March Madness: Reboot/Spinoff

When Hollywoo can’t adapt (see SweetbitterAmerican Gods, etc.) it retools and relaunches. We have at least eight of those in our pools, and it’s up to you to decide which of the new generation can be crown the greatest.

Murphy Brown was resurrected solely for my mother. She wanted someone to yell at Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Murphy did. She wanted someone to live stream deportation…actually, no, she didn’t want that, and I had to leave the room for that episode. Which speaks to the gravitas of the new Murphy: angry and indignant, it’s good to have it back.

I’m not sure who CBS made the new Magnum P.I. for. He’s saved gender inequality in Africa, apparently, but his work is so improbable, and so lacking in intrigue than I can hardly muster a yawn at the laundromat while I fold my leggings. Which is a shame, because Jay Hernandez brings handsome intrigue to his roles.

Jason, who suggested the show re-tool without Roseanne Barr practically before the new Roseanne premiered, deserves the honor of telling you about this “spinoff:”
What does a rebooted show do when its titular character goes off the deep end and says something racist (erm, we mean, took an Ambien and it caused them to become racist)? Well, if it’s Roseanne, just regroup and go on without her. The 1980s version was always more ensemble than the title let on, and with Darlene, Dan, Jackie, and the rest, still there, the hard-hitting, impeccably written sitcom missed zero beats, starting from its first episode when it tackled the opioid epidemic which killed Roseanne, the character.

The Conners faces off against Roswell, New Mexico, which, unfortunately, no one is watching.

Charmed has been resurrected by the CW, featuring elements of Santeria. Less cheesy than The Power of Three will Set Us Free, the show is beloved by all three of my roommates. It’s natural then, to face the new Charmed against Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, a cool, new take on Sabrina the Teenage Witch. Fiona will take it from here:

An adaptation of a comic series sharing the same name, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina features a young Sabrina Spellman just before her sixteenth birthday. Sabrina is a young half-witch struggling to reconcile her mortal and witch sides. We follow Sabrina’s journey as she challenges expectations, and questions the concept of free will. Ultimately, Sabrina’s fight against evil leads her right into it. The show is glamorous, dark, and spooky.

Fiona has a handle on Grown-ish (the Black-ish spinoff) and Good Trouble, too:

A spin-off of The Fosters, Good Trouble is having no trouble at all making a name for itself. Focusing on the lives of Callie and Mariana Adams-Foster, the show follows these women, now in their early twenties, as they begin their careers. Callie, as a clerk for a federal judge, continues to be a voice for justice and social change, now with a newfound maturity and slightly better judgment. Mariana is in the tech world navigating what it means to be not just a woman, but a woman of color in a field dominated by white men. The show has the same bent for taking on social issues headfirst as The Fosters, but with newfound freedom. Just as its characters have grown, so has this show. Good Trouble also has a very active social media presence and posts informative videos that dig further into the issues dealt with on the show tackling concepts such as trans rights, police violence, and debt.

A spinoff of the ABC sitcom Black-ish, Grown-ish follows the ups and downs of Zoey’s college life. It’s a thirty-minute comedy that is not afraid to take bold swings. Rather than a monster of the week, Grown-ish has a social issue of the week, ranging from things like consent and misogyny to political beliefs and safe spaces. While it sometimes seems like this friend group never stops fighting, Grown-ish demonstrates the work we need to do to understand each other and the importance of surrounding yourself with people who have a wide variety of beliefs.


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