Did we run out of new ideas for movies and TV?
It seems that every time you turn around there is a remake or a redo of an old show or movie.
For example, “Murphy Brown,” the TV show about a TV news show, is back after just 20 years. Some members of the original cast are old. Others have gone to that TV studio in the sky. It will be interesting to see how it is received.
I was at least glad to hear that Charles Kimbrough, who played the stoic Jim Dial, is going to be back for a three-show run. Kimbrough, who is now in his 80s, affectionately called Murphy, “Slugger” and often talked about his days with the likes of Walter Cronkite.
“Magnum P.I.” is back with a younger, hipper, juiced up version of the old show which starred Tom Selleck. Some shows are moving around. “Last Man Standing,” which was cancelled by ABC, will now be seen on FOX. “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” which was on FOX, will make a mid-season debut on NBC.
There have been more than 50 revamps of old movies. They seem to have one or two every year.
In thinking about this, I thought of a few shows I hope they never bring back.
“My Mother the Car” — The show ran for one season on NBC and starred Jerry Van Dyke as a guy who was looking for a car and happens upon a 1928 Porter touring car. As it turns out, his mother is reincarnated in the car and speaks through the radio. A number of critics rank it right up there with “The Jerry Springer Show,” which is now gone (thank you) and hopefully will never return.
“Supertrain” — At the time, this was the most expensive TV show ever produced. It was a cross between a high-speed train and a cruise ship. It may have been a train, but is sank like a rock and was gone in less than a season.
“After MASH” — This was a really bad attempt at showing Col. Potter, Klinger and Father Mulcahy in their post-Korea life. It made it for parts of two seasons and pardon the pun, bombed.
“Life with Lucy” — This was Lucille Ball’s final stab at series television and, sadly, was a ratings flop. It was another turn at the scenario of Lucy as a widow and her old standby, Gale Gordon, as her brother-in-law and business partner. Sometimes you just need to know when to stop. This one stopped in less than 3 months.
“Bonanza” — We were devoted visitors to the Ponderosa each week. My dad could not stand it if we switched over to watch the “Ed Sullivan Show.” Mama referred to The Beatles as “those old beetle bugs.” But nary a bad word about the Cartwrights. Think about this, they always wore the exact same clothes. That way if they needed a scene of one of the guys riding a horse, it was already in the film can. The other thing you have to wonder is “What woman in her right mind would marry Ben Cartwright?” He had three sons, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. All of them had different mothers who all died. Ben was the black widower. Ben, Adam and Hoss also had the worst toupees ever. Fortunately, Joe had a full head of curly hair. His ma, bless her soul, had good genes. It was a great show, but don’t bring it back.
There are others on the list, but I’ve gotta go. Some new reality show will be on in minutes. Really?