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The New Price is Right because we have some exciting new games that you'll enjoy right there at home with our Studio Audience, and we're going to get that first game going right now."
The show's so nice, they did it twice.
Pretty much every fan's dream is to see their beloved series return to the airwaves, and every once in a great while, it actually happens, occasionally as the reaction to a particularly successful Reunion Show
The Revival differs from other forms of remake and adaptation in that it remains (more or less) in continuity with its predecessor. The show may differ in some substantial ways (in fact, a Revival is often far more
different from the original than a remake would be), particularly with regards to casting, but it is nonetheless a continuation
of the original series, rather than a second attempt at visiting the same material.
Differs from a Transplant
in scale and in the passage of real-world time. It is not strictly necessary for any
of the original characters to return (though this depends on the nature of the show: shows set in the "real world" typically need a character (or family) to link the incarnations, while in Speculative Fiction
, the universe of the show can serve this purpose), but when they don't, you can usually count on one of them to return as a Special Guest
. Often, a front-line character from the original series is now Older and Wiser
, and promoted to the position of The Obi-Wan
A Revival typically revisits the characters or their world some years later, and features occasional references back to events in the original series. (Ideally, these references are very
occasional, as they tend to alienate new viewers. Referencing past continuity too often gives the new show the feel of Fan Wank
The Revival is something of a crapshoot. When reviving a show, the makers have access to a ready-made audience, improving their odds of success. However, if the revival is too much like the original, (mostly unfavorable) comparisons to the original are inevitable, and they run the risk of being inaccessible or irrelevant to the new audience (after all, the show which spawned the revival had long-since died). If the revival is too different, it alienates fans of the original, and there are few foes more formidable than an enraged fan-base. When it fails, it fails spectacularly. When it succeeds, it tends to last longer than the original, though it does not always attain the same cultural status.
"revival" has a slightly different meaning, closer to a straight Remake
. Any production that has not been performed in a significant amount of time and is brought back to the stage is called a revival - usualy it will be recast, sometimes it will get bonus material added in the form of a new song or two, sometimes the production values of the show such as the set design will get a revamp. The Tony Awards
give separate awards to revival productions including Best Revival of a Musical and Best Revival of a Play.
See also Uncanceled
, which is the restoration of the original, largely unchanged, as opposed to a new series based off the old. The differences are sometimes entirely behind-the-scenes. Compare After Show
, which usually immediately succeeds the original show and typically involves at last a partial change in cast or setting.
For the 2012 Image horror comic, check Revival
. For the 2014 Stephen King
novel, see Revival
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- Super Dimension Fortress Macross is fairly unique among other anime series in the fact that it goes through constant revivals every few years with a few movies, OVAs, and mangas sprinkled in between. First there was the original Macross series that aired from 1982-1983. Macross 7 was aired from 1994-1995 and was based on a colony ship with two main characters from the original series being carried over. The most recent 2008 series, Macross Frontier, takes place several decades after Macross 7 in a different colony ship.
- Rebuild of Evangelion, for the original Neon Genesis Evangelion.
- Subverted. The first film closely follows the beginning of the anime, but the second quickly diverges and never looks back.
- Lupin III first aired on TV from 1971-1972. It got so popular in reruns, that it was brought back as New Lupin III in 1977. And again in the 1980s as Lupin III: Part III. The fourth Lupin series, The Woman Called Fujiko Mine, is a revival set before the first three, a Prequel.
- Toonami is a programming block that got this treatment.
- Sometimes, classic Japanese shows are revived into newer ones. Himitsu no Akko-chan, Sally the Witch, Magical Princess Minky Momo and GeGeGe no Kitaro are four examples of this.
- Getter Robo was revived with Getter Robo: Armageddon, and since then, it has spawned Shin Getter Robo vs Neo Getter Robo and New Getter Robo.
- The MINI, launched in 2001 by BMW is one such example. However, it's not a Remake and is Canon Discontinuity of the original - larger, fatter and heavier than the original. Not to mention that 1.6-litre engines and diesel were never available in the original.
- The original Fiat 500 is a supermini that is considered utterly terrible in some nations (even the United Kingdom). Its revival, produced since 2007, was launched in the United States sometime in 2011 (where such vehicles are considered as Americans Hate Tingle).
- Volkswagen Santana, which is basically the 1981-1988 Passat with some slight changes and engine changes. The Other Wiki has a full article. Supposed to end production in 2012...
