We’ll concede that the reboots of Doctor Who, 90210 and Degrassi are more popular than anyone could have guessed. But that doesn’t mean every semi-successful show should be given the same treatment, no matter how popular they are on video-on-demand services. (Looking at you, Charmed.) Some series are just fine the way they are, thank you very much. We’re already wary of Girl Meets World; we don’t need any more reboots of shows we hold dear.
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Sabrina the Teenage Witch
Sure, maybe witches are in again because of AHS Coven and The Vampire Diaries, but let’s not bring back Sabrina the Teenage Witch. There was a movie, a TV series, and an animated series. Sabrina needs a break.
My So-Called Life
Although My So-Called Life was axed a little prematurely, the show is so undeniably '90s that bringing it back would be an affront to the decade. Besides, the whole show would consist of Angela Chase Facebook-stalking Jordan Catalano, not that we would blame her.
The love triangle of Dawson, Pacey, and Joey was a rollercoaster for anyone growing up in the '90s. Now, however, it seems like there’s a love triangle everywhere you look thanks to Twilight. So let’s let this story rest.
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
The television show itself was a reboot from the 1992 film of the same name. You can’t reboot a reboot! That’s crazy talk! (We’re willing to give up Angel though.)
You can’t bring back Friends, unless it’s fifty years in the future for a cool mash up of Friends and The Golden Girls. Because we’d totally watch that show.
Netflix and other video-on-demand services have started a binge-watching revolution within television. (Viva la binge-watching!) Adding to the success of Netflix are the site’s original drama series: House of Cards, Hemlock Grove, Orange is the New Black and Derek. Now, Netflix is venturing into the realm of original movies, but how successful can this endeavor be when the site’s success was built on binge-watching TV series?
One of the best things about Netflix is the ability to spend 18 hours watching old episodes of Doctor Who or Charmed, probably because the movie selection on the site isn’t super great. Most big titles are only available through Netflix’s DVD-by-mail service and who wants to wait three days for Star Trek when you could be watching Battlestar Gallactica right now?
Of course, this could be an advantage for Netflix. If we have to choose between watching Movie 43 and an original film created by the same people as Orange is the New Black or House of Cards, well, we’re not going to pick Movie 43.
As long as Netflix puts as much effort into these new original films as they have into their original series, there’s no reason they won’t be just as popular. In fact, it’s a great idea because sometimes the thought of watching a 13-hour series is so much more daunting than a two-hour movie. (Yes you can even be lazy when it comes to binge-watching, and yes, we’re totally guilty of this occasionally.)
We were really excited when news broke that Tom Hardy will be starring in Rocketman, the Elton John biopic, but Hardy better know how to sing. He’s proved his acting chops, and although he hasn’t proven his musical talents yet, we’re excited to see the actor sing some of John’s most famous and beloved tracks in the upcoming film. These are just a few we’d like to see.
We’re looking forward to the outrageous costumes that could easily be included with the performance of “Crocodile Rock.” Giant feathers! Bright colors! We want all of it.
We can’t wait for Hardy to sing “Tiny Dancer” and not because we’re secretly hoping he’ll accidentally say “Hold me closer, Tony Danza.” (Okay, maybe a little.)
“Rocket Man (I Think It’s Going To Be A Long Long Time)”
If the creators of Rocketman chose this song as the film title, they better include it. Plus it’s one of our favorites, so they doubly better include it.
“Bennie and the Jets”
C’mon, who doesn’t love dancing around and getting the lyrics wrong while singing this song? It’s a crowd pleaser and we hope Hardy can get the words right.
Hardy’s got the dreamboat thing down. Imagine him singing “Your Song.” It’s even dreamier than Ewan McGregor in Moulin Rouge! This song alone could persuade many ladies (and gentlemen) to see Rocketman.
When NBC announced that they would only air two more episodes of Parks and Recreation in 2013, fans of the show immediately blamed Jerry. Because he’s the worst. The network is making room for specialty programming to promote the ratings-challenged new show Sean Saves the World. By shifting the schedule around, the Halloween and Election Day episodes were pushed back and will air weeks after the events with which they coincide. Then Parks and Rec won’t return until 2014, so we’ll have to watch our favorite episodes on DVD and streaming to fill the void left by Leslie Knope and her plucky, determined crew.
