When it comes to TV remakes, there are some that fans simply can’t get on board with: Charlie’s Angels, Knight Rider, Melrose Place. Then there are revamped shows inspired by former series that just work, like Hawaii Five-0 and Dallas. But instead of remakes, what about sequels? Some are already in the works while others just need a gentle push to get the green light. Let’s get pushing.
Where we left off: Hayden Fox (best character name ever, Craig T. Nelson) had retired from coaching and moved back to Minnesota to raise son Tim while wife Christine (Shelley Fabares) worked at a local TV station. Luther (Jerry Van Dyke) also retired but Dauber (Bill Fagerbakke) succeeded Hayden as the Orlando Breakers’ head coach.
Where it’s going: NBC announced that the sequel takes place 18 years later and will follow Hayden being called back to become assistant coach to Tim, the new head coach at an Ivy league school in Pennsylvania that is just starting up a new team.
Ranking of necessity: Meh.
Where we left off: Jimmy James (Stephen Root) sold the station to retire in New Hampshire, but he returned to try and take as many of the WNYX staff with him as he could.
Where it should go: Let’s see how successful Jimmy’s new radio station and newspaper in New Hampshire would be, except with a fresher cast — with Jimmy still at the helm.
Ranking of necessity: Barely there.
8. Dawson’s Creek
Where we left off: The super-satisfying two-hour finale was a truly satisfying conclusion to the coming-of-age story with Jen’s (Michelle Williams) death, Dawson’s (James Van Der Beek) Hollywood dreams coming true and Joey (Katie Holmes) finally choosing between Dawson and Pacey (Joshua Jackson).
Where it should go: Instead of a sequel, we think a TV reunion movie would better serve the series — as Dawson has turned into a studio bigwig, Joey and Pacey are travelling the world in their little boat and Jack (Kerr Smith), now the school principal, and Doug (Dylan Neal), now the Deputy Mayor, are still running things in Capeside. Jen will narrate, of course.
Ranking of necessity: Wah, wah.
Where we left off: Monica (Courteney Cox) and Chandler’s (Matthew Perry) surrogate gave birth to twins and they prepared to move to the suburbs; Rachel (Jennifer Aniston) was offered a job in Paris but she and Ross (David Schwimmer) realized they still loved each other and she DIDN’T GET ON THE PLANE. It ended with the group leaving the iconic apartment for Central Perk for one last giant cup of coffee.
Where it should go: It ended kind of perfectly, with each character entering a new chapter in their lives, but can’t you just see it? Neurotic Monica and goofy Chandler raising teenage twins Jack and Erica in suburbia with Joey (Matt LeBlanc) living in their garage like The Fonz, getting occasional visits from Uncle Ross, Aunt Rachel and kooky Auntie Phoebe (Lisa Kudrow). Think Suburgatory meets Cougar Town.
Ranking of necessity: Comme ci, comme ça
6. Ally McBeal
Where we left off: Essentially a glorified farewell party, Ally (Calista Flockhart) planned to leave Boston for New York because she was concerned for Maddie (Hayden Panettiere), her recently acquired 10-year-old daughter (the result of a mix-up with Ally’s egg donation in a fertility study).
Where it should go: Easy. We’d like see where life has taken Maddie, dancing babies and all, and what became of her after being raised by Ms. McBeal. And no, she won’t be in Nashville.
Ranking of necessity: Sure, why not?
5. Will & Grace
Where we left off: It was crazy that after showcasing one of the strongest friendships in television history, Will Truman (Eric McCormack) and Grace Adler (Debra Messing) spent enough time apart for both of them to have college-aged children before their long-awaited reunion. The time jump in the series finale was forced and was a complete disappointment for those who didn’t get to see how these two would’ve raised their kids together.
Where it should go: That being said, Will and Grace’s time has passed. But Jack McFarland (Sean Hayes) and Karen Walker (Megan Mullally) hasn’t. The two actors haven’t had much luck post-Will & Grace so it seems fitting that they reunite for weekly escapades with Jack & Karen.
Ranking of necessity: Giddy. Up.
4. Sports Night
Where we left off: After struggling with ratings, a mysterious buyer who resembled Agent Coulson saved Sports Night and it was kept on the air.
Where it should go: Have you seen it? The series still works. The behind-the-scenes action of a live sports news program starring co-anchors Casey McCall (Peter Krause) and Dan Rydell (Josh Charles), producer Dana Whitaker (Felicity Huffman), producers Natalie Hurley (Sabrina Lloyd) and Jeremy Goodwin (Joshua Malina) all under the guidance and leadership of executive Isaac Jaffe (Robert Guillaume), the only thing that needs to be rectified is that Casey and Dan are now married and living happily ever after.
Ranking of necessity: Anytime, just say the word.
3. My So-Called Life
Where we left off: The Letter. Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto) couldn’t find the best way to apologize to Angela Chase (Claire Danes) so he begged Brian Krakow (Devon Gummersall) to Cyrano a love note to give her and through a voiceover and montage, the letter travels from Brian’s head to Jordan’s hand to Angela’s heart. But even after Angela learned it was Brian that wrote the letter, she still chose Jordan.
Where it should go: Twenty years later, a Sliding Doors-style series fits the bill. In the first half-hour of every episode, we’d see what would have become of Angela’s life had she chosen Brian. The second half would be where things would’ve gone if she stuck it out with Jordan. Flashbacks and all.
Ranking of necessity: Um, yes, please.
2. The X-Files
Where we left off: After nine seasons, it seems the truth is still out there to be uncovered.
Where it should go: Creator and executive producer Chris Carter has remained tight lipped about the six-episode event series but we don’t care. All we know is Mulder (David Duchovny) and Scully (Gillian Anderson) will be back — hopefully still together; maybe even married (squeeeeee!) — to investigate the latest unsolved mystery.
Ranking of necessity: Yeah, baby, yeah.
1. Twin Peaks
Where we left off: In the series finale, Laura Palmer told Agent Cooper in the Red Room: “I’ll see you again in 25 years.” Looks like executive producers David Lynch and Mark Frost are keeping that promise.
Where it should go: That gum? It’s clearly back in style. It’s 25 years after the devastating cliffhanger where, among many other things, Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) was alive but possessed by the spirit of Killer Bob. Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) is also returning, as is the legendary Log Lady (Catherine E. Coulson) so expect all kinds of supernatural goodness to satisfy your freaky cravings — but hopefully you also get some closure by the end of the nine glorious episodes.
Ranking of necessity: Yes, yes, yes!!!