- The Talbot brand, owned by Peugeot, which disappeared from the automobile market in 1986, but is now coming back, with Peugeot-based models. Few people realized how much of a Chekhov's Gun the Talbot brand was to Peugeot-Citroen...
- A number of The Disney Afternoon shows have been revived in the comics pages, including Gargoyles by Slave Labor Graphics, and DuckTales (in Uncle Scrooge comics), Darkwing Duck, and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers by Boom! Kids. Neither publisher was able to hang on to the licenses very long, however.
- The original Legion of Super Heroes was revived after 28 years of alternate continuities, futures wiped out of history, etc. They even got the old writer and old cover logo.
- Captain America may have the most successful revival of a comic character in American history. The original Captain America Comics ran for 9 years, while the second revival in the Silver Age onward has lasted, off and on, over forty!
- Marvel also did this to many of its Riverdale-style humor titles. Many of them became part of Marvel's typical superhero universe. Venus became an Agent of Atlas, Patsy Walker from Miss America became Hellcat, and Millie the Model weaves in and out of mainstream continuity.
- The Samuel L Jackson vehicle Shaft was not a remake of the 1970s blaxploitation classic. In fact, Richard Roundtree reprised his role as the original Shaft, who was the uncle of Jackson's character.
- And got more women than Jackson's character.
- Referenced in Galaxy Quest, where the Star Trek spoof show the main characters acted on was revived in the end of the film.
Live Action TV
- Though not the first example, surely the most famous is Star Trek: The Next Generation, which spawned the modern era of the Star Trek franchise. Set a century after the original, it returned to the fictional world of Star Trek: The Original Series with a new starship and crew.
- And yes, there was even a Shout-Out or two and a Special Guest from the first series from time to time; DeForrest Kelley (Dr. "Bones" McCoy) had a small guest appearance in the premiere episode, sparking a "send-off" tradition where a character from the previous Trek series would appear in the premiere of the next; Spock became a focal character for two-part episode and even his father Sarek had an episode revolving around him.
- Scotty also made an appearance, after being locked in transporter for decades. He managed to show his old school engineering beats the new engineer.
- This almost happened a few years earlier with Star Trek: Phase Two which was going to be the headliner for a new Paramount cable network. This eventually morphed into Star Trek The Motion Picture while some of the scripts written for the show were used in Star Trek: The Next Generation during a writer's strike.
- Due in part to the success of Star Trek: The Next Generation, about the same time, WKRP in Cincinnati was revived as The New WKRP In Cincinnati, which returned to the titular radio station a decade later. Some of the original characters remained, some had departed, but most made guest appearances.
- Around the same time, the 70s sitcom What's Happening! was updated to What's Happening Now!, starring nearly all of the original's surviving stars as older version of their characters.
- Get Smart was briefly revived with Maxwell Smart promoted to Chief of CONTROL over his own son Zach in the new Get Smart.
- Another of the rare successful examples is Kung Fu The Legend Continues, in which David Carradine almost-reprised his original role, playing Caine's Identical Grandson.
- In 1997, Knight Rider was revived as Team Knight Rider with a new cast and concept. It fell victim to a homicidally enraged fan-base.
- And in 2008, a new revival was spawned by a TV movie. The fan-base has proven substantially less homicidal this time.
- The Brady Bunch was briefly revived in the 1980s as The Bradys. It violated the usual rule by transforming from a Half Hour Comedy to a Dramatic Hour Long, and suffered in the ratings for it; in an attempt to rescue the show, the producers tried to turn it back into a comedy by arbitrarily inserting a Laugh Track into the existing dramatic plot line!
- Prior to The Bradys, there was also a short-lived comedy series called The Brady Brides, which ran for six episodes and featured Jan and Marcia as newlyweds.
- On the other side of the pond, Are You Being Served? was briefly revived, reuniting the department store clerks as the caretakers of an inn into which their pensions had been invested in Grace and Favor (aired in the US as Are You Being Served Again. Many of the cast members have speculated that had the show originally aired under that title, it might have succeeded, as it appears that most of the audience did not realize the show was a revival).
- A revival of Blake's 7 set years after the original with Avon as The Obi-Wan was announced in 2003, but appears to have been scrapped.
- Doctor Who was revived in 2005 after sixteen years during which only Expanded Universe material and a single Made-for-TV Movie was produced. It made it clear within the first few episodes that all of the earlier show definitely was still in continuity. It even put the long break in as a plot point: during the missing period (on the Doctor's personal timeline, anyway), the Last Great Time War happened, rendering the Doctor the Last of His Kind (and regenerating him offscreen into Christopher Eccleston). The show squeezed the mystery of what precisely happened for all the drama and suspense they could. The revival has made a few Retcons concerning the original series, but then Doctor Who tended towards Broad Strokes continuity for much of its run.
