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February Reboot Roundup: The Return

From beneath the depths of N’ie’ls’en, and beyond the furthest reaches of man’s science…the reboots rise.

This month, we get more news on some of the upcoming television reboots we’ve covered before, as well as a “far out” reboot announcement from Netflix.

Danger Will Robinson! Danger! Netflix Is Bringing Back Lost In Space

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Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the last attempt, Netflix has announced that they will be producing a reboot of the biggest name in 1960’s science-fiction. No, not that silly one with the pointy-eared aliens and complex philosophy. The one with the campy doctor and the talking vegetables: Lost In Space!

Lost In Space ran on CBS for three seasons between 1965 and 1968, and much like its NBC competitor had a huge effect on American pop culture. A space-age version of the Swiss Family Robinson, the show focused on the adventures of the marooned Robinson family before shifting most of its focus to Jonathan Harris’s evil, lazy, comic relief Dr. Zachary Smith. Pairing nicely with network-mate Batman, the show is fondly remembered for its mix of 60’s camp and high concept science fiction.

The less said about the 1998 version, featuring Matt LeBlanc, the better.

The new series will closely follow the original plot, where the Robinson family is selected to help colonize a new planet. But the conniving Dr. Smith, now played by Parker Posey (Mascots, Superman Returns), has other plans and her machinations soon end up stranding the Robinsons, along with pilot Don West  (Ignacio Sericchio) and Smith herself, on an alien world light years from civilization.

The new show will also feature Mina Sundwall, Max Jenkins, Molly Parker, Taylor Russell, and Toby Stephens, and is set for an April 13 release. Check out Netflix’s first look below.

Miranda Otto, Former CIA Agent and Princess of Rohan, Will Play Aunt Zelda in Netflix’s “Sabrina, The Teenage Witch”

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Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, is fondly remembered by most of the current generation for its mix of teen sitcom drama, magical nonsense, and the best talking cat in TV history. But Netflix’s reboot is dropping much of that, drawing instead on the darker, horror-tinged interpretations of Sabrina that have become popular in the comics. And their version of Aunt Zelda, whom Netflix has announced will be played by Australian actress Miranda Otto (24: Legacy, Homeland), is a harbinger of things to come.

While still the strict, no-nonsense disciplinarian Beth Broderick’s Zelda was, Netflix’s Aunt Zelda will also be a fanatic devotee of the Church of Night who views serving the “dark lord” to be a witch’s highest honor. Still, as protective of her half witch niece, Zelda will play a part in shepherding Sabrina (Kiernan Shipke) into adulthood while clashing with the kinder Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis).

The new show has no set release date or title, but knowing Netflix, we’ll find out all about it about a month or two before it drops.

Fruitvale Station’s Melonie Diaz Is First Sister Announced for Charmed Reboot

 

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The Charmed reboot is perhaps the most hotly anticipated reboot coming to television. Thanks to the efforts of ex-Jane the Virgin writers Jessica O’Toole, Amy Rardin, and showrunner Jennie Urman, the new version will feature radical changes like a queer member of the spellcasting sisters and a black love interest played by Ser’Darius Blain. That diversity is continued with the announcement via The Hollywood Reporter that Melonie Diaz (Fruitvale Station, The Belko Experiment) will play another member of the reboot’s Pruit sisters. Her character, Mel, is described as “a passionate, outspoken activist who loses her way in the wake of family tragedy.”

The new version is being produced by Urman, Rardin, and O’Toole with Ben Silverman for CBS Television. The Charmed pilot will be released for the 2018-2019 season.

Jay Hernandez Working On His Mustache For Magnum P.I Reboot

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Why yes, there IS a Magnum P.I. reboot in the works. CBS has wanted to reboot the successful 80’s action show for a while, but it’s hard to replace Tom Selleck (or his chest hair). But they may have found the man to try. TVLine announced on Tuesday that Jay Hernandez (Scandal, Bad Moms) will star as the modern day version of Thomas Magnum. Magnum’s origins will be updated, with the new detective using skills he acquired as a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan to solve crimes.

The rebooted Magnum P.I.’s pilot will be penned by Hawaii Five-O scribes Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim. It will be directed by Fast and the Furious director Justin Lin.

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