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Thursday, November 11, 2010

Alias Reboot? What shows would you have remade?

The folks over at ABC have been saying that they are contemplating remaking Alias. This puzzles us, because the original Alias is not that old, and it's pretty good. Sure, some of the mythology is too dense, it fumbled the ending (due to a quick cancellation), and kept Sloane on the show too long, but does it really need to be remade? Our first thought was that it's just too soon. It looks and feels modern, still.

Our worst nightmare is that they remake Alias and make it like Nikita. A sexy spy show isn't worthy unless it has an actual good plot and characters to go with the hotness. ABC is unsure whether it will include original Alias creator J.J. Abrams when and if it remakes the show. We are afraid that ABC will try to make Alias more commercial, and it will just be a big, shallow flop.

But there ARE mistakes to fix. One of us doesn't like Michael Vartan, and that could be a good role for someone else. We both liked Jennifer Garner in the role. She looked like she could actually fight someone. The girl was big, but still in shape. She looked like she had some muscle. The plots, mythology, and Rambaldi stuff could be fleshed out, explained, and completed better.

What shows would you rather see remade? Is Alias the best choice? Is it time yet? Shoot, we would rather see Buffy the Vampire Slayer remade than Alias. The technology in Buffy's early seasons is laughable, and a lot of it could certainly use an update and a removal of some cheesiness.

We would remake/complete/resurrect Carnivale. That could be commercialed-up without it losing its creepiness and supernatural mythology. After LOST, people are looking for another big-concept show, and The Event isn't really cutting it. Carnivale's plot could be sped up, more attractive actors cast, and they could continue that series where it left off. Of course, HBO owns it, so fat chance.

Also, in about 20 years, we would like to see someone re-do Heroes and Flashforward. Heroes was good enough in season one that people with new ideas should be able to bring it back better than it ended up being in the last seasons. Flashforward was actually a decent idea, but it needed to be less boring. Why let a good premise go to waste? Try again later. Actually, Flashforward would make a good MOVIE, because they wouldn't have to drag it out.
Oh, also, what about a re-do of The Twilight Zone? The X-Files?


  1. great post and I'll happily respond while I wait for community to upload-

    a Buffy remake? those are bold words !!! who would dare to suggest an improvement to this legendary cult phenom? can you imagine the searing eyes of the alive and kicking Buffy fandom? yikes. honestly I watched buffy for the first time this year but I remember the heated lunch table debates of my more pop savvy peers in highschool. and i am given to understand buffy lives on in a canon of comics that alone makes a buffy remake aN almost smallville sized endeavor. well maybe that's going too far.... none of which is to say I disagree with your points about cheesiness and tech. or that I wouldn't watch a remake myself. but imagining the fuss a buffy remake would cause makes me smile. am I wrong? I'm not personally familiar with any hardcore buffy fans so i may be wrong.
    in any case its amusing to think about and I enjoyed this post at the end of a very long and very strange night (in which, if i may spill my personal lie into this blogosphere, involved a long cold walk on a very dark and empy country road making me thank goodness vamps are just on tv.... and my paying Microsoft an exorbitant amount of money to save me from missing my favorite night of pirated tv, so I hope the community and TVD I'm uploading are worth it!)
    anyway thanks for a fun post. I too tired to think of any great remake ideas now but maybe I'll to it eventually....

  2. my "personal lie",oh, a truer typo was never spoke

  3. Half the fun of a Buffy remake would be watching all the purists moan. Few things are untouchable. Buffy has reached CULT classic status, but not classic status. A lot of it is nigh unwatchable, and we are pretty nerdy.

    We are impressed with your dedication to watching TV on your computer, haha.

  4. A couple of treasures from the 1990's in the fantasy/horror genre: Brimstone and American Gothic.

    Brimstone didn't even last a season, but was a wonderfully dark show about a dead cop who makes a deal with the Devil to get into Heaven (I know...but it works somehow). American Gothic had one of the best villians in any television show, past or present, in Sheriff Lucas Buck; truly evil, but you just couldn't get enough of him (sort of like Hannibal Lecter that way).

  5. We've actually heard of those shows. We'd tune in for a remake of them, for sure.

    Fantasy/horror is the thing most often in need of a remake, because the technology needs to catch up for it to be scary, usually. Somehow that "The Shining" movie still manages to pull it off.

  6. weren't there rumors o a Munsters remake with kristen bell floating around a few weeks ago?

  7. Yeah. The are definitely doing a Munsters remake.

    The rumor part is that Kristen Bell will be in it. The truth is that they would LIKE her to be in it, but her movie career is decent right now, so they probably won't get her.