- After The Muppet Show ended and the Muppets went on to make movies, two attempts were made to revive the show as a TV franchise. Neither The Jim Henson Hour nor Muppets Tonight were as successful as the original. More recently, the show has been revived in Comic Book form.
- Partially The Jim Henson Hour failed because instead of reviving the Muppets in their familiar form, it was a deliberate attempt by Jim Henson to do something new with them. With the exception of Kermit and Gonzo, most of the cast were brand new (or quite obscure). The fact that Frank Oz had semi-retired from puppetry, reducing Miss Piggy and Fozzie to only rare cameos didn't help. That and the other half of the program was usually Jim's darker, more trippy stuff.
- Game shows are quite popular targets for revivals:
- The current incarnation of Jeopardy with Alex Trebek is a revival of the original, which was hosted by Art Fleming from 1964 to 1974.
- Password was revived several times, including Password Plus and Super Password in the late 70s and mid-80s, then Million Dollar Password in the late 2000s.
- NBC revived the classic quiz show 21 in the early 2000s.
- The most famous version of the Match Game (i.e., the orange shag carpeted version with Gene Rayburn, Charles Nelson Reilly, Brett Somers, and questions leading to "boobs" as an answer) was a revival of a more staid 1960s format.
- The current version of The Price Is Right (1972-present) is a more tricked out version of a 1950s game show of the same name. The original was mainly limited to bidding on prizes, while the current version used that as a launching pad for a wide variety of pricing-related games.
- To Tell the Truth had revivals in the 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and 2000s.
- The Pyramid franchise was revived in the 1980s with The (New) $25,000 Pyramid and The $100,000 Pyramid, the latter of which was itself revived in the 1990s with John Davidson. It came back as Pyramid in 2002-04 with Donny Osmond, and again in 2012 as The Pyramid on GSN.
- Family Feud was revived twice: first from 1988-1994 with Ray Combs (then a post-script season with original host Richard Dawson returning), then the current version from 1998 onward. The latter has been hosted by Louie Anderson, Richard Karn, John O'Hurley, and Steve Harvey.
- Let's Make a Deal ran from the 1970s to the 1980s. It was revived in the late 2000s with Wayne Brady as the host. Many people liked Brady's take on the show and former host Monty Hall approved of Brady's performance.
- Whammy is the revival of Press Your Luck with the set being updated to a more modern look and the iconic Whammy character being rendered in 3D animation instead of the cartoony 2D animation. Most people hated the changes to the set and they also didn't like the host, Tom Newton, for being so over the top.
- WWE attempted a revival of defunct wrestling federation ECW as its third "brand"; however, Executive Meddling on the part of Vince McMahon pretty much destroyed any connection to the original except the name and a handful of wrestlers. And even the handful of wrestlers (save one) were gone within a couple of years.
- Mission: Impossible was revived in the late 1980s with Peter Graves reprising his role as Jim Phelps and Bob Johnson returning as the voice on the recording, though the rest of the Impossible Missions Force personnel were new characters and the technology was updated (for example, the famous self-destructing reel-to-reel tape became a self-destructing CD). Many of the original scripts were recycled nearly verbatim for the revival.
- That was more a "revival of necessity" though, because of the 1988 writer's strike. ABC decided that they needed "new" product, but wanted it on the cheap. So they dusted off the old scripts, sent the production off to Australia (which saved them 20%, and avoided other union headaches). It was originally planned as a full remake, but later shifted to the revival that ended up on film.
- Hawaii Five-O was revived as Hawaii Five-0.
- The Tomorrow People was briefly revived with the help of Nickelodeon in the early '90s. Though the premise was largely unchanged, it drew more heavily from American kids' show tropes — particularly, taking Adults Are Useless to comic extremes. Neither this revival nor Big Finish's subsequent audio revival of the original series directly referenced each other, though the latter has made some very oblique references that might be taken to either canonize or decanonize the revival, depending on how you interpret them.
- The 1960s Spy Couple show The Avengers was revived as The New Avengers in the 1970s, and lasted two seasons. It uncomfortably straddled the line between the original series's ludicrous plots and the growing fashion for grittier, meaner shows such as The Professionals.
