3 Classic 80s TV Shows Screaming ‘Reboot’
With the hotly anticipated Hawaii Five-0 remake debuting Monday night on CBS and Fry Butt’s own recent discussions about the roster of new Network offerings – particularly NBC’s Undercovers (I swear, nobody’s paying us to talk about it!) – I can’t help but dream up other faded shows that might deserve another moment in the sun and who to cast.
1) Matt Houston
It’s not just you; I’m seeing Jeffrey Dean Morgan all over this bad boy too. If ever there were two great tastes screaming to taste great together it is these two. Granted, Morgan would have to jettison his trademark Denny Duquette thermal shirts in favor of cowboy flavored bidness attire, but he’d make it work. I can’t even remember what Matt Houston did, other than drive flashy cars, charm the ladies and antagonize his long suffering assistant played by Pamela Hensley. I think he was a private detective!
Twenty years ago, female private detective Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) noted after hanging a shingle and attracting zero clients, “A female private investigator seems so feminine…” and quickly invented a male boss named “Mr. Steele”. As luck would have it a gorgeous, shadowy character – were there any other kind in the 80s – showed up at her door claiming to be Remington Steele. Sexism experienced by Ms. Holt isn’t dead; it isn’t even hibernating. Excellent vehicle to reunite Love Jones alums Nia Long and Larenz Tate.
Bring back the chunkerbutts! It’s been a long time since we had some smart, funny, chubby to fat teen girls on TV who nobody (except critics and haters) seemed to notice were chubby to fat. Let’s bring in Joan Chen in the long suffering Ms. Garrett role and whatever chunkerbutt teens are currently languishing in limiting roles as sidekicks and joke punchlines.
What 80s shows do you think would make for great updates.