Gather your favorite guys and gals and have your own Galentine’s Day party to celebrate Parks and Rec — who cares that it’s October? Don’t forget the super thoughtful gifts or you’ll disappoint Leslie!
As Tom and Donna would say: “Treat yo' self!” Relax while you watch Ron and Leslie battle it out to see who has the better Pawnee scout troop. Pawnee Goddesses, duh!
Everything about “Greg Pikitis” is flawless: first Halloween episode of the series, Leslie becomes crazy-obsessed with catching a teenaged vandal, Louis C.K. guest stars, and Andy’s FBI agent alter ego Burt Macklin is born.
“Win, Lose, or Draw”
The episode where Leslie was elected councilwoman of Pawnee is heartwarming and hilarious. It’s Parks and Rec at its finest.
You know that viral video clip of Ron Swanson drunkenly dancing like a lunatic with a silly tiny hat on his head? Yeah, that’s from this episode. (Also: April yelling in Spanish, Ben saying “Bababooie,” and Leslie ranting about her fight with Ann.)
The biggest surprise of fall TV premiere season was Fox’s Sleepy Hollow. Who’d have thought that a series claiming George Washington was fighting an apocalyptic war in addition to the Revolutionary War would be successful, let alone incredibly popular? Apparently, the cast — Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, and Orlando Jones — knew all along.
When the cast of Sleepy Hollow appeared at San Diego Comic Con in July, Mison said they begged the attendees of their panel to watch the show. (Maybe that’s an exaggeration.) A few months later at New York Comic Con, the cast announced Sleepy Hollow had already been renewed for a second season. Fans rejoiced that this strange, scary, quirky, funny, adventurous, and all-around lovable series would be back for a second year.
Still, it’s hard to believe fans can love the show as much as the cast. When asked a good reason to watch Sleepy Hollow while at SDCC, Jones replied, “Oh that’s easy: because it’s the best show on television.” Maybe Jones is psychic, since this was before it had even premiered.
At the Sleepy Hollow NYCC panel, Mison explained his decision process to audition for Ichabod Crane: “This was the last [script] that I read and I instantly had to read it again, because I thought: No! Really? I didn’t believe anyone had the balls to make a show like this. I just couldn’t not be in it, really.”
Every time a cast member talks about Sleepy Hollow it’s easy to see they’re as big of fans of the show as anyone else. In fact, we might have to duke it out Revolutionary War-style with Orlando Jones for the title of super-fan.
Who can forget the 1988 Tim Burton classic starring Michael Keaton, Alec Baldwin, and Geena Davis? We’re not going to say his name — lest we summon the obnoxious ghoul from beyond the grave — but you know who we’re talking about. Now 25 years later, Tim Burton and Michael Keaton have entered talks with Warner Bros. to revive the famous ghost, but how could a sequel be anywhere near as good as the original?
From the 1980s until the early 2000s, Burton put out one fantastically morbid cult movie after another: Edward Scissorhands, The Nightmare Before Christmas, James and the Giant Peach, and Corpse Bride just to name a few. Burton was the king of mixing horror with comedy in a way that could make you scream and laugh at the same time. (Well, maybe that’s not possible, but you know what we mean.) However, in recent years Burton seems to have lost his touch. It was especially apparent in 2012’s Dark Shadows, which we can all agree was not his best work.
So is Beetlejuice 2 going to be Burton’s redemption? Will he be able to get back the movie magic he once had? Or will the sequel fall victim to whatever funk Burton has been in for the past couple years? Unfortunately, it’s going to be a while before we get some answers since the film is still in the very early stages of pre-production.
But the real question on our mind isn't whether the film will be good (we’re pretty sure it won’t be), it’s how will Burton manage to include his favorites: Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham Carter?
