How Would Farrah Feel?
We’re living in the land of the re-make. Movies, TV, music…where did all the original ideas go? Variety recently announced that ABC is extremely close to green-lighting a pilot for a modern version of “Charlie’s Angels.” Original 70’s series producer Leonard Goldberg is on board with Drew Barrymore, who produced and starred in the motion picture version of the show.
I have to admit, I’m a sucker for remakes. “90210” and “Melrose Place” take up significant space on my DVR. The new old series “V” premiered to a huge audience. However, there have been a few bombs. (Did anyone watch “Knight Rider” or “The Bionic Woman?” Yikes.)
Aaron Spelling (RIP), Angels producer extraordinaire and Hollywood icon, attempted to revive the show for Fox in 1988, calling it “Angels 88.” It never took off. He did, however, produce “90210” in its place. Thank you, Aaron! In 2000, Barrymore, Cameron Diaz, and Lucy Liu donned leather bodysuits for the big screen version, which became a box office smash and spawned a sequel.
I was a Television & Film Production major at Syracuse, and spent hours in the classroom dissecting old TV shows. “Mary Tyler Moore,” “The Love Boat,” “St. Elsewhere,” “Hill Street Blues”… where are those remakes? So bring it on ABC… you never fail to impress. (Well, except with “Commander and Chief” and “Emily’s Reasons Why Not” … but I digress.) The new version of “Charlie’s Angels” is expected to pay homage to the past series while also being geared towards the new generation of TV-watchers. Perhaps they can sign Eliza Dushku, Lindsay Price or Rebecca Romijn? (Note: “Dollhouse” and “Eastwick” were both recently cancelled.) Whatever ABC decides, I hope they got Farrah’s blessing.
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