When I heard that Dallas was coming back, I thought wow. This could be really good or it can really suck. Of course I'm hoping for really good. I also thought gee, do I really want to watch a new version of Dallas? I'm a serious author now. I should be watching PBS and Turner Classic Movies. That thought lasted thirty seconds. Of course I'm watching the new version of Dallas! Be it the bickering, the way Larry Hagman's JR can chew someone out and spit them out, and how I love the theme music (the guitar strum! The trumpets! The whatchka beat) So I am watching Dallas tonight, plus I'll be live tweeting it (West Coast time, twitter name jenniferkate) I'm trying to keep my mind open.
Yet let's face it: revivials/reboots of classic TV shows sometimes are bad. Really bad. How bad are they? Oh pretty darn bad. Come with me as we remember...
The Brady Bunch Variety Hour: This is one of those shows you have to watch. You don't want to want to watch it, but you can't take your eyes off Christopher Knight (Peter) singing "Sing" with a puppet that looks like a porn star. Or the Bunch doing a movie medley with Rip Taylor, Melanie, and Rich Little joining in. I highly recommend Love To Love You Bradys written by Susan Olsen (Cindy) which tells the back story of this doomed yet oddly watchable show.
The Love Boat The Next Wave: In the 90's after 90210 and Melrose Place became hits, Aaron Spelling tried to revive one of his big hits, The Love Boat. With all due respect to the late Robert Urich, he was not Captain Steubing. And there was no Issac with his big grin and pointing at the audience. No Issac or Captain Steubing? This show was toast.
The New WKRP in Cincinnati: Anyone can tell you I LOVED the orginal WKRP and every Thanksgiving I try to watch their Thanksgiving episode (All I can say is, I thought turkeys could fly) every November. Yet this new version was just bad. It didn't have the underdog flavor the original had. No Jennifer Marlowe (although Loni Anderson did make appearances) no Venus, no Bailey, nothing. It wasn't the same.
The Bionic Woman: I tried watching this one for two reasons: When I was five I dressed up like Lindsey Wagner for Halloween (I was impressed by how fast she could run) and Michelle Ryan (Zoe on EastEnders) was cast in the Lindsey Wagner role.But this version was so dark. Dark and depressing. I think they were trying for the Battlestar Galatica audience but this was just a downer.
Tabitha: While technically not a reboot of Bewitched, this was a continuation of Tabitha Stevens' story played by Lisa Hartman. Tabitha was a news reporter where sometimes her magic got in the way. While a great premise, it just wasn't the same without Elizabeth Montgomery's twitchy nose and Agnes Morehead's Endora (Morehead died several years before) It also didn't help that Tabitha's love interest was... Robert Ulrich. Am not making this up.
So while I'll watch Dallas tonight and try to keep an open mind, history is not on its side. But I know as soon as I see JR Ewing threatening to Bobby that he'll take Ewing Oil and Southfork away, it won't matter. It will be good to see old friends again.
Causes Jennifer Gibbons Supports
Gilda's Club, Greenpeace, Rosie's Broadway Kids,Westwind Foster Family Agency, Amber Brown Fund, Linda Duncan Fund for Contra Costa Libraries