- ...which was made by the same people who made The New Avengers.
- Genre Anthology shows are easy to revive because they lack continuing characters. For example:
- Leave It to Beaver was revived during the 1980s, with the 1983 Made-for-TV Movie Still The Beaver, and the 1985-89 series The New Leave It To Beaver, both focusing on the life of the adult Beav.
- The Munsters was revived in 1988 as The Munsters Today.
- The 1970s British Series All Creatures Great and Small simply returned to the air with its original cast (bar one) a decade after its run had ended. In the intervening time, supporting actor Peter Davison had become a much bigger star, thanks to his stint on Doctor Who. Since the original series had ended with the main characters going off to fight in World War II, the time gap was readily explained by shifting the setting to after they'd returned to the practice of veterinary medicine.
- Beverly Hills 90210 has been revived (fittingly enough, by The CW) as simply 90210. Original cast members Shannen Doherty, Tori Spelling, and Jennie Garth have all reprised their roles (if only for guest parts), and Jason Priestly set to direct an episode. The CW is now doing the same for the similar Melrose Place.
- Red Dwarf was revived with three new episodes, the three-part story Back to Earth, after 10 years off the air. A full tenth series is aired in autumn 2012, with more planned for 2015.
- Double Dare 2000 for the original Nickelodeon Double Dare.
- After an 11-year absence from the airwaves and a 6-year absence from any form of media, Kamen Rider Kuuga inaugurated the return of the Kamen Rider franchise. The title of the first episode? "Revival".
- Rab C. Nesbitt returned in a Christmas Special after a ten year gap, and got a full series in 2010.
- Eerie Indiana was revived as Eerie Indiana The Other Dimension. It lasted just one season of 15 episodes.
- James Garner reprised his Maverick role in the short-lived 1981 series Bret Maverick.
- The Love Boat was revived with The Love Boat: The Next Wave.
- Dragnet, the '50s TV/radio series, was revived in the late '60s, then again in 1989 (as The New Dragnet) and yet again in 2003 (as LA Dragnet). And that's not counting the two feature film adaptations.
- Degrassi (formerly titled Degrassi: The Next Generation), launched in 2001 and still running, is a revival of The Eighties series Degrassi High (which was, in contrast, an immediate Sequel to Degrassi Junior High), set in the present day while including a few recurring characters from Degrassi High as adults.
- Whatever Happened To The Likely Lads?, with Bob and Terry (and Terry's sister) still played by the original actors, ten years later and in colour.
- Danny Thomas' Make Room for Daddy was briefly revived as Make Room for Granddaddy in 1970.
- TNT has one for Dallas in the pipeline for a summer 2012 premiere date. The new show will focus on the children of JR and Bobby and will feature Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy once again playing the roles that made them famous.
- There have been two failed attempts to revive The Time Tunnel. The first one, in 2002, resulted in a never-broadcast unsold pilot note ; the second one, a few years later, didn't even get that far.
- The Monkees were revived in First Run Syndication as The New Monkees at about the same time as Star Trek: The Next Generation. It only lasted a handful of episodes.
- Primeval, axed in 2009 due to budget problems, was revived for two more seasons in 2011.
- The new Canadian series, New World, could be seen as a revival because it fits in with the continuity of the original series, taking place after the events of the last episode. Its first episode features the longtime protagonist Connor Temple traveling to Canada to oversee the development of an anomaly research center there.
- The Metal Heroes franchise and specifically, the Space Sheriff Series, will be revived in 2012 with the release of Space Sheriff Gavan: The Movie.
- The Australian fantasy series Round the Twist was revived in 1999 for two new seasons after an eight-year hiatus.
- A third season of Twin Peaks was announced in October 2014, 24 years after the second season ended.
- As of September, 2014, a sequel to Married... with Children has been announced, with Bud Bundy (David Faustino) as the star.
- Space Hulk got a limited edition revival from Games Workshop.
- After a six-year absence, the G.I. Joe action figure line was relaunched in 1982 with smaller figure size, a team concept, and an actual enemy to fight in the form of the Cobra organization. The revived figure line would continue until 1994. After several failed attempts at new lines, the 1980s "Real American Hero" figures would themselves be revived in 1997.
- Heck, even the lovable Weebles toy line that originated in the early 70s recently got a revival as you can obviously see in this commercial that surprisingly has a techno remix for the catchy jingle that obviously describes what happens when you push them around!
- Popples had three of these: one in 2001, another in 2007 and another one to come in 2013.
