Reboots has been a thing for forever now. We’ve heard all of the stuff about how Hollywood no longer is able to write interesting original programming the buying public can get behind. Wait as we might with baited breath it just ain’t happenin it seems.
But that doesn’t necessarily mean everything blows and we should just pack up and go live in a van down the river. The Super girl tv show (reboot from the 1984 movie) seems to have found themselves a following. Rush Hour is a hoot. But now we have four up and comers that may be the start of everyone joining in on the reboot train or perhaps just begin the Armageddon. Either way noise is going to be made. Lethal Weapon, Macguyer, The Exorcist, and Rocky Horror Picture Show is showing Gen X’ers just how long they’ve been spinning on this planet. And each show seems to have their merit.
Lethal Weapon brings the body cop team of Martin Riggs (Clayne Crawford, “Rectify”) and Roger Murtaugh (Emmy Award nominee Damon Wayans, Sr., “My Wife and Kids,” “In Living Color”) together on the small screen. Riggs, grief-stricken after the loss of his young wife and unborn child is an ex-Navy SEAL-turned-detective moves to California to start over. He is partnered with Murtaugh, who’s just coming back to the job after a near-fatal heart attack and wacky hi jinks pursue. Does it work? Guess we’ll find out. Until then catch this trailer.
Now this rendition of Rocky Horror Picture Show is a made for tv movie instead of series reboot. Other wise how would that make sense? I mean how many times can Brad (Ryan McCartan, “Liv & Maddie,” “Heathers the Musical”) and Janet (Victoria Justice, “Victorious”) stumble upon DR. FRANK-N-FURTER’s (Emmy Award-nominated actress Laverne Cox, “Orange is the New Black”) bizarre sanctuary and eventually not be completely ridiculous. But for fans and new comers alike this one off two hour event could be quite entertaining. But then again if you are sickened by all of the bathroom controversies going on this could just end up pissing you right the the fuck off.
Now as for The Exorcist? This one is a series adapted from the 1973 horror flick. How many possessions make up this poor priests town for this to be an ongoing series? Sounds like ol’ Padre has himself one evil flock. The problem this show runner is tackling is that The Exorcist is widely considered the greatest horror movie ever made and an icon in cinematic history. No pressure here fellas. The series follows two priests Father Tomas Ortega (Alfonso Herrera, “Sense8,” “The Chosen”) a progressive, ambitious, and compassionate priest who heads up a small loyal parish when his life is turned upside down. And also, Father Marcus Brennan (Ben Daniels, “Flesh and Bone,” “House of Cards”) who, born an orphan, and raised by the Catholic Church, is the sword of the Vatican waging war against Her enemies. The two opposing forces of the Church collide to combat an evil force that has been mobilizing for centuries. But together they are the families’ last hope. Could this be some good tv? I’ll bet your scapular on it.
And lastly MacGyver. Those who grew up with the Richard Dean Anderson tv show of the 80’s never worried about quick sand or being buried alive in an avalanche, they would just call to mind what MacGyver did in last week’s episode and use a paper clip, chewing gum, and force of will to save themselves . . . every time. Lucas Till of X-Men fame, who plays Alex Summers/Havoc (guy who shoots beams of something out of his chest) in the movie this summer is reprising the role of MacGyver. As both fans of the original classic and the, shit my pants funny, 2010 movie MacGruber I’m hoping for this one to be a winner. Unfortunately there is no trailer so instead laugh it up with us to some classic MacGruber, stuff never gets old.