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.
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
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 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.
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.
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
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.
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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