- Puppy Surprise was revived in 2005.
- Strawberry Shortcake had two: one in 2003, and another in 2009.
- New incarnations of Care Bears have been released every decade since the 80s.
- The Furby was revived twice: once in 2005 (which got a special on Nickelodeon called "Furby Island"), and a very successful one in 2012, which was the top-selling toy of the year in 2012, and even got merchandise, much like the original Furbies.
- Neverland released information and pictures of their Revival of Estpolis/Lufia second game Rise of the Sinistrals with Final Fantasy-influenced characters and more action-based gameplay.
- The Oddworld franchise, which had seemingly died in 2005 with Stranger's Wrath, is set for a revival. See this Joystiq article for news: http://www.joystiq.com/2010/07/15/new-oddworld-games-in-the-works-at-just-add-water
- Nintendo dropped a whole bunch of these at E3 2010, with the announcements of Donkey Kong Country Returns, Kirby's Epic Yarn, and a new GoldenEye for the Wii, Golden Sun: Dark Dawn for the DS and Kid Icarus: Uprising for the 3DS; when none of them have had releases in the prior five to ten years (and up to twenty years in the case of Kid Icarus).note The next year supported Kirby's console revival with Kirbys Return To Dreamland, a classic-styled Kirby game (the first on a console since 2000) where Epic Yarn was one of the series' departures from the standard formula.
- Also hyped at E3 2010 was Epic Mickey, which Disney planned as a revival for the titular mouse.
- Gunstar Super Heroes takes place after Gunstar Heroes, but has the exact same basic story starring characters with the exact same names as the original (though the two plots do diverge after a while.)
- Fans! has had two revivals. It began as an independently-published print comic book in 1999, only for the creators to cancel it within the year due to lackluster distribution and sales. They revived it eight months later as a webcomic, which ran until 2005 when writer T Campbell felt he'd brought the story to its proper conclusion. In 2008, he planned to do a one-shot Sequel story as a donation drive incentive, but found he had so many ideas for new stories and characters that he and artist Jason Waltrip instead relaunched the webcomic entirely, picking up five in-universe years from the previous storyline. This relaunch lasted until 2012, when Campbell once again felt the story had reached a suitable ending.
- In 1997, The Real Ghostbusters was revived as Extreme Ghostbusters, with Egon heading a new team. The original Ghostbusters returned for its first season finale.
- And, on that note, 1986's Filmations Ghostbusters was a revival of 1975's live-action series The Ghost Busters—here, Jake and Eddie were the sons of the originals (Kong and Spenser, respectively).
- Transformers does this constantly - in fact, whenever Hasbro feels like making more money. At first there was Beast Wars, which took place in the same continuity as Transformers Generation 1 and as such fully fits the defnition of a revival, but after that Hasbro decided to go the way of Alternate Universes with Transformers: Robots in Disguise, the Unicron Trilogy, Michael Bay's movies, Transformers Animated, and after gaining their own network, Transformers Prime
- This only applies to the Transformers fiction though. The toyline as a whole has never had a break from production at any time since it began in the 80s.
- Also from Hasbro are the My Little Pony cartoons. Less frequent than Transformers, but nonetheless they've had three or four different cartoons. My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic has experienced a massive explosion in popularity, due in no small part to the fact that the creative director is Lauren Faust of The Powerpuff Girls and Foster's Home for Imaginary Friends famenote , who bent over backwards to make the show enjoyable for parents as well as the actual target demographic.
- Code Lyoko is going to be revived soon, with Code Lyoko Evolution. Although, live-action will be in place of the original animation for Earth.
- Xiaolin Showdown is going to be revived in the form of Xiaolin Chronicles, starting Spring of 2013.
- ThunderCats has made a triumphant return with a fan-oriented Re Tool of the original series. And no, Snarf does not talk in this one.
- Voltron Force hit the airwaves in June of 2011, reviving the the series with several nods to the original in the first few episodes alone.
- G.I. Joe: Renegades is a new take on the franchise, where the team consists of a Ragtag Bunch of Misfits seen by society as renegades, but by themselves as average joes just doing the right thing.
- The Scooby-Doo franchise ran a new series every few years from the late 60s to early 90s. Since then they've managed this a couple of times in the new millennium with the live-action movies, What's New, Scooby-Doo?, Shaggy & Scooby-Doo Get a Clue!, and most recently Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated.
- Biker Mice from Mars got another season, starring new alien species as the antagonists, and cameo'd the previous' series Big Bad.