Charlie’s Angels is heading back to TV, says Variety. I know this will come as a shock, considering that TV reboots are such a rare thing these days. Leave us take a look at recent attempts:
- The Love Boat: The Next Wave (1998): Ass, canceled after one season. Robert Urich dies three years later. Coincidence?
- Fantasy Island (1998): Canceled after less than a season.
- Battlestar Galactica (2005): Genius.
- Bionic Woman (2007): Canceled after eight episodes.
- Knight Rider (2008): Garbage, canceled after one season.
- 90210 (2008): Success for the CW, where ratings only have to be slightly higher than a high school football game.
- Melrose Place (2009): Having trouble fulfilling even the aforementioned CW ratings requirements.
- Cupid (2009): Canceled after seven episodes.
- V: Uninteresting Abercrombie & Fitch ad. Cancellation TBD.
Josh Friedman, recently of Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles is close to getting the pilot order from ABC as writer / exec producer. The original series’ producer Leonard Goldberg will also be producing, as well as erstwhile theatrical Angel, Drew Barrymore. Aaron Spelling, who launched the original in 1976, won’t be involved with this version due to creative differences with living.
This will, in fact, be the fourth attempt at a reboot, including the McG films, after attempts fell short with Angels ’88 and another aborted attempt in 2004 with Carlton Cuse. Doubtless, the press the original show got with the recent death of original Angel, Farrah Fawcett, this past summer contributed in some small way. This new version is stated to be geared toward a new generation while paying homage to the past. This is interesting, considering that the corpse of the most recent attempt at a reboot, Dollhouse hasn’t even arrived on the coroner’s slab yet.
Cancellation info on this reboot as it becomes available.