Long Live Revivals

TV Show Revivals - Dirty Dancing

Hello again, old friends

Sometimes we hear people complain that everything is a remake nowadays. And we get it, sure. But here is the thing about remakes: lots of remakes are good and we want to see them. We love getting reacquainted with characters we used to live with and worlds we used to live in. And anyway even some of Shakespeare’s plays are remakes. It’s cool to do remakes. Really, it’s all good.

There have been lots and lots of exciting revivals coming down the pike, and we’re happy to say some of them are finally here. This week alone brings us both Twin Peaks on Showtime and the new musical adaptation of Dirty Dancing on ABC. There are more out and more to come. Here are the remakes we’ve been keen to watch.

Dirty Dancing
ABC, 5/24 at 8 p.m.

John Hughes movies may have defined 1980s cool, but Dirty Dancing is the one that got audiences’ pulses racing. And it still does. Thirty years after its original release, Dirty Dancing has been adapted into a musical starring Abigail Breslin, Debra Messing, and Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland. The movie’s classic, unforgettable soundtrack make it an obvious and excellent choice for this. So tune in Wednesday, May 24, at 8 p.m. on ABC. It’s that time of your life again.

Twin Peaks
Showtime, 5/21 at 9 p.m.

Twin Peaks went off the air two and a half decades ago with one of the darkest, most sinister endings in television history, and perhaps history in general. Spoiler alert, if you haven’t had time to watch the original series in the last 25 years: Kyle Maclachlan becomes possessed by a demon—the demon responsible for the murder Kyle Maclachlan is investigating—and that’s it. What can we expect from the new series? What has been percolating in David Lynch’s unconscious all this time? Will we find out how Annie is? No one really has any idea. See what lurks ahead Sunday, May 21, at 9 p.m. It’s on Showtime, so add it to your package if you haven’t already.

Netflix, now streaming

There are so many old, bad sci-fi movies in the world that they’re practically a renewable resource—of comedy. The always ingenious Mystery Science Theater 3000 is back on Netflix after vanishing into the deeper reaches of space in 1999. This is a revival that really feels more like a continuation. It’s every bit as hilarious as it always was. The biggest surprise is hearing smartphones mentioned. Settle in for the first episode, whose subject is the 1961 Danish movie Reptilicus, and be transported back to a goofier era. Netflix comes integrated with the Hopper 3, so you don’t have to switch devices to watch it on your TV.

Dear White People
Netflix, now streaming

Season one of the satirical comedy series (based on the 2014 film) has been available for streaming on Netflix since April, and in just under a month, it has inspired countless thinkpieces, accolades, and exhortations to watch. Dear White People is nuanced and character-driven, and part of its realness comes from its deft handling of references both to current events and cultural touchstones from Shonda Rhimes to Iyanla: Fix My Life.

Disney XD, summer 2017

Racecars, lasers, aeroplanes! Strap on your bathing caps and get ready to dive into a pile of gold coins because DuckTales is set to make a comeback this summer. Whether you want to solve a mystery, or re-write history, you can watch the new version on Disney XD, available in the DISH America’s Top 200 package.

Fargo (season 3)
FX, Wednesdays at 10 p.m.

We’ve come a long way from the events of 1987 as portrayed in the 1996 film Fargo. In season 3 of the TV adaptation, we’re in 2010, a time when the flip phone past mingled with the smartphone-clicking future. As with all its predecessors, this iteration of Fargo begins with a misconceived crime segueing immediately into grotesque, shattering violence. This season concerns the murder of Ennis Stussey, formerly Thaddeus Mobley, a writer of award winning sci-fi novels. Season two was interrupted in the most jarring way imaginable by a sci-fi element, and that has now been foregrounded. Look forward to it Wednesdays at 10 on FX.