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Any TV Shows which were CANCELLED then Resumed years later with Same cast etc ?

Old 05-12-06, 12:26 AM
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Any TV Shows which were CANCELLED then Resumed years later with Same cast etc ?

So i don't mean remakes or spin off shows.

I mean shows which were cancelled then several years later basically picked up where they left off.

I've been watching Melrose Place reruns and i'd love to see that pick up where it left off with the same cast.
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Maybe someone will come up with an example, but for most practical purposes the actors will have moved on to other projects. It would be a logistical nightmare to sign everyone on again.

Now a reunion show, thats much easier to pull off.
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Other than "Family Guy", I can't think of any. There are reunion shows, but not any season-long type deals.

The closest thing I can think of is a couple of actors that would work on two or more series together. For example, Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad played husband and wife in two different series ("The Cosby Show" and "Cosby").
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Other than reunion episodes/movies and Family Guy, I don't think there are any examples of this happening.
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What's Happening Now had pretty much the same cast, or at least most of the original cast as What's Happening.

Other shows that did this (though most of them failed):

The New WKRP (Most of the original cast, minus Howard Hesseman)
The New Leave It To Beaver (Wally, Beav, Mom, and Eddie Haskell all came back)
The Bradys (The entire Brady Bunch cast came back except for Marsha)
Absolutely Fabulous (I think)

The problem with a normal series trying to do this is that people age, and while a show with adults could probably do it, but any show with kids would either have to recast or explain the gap.

Then you have the whole "Well the show failed once, why would be try again?" logic. Still, I'd love to see a new season of Married...With Children, and Seinfeld could probably come back and not miss a beat.
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Originally Posted by TheKing
Absolutely Fabulous (I think)
It's not uncommon for BBC productions (especially sitcoms) to come out very sporatically, instead of annually like in the US. The BBC system doesn't "cancel" a show like the US studios. They commission each series individually and they may not commision another series the next year, but the production team can pitch it later on and it could get picked up years later. AbFab's largest gap was 6 years. Black Adder had a 3 year gap. Red Dwarf had a 4 year gap.
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Originally Posted by TheKing
The New WKRP (Most of the original cast, minus Howard Hesseman)

No Loni Anderson, Jan Smithers, Tim Reid, or Gary Sandy as well so I wouldn't say most of the original cast returned.
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Alien Nation finished its first season run on a cliff hanger in 1990 then picked up exactly where it left off with, as far as I recall, all the same cast in 1994 with a series of five TV movies.
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I think MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY (THE DANNY THOMAS SHOW) came back as MAKE ROOM FOR GRANDDADDY with most of the original cast members.
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Ignoring the "same cast" qualification, there's always Dr. Who:

* Cancelled in 1989
* Resumed in 2005 (with a tv movie in 1996 in-between)
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How about Star Trek? The original series was canceled in 1969 and the animated series with nearly the entire cast premiered four years later.
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I know it is not set in stone to return to TV, but I think Futurama will have the same cast.
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
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Only Scott Baio and Willy Aames returned for that, there was an entirely new family.
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Originally Posted by THX7966
Only Scott Baio and Willy Aames returned for that, there was an entirely new family.
My post was a test to see who knew the most about Charles in Charge. Loser!

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How about JAG?
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I think Gene Barry as Amos Burke was the only returning cast member, but Burke's Law must hold some kind of record for time between revivals, as the show went off the air in 1966 and was revived for the 1994-1995 season.
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What about shows that switch networks? That would mean being cancelled by one network and picked up by another. Does that count?

Wonder Woman was a show like this. I think it debuted on ABC for one year before going to CBS for the next two. Of course they changed the show from WWII to current day 1978ish.
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This is an interesting question. The only one that came to my mind was Absolutely Fabulous and some of the other BBC shows, which others have already mentioned.
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Since the topic is TV shows in general, I'm guessing there are at least a few game show examples. Didn't Bob Eubanks host at least one of the Newleywed Game revivals?
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Originally Posted by Tracer Bullet
My post was a test to see who knew the most about Charles in Charge. Loser!

Who's the bigger loser, someone who knows about Charles in Charge or someone who TESTS people about Charles in Charge?
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We almost had that with Star Trek Phase II.

I love the Star Trek movies, but sometimes I wish we'd have had about 5 more seasons of episodes with old cast.
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Originally Posted by TheKing
What's Happening Now had pretty much the same cast, or at least most of the original cast as What's Happening.

Other shows that did this (though most of them failed):

The New WKRP (Most of the original cast, minus Howard Hesseman)
The New Leave It To Beaver (Wally, Beav, Mom, and Eddie Haskell all came back)
The Bradys (The entire Brady Bunch cast came back except for Marsha)
Absolutely Fabulous (I think)
We also had the Brady Brides and something I beleive called the Singing Brady's which had most of the cast in them although sometimes sporadically.

Also, wasnt Perry Mason revived in the late 80's. Columbo also. giligan's planet if you count cartoons with the actors voices.
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Originally Posted by Jadow
We almost had that with Star Trek Phase II.

I love the Star Trek movies, but sometimes I wish we'd have had about 5 more seasons of episodes with old cast.
For sure. That wouldn've been something. The whole cast was back, and Stephen Collins and Persis Khambata were the new additions. Then Paramount screwed it up and went for a single movie instead, right? I've forgotten why, but man, what a sad decision. One of their many, many Star Trek fuckups--seems they've hardly ever done anything *right* with the franchise.

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