It seems that new TV restarts are announced almost every day, quelling viewers’ desire for nostalgic content.
Sex and the city, Fraser and Dexter Are all ready to return with their protagonist (the first one, Minus samantha), while others like True love is like blood, Neverland and Doogie Howser, MD Will receive rejuvenation treatment without the original actor.
In some cases, the series will be refreshed by their choice of actors: many of the relaunched characters will feature racialized actors for the first time.
However, by granting black, aboriginal, and other people of color creation permission instead of new original series, will the reprint of the old show occupy a better service space?
Reboot is easy to sell to nostalgic audiences
Jhanik Bullard, assistant executive producer and story coordinator of the CBC show, said that although it has been restarted since at least the 1970s, the pandemic has always been an “incubator” for them and the audience is trapped at home Coroner.
Show their time-like Icarly and Saved by the bell -Get restart therapy. Nostalgia is a reliable way to attract audiences, he said, “Because you are tapping the emotional core that resonates with the audience.”
Rick Ellis, creator of All Your Screens in Minnesota, said that with the rise of streaming media, reboots are also making a comeback. This is a newsletter about the television industry.
Large companies such as Peacock, HBO Max, and Paramount Plus can use a large number of existing data files, so restarting shows is an easy way to reduce costs. He said that they are also a means to stand out in the TV field, where viewers can get more content than ever before.
“If this is something that people are familiar with, even if it is something they don’t particularly care about the first time, they will say to themselves,’Oh, I want to know what it looks like now,’ and then they will listen,” Liss said.
exist Recent column For the Guardian, author Sam Wolfson said that the shock of the current restart is catalyzed by the ABC show RosanaIn 2018, the star Roseanne Barr (Roseanne Barr) was launched after a racist tweet-so the network called other actors, with a new title, Connors. The audience followed closely, and it became a hit.
But Ellis said that there is no guarantee of all restarted built-in ratings, because viewers need something original or interesting to attract attention.
“Nostalgia can make you watch it for the first time; it can’t make you watch the entire show.”
BIPOC creates new features
Miracle yearIt is an ABC program broadcast from 1988 to 1993. It tells the story of a white middle-class suburban family and their youngest son Kevin. Kevin tells the story of his childhood experiences in the United States in the 1960s and 70s.
The show will restart in the fall, but this time, it will star in a black family in Montgomery, Alabama, a hot spot for the civil rights movement.
As these contexts and casts change, Miracle year Positioned as a very different show from the original iteration.
Kathleen Newman-Bremang, senior editor of Unbothered at Refinery29, said: “To be honest, I would rather see the story of a new black family than just repurpose this white story.”
She recently Wrote a column Regarding color discrimination in television programs, it is a discrimination against dark-skinned members of racial or ethnic groups.
“[Network executives] Thought,’Oh, we have a new gossip Girl. Look at all these black people, these light-skinned black people we sprinkled there. We have done enough. This is radical enough for me. That’s what they said. “
Bullard agreed, saying that adding light-skinned black actors to TV shows is a way to get white audiences to accept updates.
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Columnist Carolina A. Miranda’s early concept of diversity usually means “adding one or two Latinos to the ensemble.” Recently said in the Los Angeles Times.
Now the reboot has a brand new lineup of protagonists, some of which are played by BIPOC actors (gossip Girl, Saved by the bell). Others added BIPOC characters to play with original stars (Icarly). The original cast of these three shows was almost-if not entirely-white.
In a notable case, Beavis and ass spin off Daria Will restart, this time called Judy And starring Daria’s best friend Black.
Some creators vowed that with a new cast, they will push to resolve topics not covered in the original version of the show.
gossip Girl Joshua Safran creator Said he wanted “Tell more strange stories” in “a more diverse universe”.Remastered promotional materials 4400The CW science fiction series, which premiered in 2004, stated that the show will focus on “neglected, underrated or otherwise marginalized communities.”
Newman-Bremang said that restarting the show with BIPOC actors is usually a way to appease a generation of audiences who value media representatives and often complain on the Internet, but the storyline needs to match.
“If they launch a show that is as problematic as it was ten or twenty years ago, people will not watch it,” she said.
Why the restart will take away the opportunities for BIOC creators
Although BIPOC actors playing traditional white roles or new roles in previous all-white shows are a common method, there is an alternative: leave room for BIPOC creators and use racialized actors to develop new originals story.
The consensus of these three experts is that the network allocates resources to restart, which will be better used for BIOC creators’ opportunities.
Newman-Breman said: “These restarts are definitely taking something from the original content-they get a time period that can be given to another black, indigenous or colored creator.”
“These restarts take up a lot of bandwidth from the network and the studio,” Ellis added. “They don’t have that much energy to devote to updated features, and they may be truly original things.”
A sort of Recent reports on black representatives in movies and TV The conclusion is that black creators in creative roles believe that they have a responsibility to provide opportunities for other black non-screen talents. “Unless at least one senior member of the production is black, black talent is largely excluded from these key roles,” it said.
In addition, it found that film and television “have very few representatives in top management and on the board.”
Brad said that mainly white executives are still giving orders. He is also the treasurer of BIPOC TV & Film, a non-profit organization that represents blacks, aboriginals and people of color in the Canadian industry.
“WHO [are] The ultimate decision maker?Because even if we re-produce these shows… the decision to enter the show or what we see in the show is still [have] “He said. “They say yes or no to certain storylines or certain characters.
Both Bullard and Newman-Bremang point to series like Issa Rae Not safe And Michaela Coel’s I might ruin you As examples of critically acclaimed shows, these shows provide opportunities for creators of color who want to tell their stories. Both were created by black women with dark skin.
“If the entire TV board is just revived or recycled, we will lose our creativity,” Newman-Bremang said.