series, Alan Ball, is confirmed to be executive producing alongside Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (Riverdale).
What: Since the reboot is in its early stages, we don’t have word yet on what will be going down this time around in Bon Temps.
When/Where: The timeline is still TBD, but it appears that the revival will be making a return to HBO.
Gossip Girl: CONFIRMED
Credit: Gotham/Getty Images | Glamour
Who: When news broke that a new crew would be taking over the Upper East side, fans were dying to know if Serena Van Der Woodson and Blair Waldorf would be part of that universe. So far, nothing has been confirmed, but an executive producer said they have reached out to the OG cast and “would love for them to be involved.” The show’s original creators are behind the revival and have confirmed one very special original voice…Kristin Bell, the show’s infamous narrator will be returning.
What: The revival will return to Constance Billard high school and focus on the theme that we are now all Gossip Girl in our own way, due to the evolution of social media. Some essential changes we’ll see to the story line will be much more diversity, with non-white leads, a deeper look at privilege, and more students living in Brooklyn! Fans have wondered if we’ll see any kids of the original generation, but producers confirmed that won’t be happening because simply, we’re not old enough for that.
When: The reboot began filming in NYC in October 2020 and is set to premiere in 2021.
Where: HBO Max has ordered 10 hour-long episodes of the revival. XOXO.
Credit: Showtime Networks Inc | Digital Spy
Who: After 8 mesmerizing seasons and that 2013 series finale that left fans desperately needing more, it has been confirmed that Michael C. Hall will return as Dexter Morgan in a “finale do-over.” For now, Hall is the only original cast member set to return, but it has been confirmed that Clyde Phillips, the showrunner that was in control during Season 4 (said to be the best season of the show…the one with John Lithgow’s “Trinity Killer”) is in the writer’s seat.
What: The 10-episode limited series will give us answers to “what the hell happened to that guy,”according to Hall, picking up about a decade after the original finale. Fans were left with a lot of BIG questions and just feeling dissatisfied overall, largely in part to the fact that despite years of living a double life, Dexter’s Miami PD colleges never found out that he was actually multitasking as a serial killer. According to Phillips, this series is going to make good on remedying all of those looming questions and give the fans what we want!
When: Production begins February 2021 in Massachusetts and is set for a Fall 2021 launch.
Where: Although Dexter will be trading the sexy Miami heat for upstate New York in the revival, the series will return to its original home on Showtime.
Credit: Nickelodeon | TVLine
Who: Wake up the members of my nation! If you’ve been wondering what Miranda Cosgrove has been up to lately, she’s been making iCarly for ADULTS. Cosgrove will return alongside original cast members, Jerry Trainor and Nathan Cress. Although we’ll miss the lighthearted mockery of Jeanette McCurdy, it will be interesting to see if Carly, Spencer, and Freddie have developed their webcast into something bigger.
What: We don’t have many details yet about what the series will entail, but we know that Jay Kogen (The Simpsons, School of Rock) will be writing the remake alongside Ali Schouten(Diary of a Future President, Merry Happy Whatever).
When: The reboot is set to premiere in 2021.
Where: The series will stream on ViacomCBS’ Paramount+ (previously CBS All Access).
Studio execs are apparently very excited about each of these reboots and frankly, so are we. A little familiarity during these uncertain times is always welcome!
Ani Cataldi is a senior at Penn State, pursuing a BA in Strategic Communications and a minor in Media Studies. She is an Intern at AfterBuzz TV, passionate about increasing diversity in the entertainment industry, and lover of all things Bravo, Bravo, Effing Bravo.
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