WarnerMedia considering rebooting Family Matters, Perfect Strangers

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  1. Enterprise is Great

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    and Step By Step and Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper

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    Does anyone really want reboots of any of those shows?
     
  2. Nerys Myk

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    I enjoyed Perfect Strangers. Though I can't imagine someone else duplicating what Bronson Pinchot brought to the show. It would be like trying rebooting Mork and Mindy.
     
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  3. Kai "the spy"

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    Forget the rest of the family, but bring on Reginald VelJohnson and Jaleel White for "The Carl & Urkel Show".
     
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    I would like to see Carl and Urkel do some time traveling and battle robots or something
     
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  5. bigdaddy

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    Urkel is going to be in an episode of Scooby Doo, plus was going to have a role in Fuller House before it got canceled renewed.

    Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper is a surprise because it didn't seem that popular to me, but I remember watching it.

    Step by Step is awful, not needed at all.

    Also a Full House prequel?!?! No!!!!!
     
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  6. Random_Spock

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    Same here. Leave well enough alone. Same goes with Family Matters and the rest of them.
     
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  7. Owain Taggart

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    Sad thing is, I wouldn't be surprised if they are thinking about it. At this rate, I wouldn't be surprised if they're also thinking about rebooting Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
     
  8. Spot's Meow

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    I think many of these reboots would be a mistake. I loved many of these shows, but a big part of what made them popular was that they struck gold with a specific actor/character that really stood out, like Balki or Urkel. You just can't recreate that magic.

    Or rather, that type of magic can still happen nowadays with the right casting choices, but it has basically nothing to do with the show's story/premise. Just because you call another show Family Matters and try to cast a quirky neighbor, it does not mean you will have found that person who stands out and makes the show popular.

    It just feels like there's so little to be gained by such reboots. The chance of success is very low, lower than if you'd just started with a brand new show it feels. The chance of major disappointment is high.
     
  9. JirinPanthosa

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    As far as dumb sitcoms go there are worse choices.
     
  10. Cutie McWhiskers

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    Jaleel is a fantastic and very ranged character actor. His serious stuff appeals to me more and he's that good. I also adore Urkel but his returning to the role would mire him in typecasting for the rest of time, which isn't fair to him as an actor, and any other actor to outdo the original Urkel... maybe a young Robin Williams but none of us has a time machine handy and even Robin couldn't one-up the character.

    On the plus side, remakes do prove a show's longevity, just like how Shakespeare's plays have been remade for centuries. But Shakespeare isn't the only literate scriptwriter anymore, there are only so many plot tropes and character archetypes (the combination, timing, and carryout are key), it's nigh on impossible to capture lightning in a bottle twice. Relying on nostalgia doesn't always work after the premiere episode has been aired. Doesn't mean it can't happen, but what's wrong with creating a new show that's influenced by the earlier ones and having strong enough characters and situations to make it their own instead of relying on the franchise name to get anywhere? I'm amazed anyone over 30 still tunes in and the kids, if they look at the originals, may or may not like those. Which is a reason why remakes are done, because names and places and events have different names now... but something new and inspired by the old just seems to offer more potential and with no preconception or misconception right out of the gate as well, which is why most remakes don't work or turn off so many viewers. That's my guess.
     
  11. Cutie McWhiskers

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    Full House prequel?! Um, is the rating like TVMA or TVNC17 or something? :o I'm not going to watch it either way...
     
  12. JirinPanthosa

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    A Full House prequel would be dark. The story of a young Pam Tanner, a young girl with a bright future ahead of her, who falls in love with a neat freak named Danny. One day shortly after the birth of her third child, she tells her daughters how much she loves them and can’t wait to see them grow up. Says she’s going out and she’ll be right back. Fateful music starts playing as she smilingly walks out the door and crosses the street. A car comes screeching around the corner...and the camera cuts out suddenly, as the music stops. Credits roll silently.

    Stamos said on Colbert Full House is a kids show. So if he really thinks you can do a prequel without Pam Tanner, or you can have a character in a kids show everyone knows is doomed to die, I am morbidly interested in seeing the result.
     
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  13. Snaploud

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    I'll watch if Key and Peele get to be the showrunners:

     
  14. tharpdevenport

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    None of those need to come back.

    Though, honestly, I really liked the dynamic between Urkel and Carl. But it would be pointless to have it back the same; that would mean no growth for the character since the show ended. Though theoretical Urkel could have had a son, who turns out to be just like his dad. And I did like the show's theme song.
     
  15. valkyrie013

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    huh.. No? I mean, if an older series can be rebooted into something current, and not just done to have "name recognition" i can support that, but most of the time, there just doing the time tested thing of slapping a recgognized name on a turd.. owell...
    Speaking of.. surprised Macgyver is going on its 4 season.. Loved the original show, but couldn't make it past 2 episodes of the new guy.. maybe try again sometime latter..
     
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  16. Spot's Meow

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    That one is shocking to me as well. I watched the first new MacGyver episode with my husband, who is obsessed with original MacGyver, and even he couldn't stomach it. It's just plain awful.