It’s going to get a bit more confusing knowing what decade you live in if you watch a lot of CBS.
Hawaii Five-0 unleashed a horrible beast at CBS it would seem. With the success of that Reboot, and an increasingly crowded scripted TV market, the Eye Network is just plumbing the depths of its library for any familiar name at this point. It already brought back S.W.A.T. and MacGyver, and just this week we learned that it plans to bring back Murphy Brown, but that just isn’t enough old shows!
CBS has now ordered pilots for Reboots of both Magnum P.I. and Cagney & Lacey.
As The Hollywood Reporter point outs, “Broadcast, cable and streaming outlets continue to lean heavily on familiar titles in a bid to cut through a cluttered scripted landscape that is expected to top 500 originals this year.” But here’s the problem with this, if your network becomes nothing but your old shows, how do you plan on capturing new viewers? Your audience will finally diminish to nothing and you will then be stuck with nothing original. Will you, at that point, reboot the reboots?
It is becoming increasingly clear the old model of the broadcast network is broken, and with moves like this you have to begin to wonder if it might just be time to let them die.
So far these two latest series are just pilot orders, so they will be going through the normal new series procedures, but something tells me we will see them in the fall.