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8 shock TV returns happening soon

8 shock TV returns happening soon

26/02/2016TV

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It doesn’t matter how long a TV show has been off the air, because in 2016, any series can be revived. And we’re not just talking about reboots and remakes here, but many shows are actually returning with their original stars and/or creators to give us more stories featuring the characters we love.

Already this year we’ve seen The X-Files return for more paranormal adventures with Mulder and Scully, and there are lots more on the horizon. Here’s what we’ve still got to look forward to:

Gilmore Girls

Where they lead, you will follow.

Where they lead, you will follow.

Mother and daughters: they speak so fast, but they speak so true. And they will again, because the Gilmore Girls are returning for four new 90-minute episodes with Amy Sherman-Palladino crucially back at the helm (having left before the show’s seventh and final season). Almost every character – from Lorelai and Rory all the way to Paul Anka – is slated to return, with Melissa McCarthy the only key cast member yet to be confirmed.

Fuller House

The original cast members are back, everywhere you look.

The original cast members are back, everywhere you look.

In Full House, a widowed father enlists his brother-in-law and best friend to help raise his three daughters. Fuller House - which debuts on Netflix on February 26th - will follow the eldest daughter, DJ, herself recently widowed, enlisting similar help to raise her young boys. Almost all of the original cast are returning, save the Olsen twins, who leave the acting to their little sister Elizabeth nowadays. 

The Increasingly Poor Decisions Of Todd Margaret

The new series is going to require a massive plot hole.

The new series is going to require a massive plot hole.

Todd Margaret made so many poor decisions during the first two series of the show that it ended (SPOILER ALERT!) with him literally triggering the nuclear apocalypse. You’d think there would be no returning from that, but four years on David Cross and co are back… somehow. 

24

We can get the new series of 24, but we still won’t get Jack

We can get the new series of 24, but we still won’t get Jack

24 has already been through one revival, bringing Jack Bauer back for one last mission in 2014. But it seems that you can’t keep a good format down, because the show will be rebranded later this year as 24: Legacy and feature two brand new lead characters played by Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) and Miranda Otto (The Lord Of The Rings). Fingers crossed for a Kiefer cameo at the very least.

Prison Break

Gif tattoos are the future.

Gif tattoos are the future.

They still haven’t built a prison that can hold Michael Schofield and his brother Lincoln Burrows, and it looks like there will be at least one more for them to break out of, with Prison Break set to return for a 10-episode miniseries. Of course, the first thing they’ll have to address is the fact that Michael was killed in the final episode, and you’d imagine breaking out of prison is a walk in the park compared to resurrection.

Red Dwarf 

It’s still as sprightly as it ever was.

It’s still as sprightly as it ever was.

Repeats of the original run of Red Dwarf proved so popular when they aired on Dave that the channel commissioned a three-part special in 2009, and followed it up with a full six-episode series in 2012. Thought they’d smeg off after that? Not a chance. The boys from the Dwarf will return later this year with their 11th series, and thanks to some back-to-back filming, the 12th series has already been completed and will debut in 2017.

Mystery Science Theater 3000

No other context needed.

No other context needed.

After raising more than $5.7 million during a mammoth Kickstarter campaign, original star and creator Joel Hodgson is bringing MST3K back to once more hilariously riff on some cheesy B-movies. The fourteen new episodes will star comedian Jonah Ray, with Felicia Day and Patton Oswalt lending their voices to his new robot companions.

Star Trek

Boldly acting like no one has acted before.

Boldly acting like no one has acted before.

The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise… In 2017 Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, Pushing Daisies) will ensure that those weren’t the final frontier. We don’t yet know whether the new show will be set in the original universe or the alt-timeline of the current movies, but Fuller’s Trek will definitely feature original characters seeking new worlds and exploring the franchise’s signature themes.

 

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