In the future, when students read about the 2010s in their history textbooks, it'll be in a chapter called "The End of Creativity and the Death of Original Ideas." Everything old is new again in 2015, and NBC is just as guilty as the rest of 'em. The network has the upcoming Heroes Reborn reboot, as well as a Coach revival starring Craig T. Nelson. Now you can add a potential revival of the '90s comedy The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,according to TV Line.
Although details about the new project are scarce, sources told the website that Will Smith's production company is in the “very early stages” of developing a revival that is set in present day. Joining Smith as executive producers would be his wife, Jada Pinkett Smith, as well as Caleeb Pinkett, and James Lassiter. The original Fresh Prince aired on NBC from 1990 to 1996.
The Fresh Prince news comes at an interesting time, as NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour on Thursday that the network is careful about rebooting and reviving projects. Speaking about the decision to reboot Heroes and bring back Coach, Greenblatt said, "Every now and then a good idea comes up, [but] we're very careful about reviving old shows, because it's really difficult thing to do."
"At the moment, there's a couple of things we're talking about," he continued, "but Heroes seemed to be a show [that] still [has] such a rabid fanbase online [that] we thought a new edition of it could just be a success. But I think we have to be measured about how much we look to the past."
When asked about the network's decision to bring back the '90s series Coach, a decision that left many TV fans scratching their heads, Greeblatt said that the idea of picking up 20 years later came together pretty quickly and was presented to him by Nelson and the show's creator. "One man's practical joke is another man's hit show," he said.
I guess only time will tell if that's true.
What do you think of NBC's decision to reboot so many shows?