Not all specters can have the same epic romance as Patrick Swayze’s character from Ghost. That’s where GhostSingles.com steps in and offers the completely fictional (or is it?) dating service for the deceased who are looking for love. Between a chat feature, dating tips, and search component, the site has everything a phantom on the prowl could need to get a date.
With this new service we’d like to see a few of our favorite famous ghosts find love. Casper, for instance, could take a little more initiative in his love-afterlife. His relationship with Christina Ricci may not have worked out since they didn’t have much in common — she was corporeal, he wasn’t, his uncles killed her dad, etc. Then there was Hilary Duff, which most people might forget. (She was a witch, he was a ghost, it wasn’t meant to be.) Hopefully Casper can use Ghost Singles to break his cycle of doomed relationships.
Another ghost we’d like to see find love is poor Moaning Myrtle, the ghost that hangs around the first floor girls’ bathroom at Hogwarts. It might be best if she keeps the negativity to a minimum on her profile and she might want to drop the ‘Moaning’ (although maybe not depending on the type of ghost she’s looking for.) Myrtle does have one thing going for her: it’s doubtful anyone else on the site was killed by a basilisk. That will lead to some interesting first date conversations.
One fault of Ghost Singles, though, is that the site doesn’t give any helpful tips on how to plan a first date after the users meet their dream-ghost. Uh oh. Let’s hope those crazy love-spirits will figure it out.
If given the choice of which witch’s power from American Horror Story Coven is the best, what would we choose? Well, the Supreme’s of course. Fiona Goode (Jessica Lange) has unlimited abilities, but that’s way too easy. Of all the other witches on AHS Coven, these are the best powers that we’ve seen so far.
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Zoe Benson (Taissa Farmiga) can have sex with people...to death. The jury’s still out on whether that’s good, bad, or just depressing.
Bringing animals (and possibly humans) back to life seemed peaceful enough until Misty Day (Lily Rabe) revived an alligator that turned around and mauled the people who killed it. Spoiler alert: that’s how Swamp People ends.
Pro: clairvoyance could totally be used for gossip, furthering your career, or winning the lottery. Con: it might drive you a little crazy.
Human Voodoo Doll
Quit hitting yourself! Quit hitting yourself! Although Queenie (Gabourey Sidibe) can’t actually control other people’s limbs, if she stabs herself in the hand or dips her arm in boiling oil, it’s going to leave a mark on her victim. (So don’t get on her bad side.)
As Madison Montgomery (Emma Roberts) proved in the premiere episode, telekinesis can be deadly depending on who is wielding the power. Or it could be used to make every child’s Matilda dreams come true. C’mon you know you had them, if only because it made cooking look like so much more fun than it is.
With Halloween right around the corner, October is the perfect season for scary television. Thankfully for TV buffs that love a dash of horror in their drama (though maybe not the PTSD-inducing kind like the Red Wedding scene from Game of Thrones,) there are plenty of spooky shows to choose from. These series are our picks for the perfect television fright fest.
The Vampire Diaries
Although the main characters of TVD are usually more concerned about whether Damon or Stefan are shacking up with Elena at the moment, let’s not forget TVD kills off characters more often than Elena changes her mind about which brother she’s actually in love with.
You might scoff at the ridiculous premise (biblical prophesies of demons and the apocalypse? Come on.) But watch Sleepy Hollow with the lights out and the freaky-looking demons will give even the bravest person nightmares.
After nine seasons you’d think Supernatural’s Sam and Dean Winchester would run out of creatures to hunt; instead the things that go bump in the night just get scarier and more evil. From clowns to the devil himself, if someone’s afraid of it, the Winchesters have killed it (or died trying.)
The Walking Dead
Zombies. Do I really need to say more? Okay: people. There’s nothing scarier than a person so desperate to live that they’ll do anything to avoid becoming zombie-chow.
American Horror Story: Coven
Each new season of AHS is creepier, scarier, and more horrifying than those before it, and Coven is no exception. This season, they pulled out all the stops to petrify the audience—from explicit torture to a painfully realistic rape scene (like, seriously: yikes) AHS Coven unmercifully goes for the jugular.