Big news came from the Disney channel earlier today when we reported that a sequel to the popular sitcom 'Boy Meets World' is in the works. This is particularly interesting news, as rather than simply reboot an older series (like the new 'Beauty and the Beast'), the new series will take place in the 'Boy Meets World' canon, treating the Ben Savage vehicle as a direct predecessor. Heck, if we're lucky, Savage himself will reprise the role that made him famous.
Similarly, 'Beverly Hills Cop' is moving forward with a series that is a canonical sequel to the hit feature films of same name. While certain series could only be rebooted, the storytelling of some dramas and comedies were so rich that a logical sequel could be produced. That got ol' Baddie thinking: which other popular series could support a sequel show? And with both 'Boy Meets World' and 'Beverly Hills Cop' featuring offspring of the original characters, is a new generation the only way to continue these beloved tales?
So: which series could support a sequel?
'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'
Originally running from 1997-2003, 'Buffy' launched the careers of Sarah Michelle Gellar and Allison Hannigan and turned Joss Whedon into the highly-respected maven of his craft we know him to be.The series already launched a highly successful spin-off ('Angel') and countless comic books starring the main cast, hunky vampire Spike, fellow slayer Faith, and even early-seasons "Big-Bad," Drucilla. The series has a cultish following and most proud geek conventions feature cast members from either 'Buffy' or 'Angel' or both.
So with so many successful spin-off projects, why could 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' support a sequel?
The cast we all know and love--Giles, Xander, Willow, Oz, Buffy, Angel, Spike and Faith--have all but tapped out their potential. After ten years since the series went off the air, the time is ripe for a new series set somewhere other than Sunnyvale (maybe the East coast?) where a new girl is chosen to slay the evil that stalks the land.
The new series (which could keep 'the Vampire Slayer' as a suffix, thus capitalizing off of the original) could treat Buffy and her fight at the Hellmouth as a legendary tale told to our new heroine. Perhaps bring in a familiar face as the new slayer's Watcher (a good spot to toss in fan-favourite Seth Green as a werewolf-turned-Watcher Oz) but you could take the series in an entirely new direction.
People adore 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer' and Whedon has the golden touch. A sequel could work.
Ending in 1993, 'Quantum Leap' was a science fiction series about a scientist who could 'leap' into various bodies of people throughout history in a surreptitious attempt to right a wrong that had been committed along the way. With almost every episode featuring a new 'leap' into a new body, you could tune in to any 'Quantum Leap' (even the re-runs) and be wholly entertained for the hour the program ran.
With plotlines taken from historical events around the world, it would be impossible to run out of episode ideas for a show like 'Leap.' Launching Scott Bakula to stardom as series star Sam (with his faithful hologram sidekick Al), 'Leap' was a rare sort of science fiction that enraptured viewers who would never be caught dead watching a 'Star Trek' or a 'Babylon 5.' The original series remains one of the most beloved shows of all time and a sequel, twenty years later, could be a smash success.
How would we do it? Well how about our hero Sam having been lost in the timestream during his adventures? He could be anyone, anywhere, at any time--trusty Ziggy cannot track him down. A new hero, male or female, could step into the lead role, bravely assuming the mission to find this rare hero. The only problem? The only possible way to 'Leap' to where Sam is means following the same computer-patterned mission Sam was on in the first place. The eventual appearance of Bakula or Dean Stockwell would be crowd-pleasing and the show could find a whole new audience.
.... I don't really need to say more here, do I? A sequel to 'Baywatch' would find fans. People love the Hoff.
Fans of my weekly Television Time Machine trips have already read about my love and respect for this 1990 series from Lynch and Frost.
While the ending of the series is one of the classic production blunders in television history, the odd setting of 'Twin Peaks' itself housed so many eccentric and colorful characters that a new plotline in the small lumber town could recapture the magic of the original. Series star Kyle MacLachlan has recently expressed a desire to bring Special Agent Cooper back in some capacity (suggesting webisodes), but learning what became of Cooper and the town itself since 1991 would be a treat for the cult following of 'Peaks' fans.
The initial series was driven by a murder mystery plotline--who killed Laura Palmer? A sequel could begin much the same, with a copycat killer coming to the sleepy town. Many of the cast members could return, as Twin Peaks was represented as the sort of town where everyone knows everyone else. What would the area look like now, over two decades later? What of the organized crime that took advantage of the nearby Canadian border?
The only real hiccup in this plan is that any sequel to 'Twin Peaks' would have to involve David Lynch and Mark Frost in some capacity. Not only were they the creators and showrunners, but the magic of 'Twin Peaks' stems from the very creative, collaborative and peculiar manner that the series was acted and filmed. The entire process was very organic and that same fatalism would have to be brought back for any sequel to be worthy of the name.
'Star Trek,' 'Star Trek: The Next Generation,' 'Star Trek: Deep Space Nine,' 'Star Trek: Voyager,' 'Enterprise'
Please give us another 'Star Trek.' Please? 'Enterprise' was so, so terrible. You can even set it in the new Abrahms universe from the feature film, whatever you like! Just please wash the 'Enterprise'y taste out of our mouths.
So which series am I missing? What show would you like to see reinvigorated with fresh stories and fresh faces? Leave your comments below!