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Old May 5 2012, 08:59 PM   #16
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Re: Would a 6 million dollar man (Bionic Man-type) reboot work now?)

Personally, I'm surprised it hasn't been redone before now. What with old tv shows being rebooted over the years, the penchant for Terminator/ Robocop cybernetic heroes and anti-heroes and, of course, the proliferation of superhero movies, you'd think TSMDM would be a shoo-in for revival. Ticks all tbe boxes.
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Old May 7 2012, 06:43 PM   #17
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I'm suprised that SMDM hasn't been updated, too. I think it could make great modern tv.
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Old May 7 2012, 07:44 PM   #18
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We also had a show called Jake 2.0 which could be considered close to a reboot for the Six Million Dollar Man
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Old May 7 2012, 08:09 PM   #19
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We also had a show called Jake 2.0 which could be considered close to a reboot for the Six Million Dollar Man
Jake 2.0 episode "Double Agent" featured Lee Majors.
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Old May 7 2012, 08:41 PM   #20
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Yes I remember that some what vaugely, well it has been several years since it was last on.
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Old May 7 2012, 08:45 PM   #21
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I don't see why this couldn't work now - Jake 2.0 practically was it already
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Old May 8 2012, 05:23 AM   #22
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^and didn't work apparently.
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Old May 8 2012, 06:11 AM   #23
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What's 6 million in 1974 dollars worth now?
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Old May 8 2012, 07:39 AM   #24
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^ Just under $28m, according to the US Inflation Calculator. That seems very cheap.
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Old May 8 2012, 08:21 PM   #25
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^Inflation calculator be damned, if it's back, it'll be The Six Billion Dollar Man, I reckon.
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Old May 8 2012, 10:28 PM   #26
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^ I like Kevin Smith's $6m dollars per day idea. That works out at about $6.6bn over three years.
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Would a 6 million dollar man (Bionic Man-type) reboot work now?)
For a TV series based on the original... no... it's not something i can see working... the TV series had it's time in the 70's and 80's, ideas and media have moved on from then...

there have been a few attempts to resussitate 70's and 80's TV shows into new series with more 'flair' and design... even ignoring the Bionic Woman disaster....

Anyone remember the horrendous 2008 version of Knight Rider? With KITT voiced by Val Kilmer and looking like he'd been designed by Pimp My Ride? Or how about last years completely disastrous remake of the Charlies Angels TV series... So abysmal that even an hours worth of watching hot women in scantily clad clothing couldn't save it...

The time for these 70's and 80's shows is over, let them rest in piece... for the premise, they could just as easily do an Iron Man TV series, basic writing and ideas are the same, and i'm sure it would do better than a remake of the million dollar man idea...

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Old May 9 2012, 12:16 AM   #28
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^pssst, Hawaii-50.

The problem with an Ironman show isiy would be scads more expensive to film. All that CGI for the armor. The "strength" in the SMDM concept is that most of the time it's just an actor with some post effects. Much more cost effective to film.
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Old May 9 2012, 01:42 AM   #29
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I agree times have changed. Despite Watergate cynicism in regard to government and government agencies hadn't yet affected all of television program yet when the SMDM was made, It was therefore easy for the audience at large to still accept the idea of a good guy doing work for a benevolent (so to speak) government agency. Today I think that would be harder to sell because many have become quite cynical.

That isn't to say a revamped version of the SMDM couldn't be done. I think the short lived series Now And Again came close, but they chose to focus on the hero's family connections and strayed away from the action-adventure and intrigue aspects of the story.

Again it all comes down to execution. If you set it up right and deliver it in just the right way then you could still make it work. It's too easy to say "this won't work because no one will buy that anymore." There are too many examples of that being said until someone comes along to successfully challenge the assumption.

Westerns don't sell, but then we get Dances With Wolves and Unforgiven and quite a few other good westerns since. Pirates don't sell anymore and then we get Pirates Of The Caribbean. Superheroes are strictly for comic books and Saturday morning programming. Really...
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Old May 9 2012, 09:29 PM   #30
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We've had successful tv reboots/ remakes of BSG, Hawaii 5-0 and Doctor Who while Mission: Impossible and others have been successfully remade for the big screen. What was the name of that space show that JJ Abrams remade a couple of years ago? The name's on the tip of my tongue...If only it had a BBS of its own...

Of course, no-one expects TSMDM to be remade exactly as it was and yes, tastes have changed since then. But just because other shows have been done badly, it doesn't mean that this one can't be done well.
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