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MIKEPR
Why is this happening so much these days other than profit whether or not that's the main reason or not?


These shows or movies were good for their time and to me should be left where they belong, in the past and remembered they way they were. 




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bluegrassbaby86
It seems to me like they're just trying to cash in on the nostalgia craze.  I admit I enjoy some of the sequel shows.  When I watch them I try to appreciate them on their own, as if you try to compare them to the originals they're never going to be as good.  Also, it's cool that they are bringing the classic shows to new audiences, but it would be cool if they would make more of the originals easier to find as well for those who would like to see them, and I don't mean cable TV playing the same episodes to death.
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MIKEPR

bluegrassbaby86 wrote :

It seems to me like they're just trying to cash in on the nostalgia craze.  I admit I enjoy some of the sequel shows.  When I watch them I try to appreciate them on their own, as if you try to compare them to the originals they're never going to be as good.  Also, it's cool that they are bringing the classic shows to new audiences, 
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The new younger audiences can turn on any classic TV station and watch them there.

Chances are most of them might look at the older original shows and look down on them if they're aware that the series they're watching is a revival.

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bluegrassbaby86
This is true, but there are some of the classic shows that aren't on TV, or maybe I'm just a dork and don't know where they are.  Of course I mostly watch TV by streaming services so I have been able to find a lot of stuff I want to see that way.
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Vaporman87

It’s mostly a way to cash in on nostalgia, but I do think that the craze has provided some creative folks the chance to pay homage to things they love from their youth. The remakes and reboots are a mixed bag, but any time a long-awaited sequel comes along, I’m initially excited and hopeful that it will do well critically and financially.

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Dalek227
It's funny, my husband was flipping through the channels the other night and that TMZ live or whatever show was on. They were discussing certain shows coming back to tv, remakes and reboots and re-imaginings. The guest caller was saying "yes, it seems ridiculous but trust me Harvey, my generation of 80's and especially 90's kids are hardcore nostalgia freaks and are being marketed towards." he shushed her about that and said yes whatever, every generation is nostalgic, I don't believe for a minute that's what's happening.

I think he's wrong. Yes, all generations get nostalgic, but because the 80's and 90's are where the 50s, 60s and 70s were when we were kids (as in OUR shows have been on nick at night now for awhile, instead of I love Lucy, I dream Of Jeannie, etc)and we;re now the adults and many have their own kids. We are in that spot now. We're old enough to call our stuff retro. I think that's why it seems like 90's kids especially are so hardcore. Sometimes that means they won't even bother watching a remake BECAUSE they are such a fan of the original, but often times were that desperate to see this stuff again that we will watch it. I've never seen such a group of  braggy people that thought THEIR tv shows, cartoons and snack foods were better than anyone else's like a 90's kid LOL. All the damn surveys on Facebook, the buzzfeed articles, most of the forum posts on Retrojunk,. All about 90's kid nostalgia. I think he underestimates how hungry 90's kids are for their nostalgia and are absolutely marketed towards. Again though, I don't think us 80's and 90's kids are MORE nostalgic Think it's just we're at that point where a lot of us will be approaching middle age before we know it, so we're grasping. I mean i'm 38. I can't believe i'm almost 40. 
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MIKEPR
But here's the thing.

Let's take Hawaii-5-O the original. 

Not only do I wonder why anyone who watched the original when it was bran new wanna watch this new version but why would you wanna see someone else actor portray Steve McGarrett other than Jack Lord?

Plus so many today are not only far more grim but has a lot of romance and sex which you wouldn't of seen as much when shows like H-5-O were produced.

1 reason why the H-5-O remake and others are doing well because the audience the networks are targeting either weren't alive or old enough when the original series aired so it's probably easy to remake these classic shows and  the audience for them may have the same negativity for these originals or anything produced decades ago.
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jkatz
For TV shows, there's so many original series being released on Netflix, Amazon Prime, etc. that a few remakes don't bother me none. In fact, I consider it to be a moot point.


Movies are a different situation. I don't think it's so much about wanting to "cash in" on nostalgia as it is relying on familiar brand names; those are probably considered to be safe investments by producers and studios. Movies have gotten so ridiculously expensive to make that nobody wants to give money to something that might be a flop, so instead of giving an original and new film a chance, the studios fund projects that are the most likely to attract an audience.

Not that this strategy always pays off. Remember the Conan reboot? Neither does anybody else.



That's my take on it anyways.
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bluegrassbaby86
Dalek227 wrote :

It's funny, my husband was flipping through the channels the other night and that TMZ live or whatever show was on. They were discussing certain shows coming back to tv, remakes and reboots and re-imaginings. The guest caller was saying "yes, it seems ridiculous but trust me Harvey, my generation of 80's and especially 90's kids are hardcore nostalgia freaks and are being marketed towards." he shushed her about that and said yes whatever, every generation is nostalgic, I don't believe for a minute that's what's happening.

I think he's wrong. Yes, all generations get nostalgic, but because the 80's and 90's are where the 50s, 60s and 70s were when we were kids (as in OUR shows have been on nick at night now for awhile, instead of I love Lucy, I dream Of Jeannie, etc)and we;re now the adults and many have their own kids. We are in that spot now. We're old enough to call our stuff retro. I think that's why it seems like 90's kids especially are so hardcore. Sometimes that means they won't even bother watching a remake BECAUSE they are such a fan of the original, but often times were that desperate to see this stuff again that we will watch it. I've never seen such a group of  braggy people that thought THEIR tv shows, cartoons and snack foods were better than anyone else's like a 90's kid LOL. All the damn surveys on Facebook, the buzzfeed articles, most of the forum posts on Retrojunk,. All about 90's kid nostalgia. I think he underestimates how hungry 90's kids are for their nostalgia and are absolutely marketed towards. Again though, I don't think us 80's and 90's kids are MORE nostalgic Think it's just we're at that point where a lot of us will be approaching middle age before we know it, so we're grasping. I mean i'm 38. I can't believe i'm almost 40. 
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I think the braggy part is because we post everything online.  A lot of 90s kids post everything on Facebook, where older people, while they do have Facebook and some of them are there all the time, they don't typically post their whole lives there.  I have heard 50s and 60s kids brag about their generation and say everything newer sucks, but they usually don't say it online, they say it in conversations.  

Another thing is that due to the nature of the internet, we have access to our nostalgia easier than they did back then.  In the 90s and before, you just had to watch or listen to whatever the TV or radio played, so I guess people didn't think about the stuff from their past as often because they didn't see it that often.  or I could be completely off my rocker.
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