TV: New and original programming…like Murphy Brown?

Last year wasn’t a good year for film studios, at least financially.  Summer 2017 was particularly terrible. Ticket sales during summer 2017 were down nearly 15 percent from summer 2016, not good anyway you slice it.

But what do you expect when you get another Transformers, Pirates of the Caribbean, the unwatchable King Arthur: Legend of the Sword and the 40th Fast and Furious flick? The films weren’t good and audiences, thankfully, responded, accordingly.

Now, one of the reasons, that is constantly given for the decline in box office sales, is the inventive, original programming TV is producing. To be fair, there’s probably a fair amount of truth to that. Add Netflix and Hulu to the mix and put the shows coming from those streaming services up against a $200 million crappy Michael Bay flick and there’s no competition. People would much rather watch The Crown, House of Cards than the 12th Transformers.

But for all of the great programming coming from the tube, there is a disturbing trend that has developed recently and we all need to do our part to put an end to it: Reboots.

Listen, I get it. Everybody likes a little nostalgia, those characters mean something to us, they are a part of our past.

But do we really need to know what Roseanne is doing? Or Will and Grace? Or Murphy Brown? Or Scully and Mulder? Or the Tanner clan? (To be fair, I do enjoy that one. It’s just so incredibly bad, it’s good.)

Has the well of original ideas in Hollywood really run that dry that we’re going back to 20, 30-year-old series?

There’s even been rumors of The Office reboot. Really? That show has only been off for a couple of years. You likely won’t find a bigger The Office fan than me, but leave things alone, sometimes it’s better that way.

What’s next? Are we going to check in with the group at Bayside? Find out if Urkel really did do that? Learn if the Prince of Bel-Air is still fresh after all these year? Where does it end?

If we band together, if we stand up, we can stop them! We can do it! Make Television Great Again and stop reboots!

 

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