Lizzie McGuire Is Coming Back, Plus 7 Cancelled TV Shows That’ve Been Saved
The kids who grew up watching Lizzie McGuire just got some good news: she’s coming back with a brand new series that they can share with their own kids. That said, television shows coming back from the dead are a lot more common than you think.
We at Bright Side love stories that keep giving us more, so we’re sharing our own list of shows that still have more to tell.
Disney Channel’s Lizzie McGuire was a slice-of-life show about a girl braving middle school. One of the unique aspects of the original show was that audiences got to see what Lizzie was thinking through an animated alter-ego.
After the show ended in 2004, the network toyed with reviving it in some fashion, like as a show with Lizzie and her friends entering high school or a show focusing on the family of Lizzie’s friend, Miranda, whose sister, Stevie, would also have an animated alter-ego. It wasn’t until 2019 that Disney finally found a way to bring it back.
Set to air on the Disney+ streaming service, the reboot will focus on Lizzie living as a young woman in New York, with the show possibly a New York production. Lizzie’s original actress, Hilary Duff, even confirmed that she would star in the show.
That said, while Lizzie got her second chance in the sun, she isn’t alone. A lot of shows were able to come back from their cancellations too.
1. Blue’s Clues
The original: Blue’s Clues was a children’s show that aired on Nickelodeon, premiering in 1996. The show focused on a boy named Steve, played by actor Steve Burns, who collects clues and solves riddles left by his pet dog, Blue. In 2006, Burns left the show and was replaced by Donovan Patton, who played Steve’s brother, Joe.
The reboot: A reboot of the show, titled Blue’s Clues and You, is set to premiere in November 2019. Actor Joshua Dela Cruz will be the new host and his character “Josh” is believed to be Steve and Joe’s cousin.
The original: Futurama was an adult science-fiction cartoon on Fox about a man from the late 90s, Philip J. Fry, who ends up cryogenically frozen 1000 years into the future, and his new life working as an interplanetary delivery boy. Rounding out the cast was Fry’s new best friend, a wisecracking robot named Bender, and his love interest, a purple-haired cyclops named Leela.
The reboot: Even after its cancellation, the show “survived” with a series of TV movies and was eventually revived by Comedy Central in 2009, with new episodes lasting until 2013. The last episode featured Fry and Leela trapped in a time warp, allowing the show to have a happy ending without necessarily ending the show. In 2014, the show also had a crossover with The Simpsons.
3. Mystery Science Theater 3000
The original: Also known by fans as MST3K, this show has had an interesting history, focusing on a host and his robot pals making fun of B-list movies, the series originally lasted a single season on the local KTMA station.
The reboot: The series was picked up by Comedy Central and lasted for 7 years, although many fans probably didn’t realize it was a reboot. After it ended, the show was then picked up by the Sci-Fi Network and aired 3 new years. With the help of a Kickstarter campaign, the show got another reboot from Netflix.
4. Young Justice
The original: Inspired by the DC comic book series of the same name, this cartoon followed the lives of teenage superheroes (and sidekicks) forming a covert operation team to fight villains. Originally airing on Cartoon Network, the show only lasted for 2 seasons.
The reboot: The show was eventually brought back to life on the DC Universe streaming service, allowing the show less censorship and minimal risk of getting involved in network politics.
5. Family Guy
The original: First airing in 1999, this animated sitcom revolves around the Griffin family, who live in Rhode Island. Fox almost ended the show after 2 seasons, but it was saved at the last second, only to be canceled after 3 seasons, leaving one episode unaired.
The reboot: After the show proved popular in reruns, Fox revived it a few years after it first ended. Family Guy even poked fun at the comeback, listing a bunch of shows that had since been canceled by Fox in the brief interval. Funnily enough, with new season after season, creator Seth MacFarlane even admitted he’d now like the show to end.
6. Doctor Who
The original: This British show, which is the longest-running science-fiction show ever, first came to air in 1963. To address the show’s longevity, the main character, a Time Lord known as “the Doctor” has gotten into the habit of dying and regenerating for each new series, allowing a new actor to step into the role. Eventually, the show ended in 1985.
The reboot: After public outcry, the show was brought back, only for it to end again in 1989. In 2005, however, the show was brought back with another revival, becoming one of Britain’s most successful shows ever.
7. One Day at a Time
The original: With the show itself a remake of a well-known 70’s sitcom of the same name, this 2017 Netflix series showcased the lives of a Cuban-American family living in Florida. After 3 seasons, Netflix ended the show over ratings.
The reboot: The show was picked up by Pop TV after it originally ended, which makes it one of the first shows to make the transition from streaming to a traditional network.
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