TV Companies Surf Wave of Nostalgia
by Nicholas Taborsky on Friday, February 12th, 2016
Nostalgia: every individual has encountered it at least once or twice in his life. A product of the past, nostalgia can be triggered by certain images or familiar feelings. Whether good or bad, nostalgia pulls a person back to something meaningful in their past. A warm meal might remind you of family dinners and the comforting feelings accompanied with those moments. Nowadays, nostalgia on social media often makes us feel as though the world was infinitely better in the past, as though we have lost what made us successful. TV executives have wholeheartedly embraced this sentimentality and reversed the phrase “out with the old and in with the new.”
TV shows have been popular since the 1950s. For generations, people have spent time watching TV in order to relax or pass time. Quite recently, Fox and Netflix have recognized the powerful effect of combining television and nostalgia and, consequently, have decided to create sequels to three hit TV shows: The X-Files, Full House, and Gilmore Girls.
The X-Files was one of the longest running sci-fi television series. It covers the story of two FBI agents that look into extraterrestrial cases known as the “X-Files.” After its debut in 1993, The X-Files went on to develop into a cult phenomenon. Thirteen years after its conclusion in 2002, Fox announced that the show would be returning for a series of six episodes starting in January 2016. Fans once again get to enjoy the chemistry between David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson, who play FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder and Dana Scully, respectively.
Netflix announced a revival of Full House, running thirteen episodes that will be available to stream February 26. The original show followed Danny Tanner, a man who loses his wife and gets help from his a friend and his brother-in-law in order to raise his three children. The show’s charm and humor attracted many fans. Hannah Nigro (I), an excited binge watcher, said, “Full House was a show that I used to watch almost every time I was free. The family always ends up happy at the end, no matter what happened in the middle of the show.” Max Chiaramonte (I) stated the show was a reminder of “simpler times when [he] wasn’t piled with so much homework.”
Most of the original cast will return from Full House, including Candace Cameron-Bure and Jodie Sweetin, the two actresses who play DJ and Stephanie Tanner. The new revival will be called Fuller House and now follows the story of oldest sister DJ, who just lost her husband. In the new series, she asks for help from her sister and a friend in order to raise her three growing boys. Unfortunately for those that loved Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen– who played youngest child Michelle Tanner– the real-life twins will not be returning to the show. Other fan favorites, such as Bob Saget (Danny Tanner), John Stamos (Jesse Katsopolis), and David Coulier (Joey Gladstone), will hopefully make up for the twin’s absence.
Lastly, Netflix is reviving Gilmore Girls. Since 2000, the show has been drawing viewers into the world of Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter, Rory. The duo live in Connecticut and the show follows their daily experiences, which are both funny and filled with romance. The revival of the show will consist of four episodes and its purpose is to end the show resolving unfinished issues. The actresses from the show, Lauren Graham and Alexis Bledel, are coming back for the short revival to reclaim their roles. Some fans may be disappointed with the show as Melissa McCarthy, who played the quirky and funny cook Sookie, will not be returning, apparently due to her involvement in the upcoming Ghostbusters II. Despite her absence, fans will be happy to know that due to the show’s production by Netflix, they can easily stream the show instantly.
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