Revival (television)

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A television revival is an attempt to revive a defunct series by producing new episodes created for broadcast.[1] Network executives may decide to attempt to revive a television program when they feel that a market once again exists for it.

Revival is one of several programming strategies television networks employ to capitalize further on successful programs; among the other methods are spin-offs, cast reunions, and television movies based on the original program.

Unlike spin-offs—in which a television network creates a new program around one or more familiar, popular characters from a different program—a revival involves the reintroduction of most, or at least many of the original program's storyline, characters and locales. Revivals should also be differentiated from remakes and continuity reboots where the characters and/or central concepts are retained, but the story starts over from the beginning again. Revivals differ in that they pick up either from where the older series left off, or at some time after that point.

An example of a successful revival outside of the United States is the 2005 British science fiction series Doctor Who.[2][3][4]

List of television series revivals[edit]

See also[edit]


  • Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present (8th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-45542-0. 


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wagmeister, Elizabeth (15 June 2015). "TV Revivals Making a Comeback: ‘Coach,’ ‘X-Files,’ ‘Fuller House’ & More". Variety. 
  2. ^ "Doctor Who is BAFTA award winner". BBC News. BBC. 6 May 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  3. ^ "Dr Who scores TV awards hat-trick". BBC News. BBC. 31 October 2006. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  4. ^ "Doctor Who takes three TV awards". BBC News. BBC. 25 October 2005. Retrieved 2007-01-12. 
  5. ^ Kissell, Rick (3 September 2008). "'90210' scores for CW – Teen soap revival sets network records". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  6. ^ Fallon, Kevin (26 June 2014). "‘Boy Meets World’ Fans Will Hate ‘Girl Meets World’". The Daily Beast. 
  7. ^ Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 604. "The Burke's Law revival looked a bit like a land-locked Love Boat."
  8. ^ Weisman, Jon (8 July 2011). "TNT gives 'Dallas' revival a 10-episode order". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  9. ^ O'Connell, Michael (14 June 2012). "TNT's 'Dallas' Premiere Scores Just South (Fork) of 7 Million Viewers". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2017-06-15. UPDATED: The revival of the two-decades-dead series scores the highest cable series opener of 2012... 
  10. ^ Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 396. "Here's one revival that looked very little like the original on which it was based."
  11. ^ Yahr, Emily (16 November 2016). "The ‘Gilmore Girls’ revival is far from perfect. Luckily for Netflix, fans won’t care.". The Washington Post. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  12. ^ Littleton, Cynthia (20 May 2009). "CW schedule falling into place". Variety. Retrieved 2017-06-15. CW is partying like it’s 1992, slotting its “Melrose Place” revival behind “90210” on Tuesday nights... 
  13. ^ Hibberd, James (4 August 2009). "CW sings familiar song at TCA". The Hollywood Reporter. Associated Press. Retrieved 2017-06-15. In programming news, Ostroff said the upcoming revival of "Melrose Place" could have a crossover with "90210." 
  14. ^ Brooks and Marsh (2003), p. 783. "In the rather literal 1988 revival of the series, a now white-haired Jim Phelps returned to head up the IMF when his protégé and successor were killed."
  15. ^ Ausiello, Michael (2 June 2015). "Prison Break Limited Series In Development at Fox". TVLine. Retrieved 2017-06-15. Prison Break may be getting sprung from television purgatory. Fox is developing a limited-series revival of its 2005-09 drama series that would re-team stars Wentworth Miller and Dominic Purcell, TVLine has learned exclusively. 
  16. ^ Rose, Lacey (6 August 2015). "Fox Chiefs on 'Prison Break' Revival, 'Empire' Impact and Planned Turnaround". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-08-06. 
  17. ^ Hibberd, James (19 December 2012). "New 'Twilight Zone' series in the works". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15. Attempts to revive the series have largely struggled — there was a 1985 edition that ran for three seasons (two on CBS, one in syndication), and another in 2002 on UPN that lasted only one season. 
  18. ^ Jensen, Jeff (19 May 2017). "How Twin Peaks fans are gearing up to watch the revival in the age of spoilers". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15. 
  19. ^ Abrams, Natalie (18 January 2017). "It's official: NBC orders Will & Grace revival". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-06-15.