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Party Down's Revival Is a Reason to Celebrate: See the Status of Other Remakes & Reboots

Find out which stars are returning for the Party Down revival. Plus, see what other shows are being remade and rebooted.

By Alyssa Ray Nov 16, 2021 8:25 PMTags

UPDATE: Bust out your best white dress shirt and pink bow tie, because the Party Down revival is officially happening.

On Tuesday, Nov. 16, Variety reported that the revival of the Starz comedy is officially a go with several of the original stars attached, including Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ken Marino, Martin Starr, Ryan Hansen and Megan Mullally. The only cater waiter MIA from the project? Lizzy Caplan, who recently signed onto Paramount+'s Fatal Attraction series.

Though Caplan will be missed in the revival, we're still raising a glass to this new chapter of Party Down.

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"Are we having fun yet?" For Party Down fans, the answer is yes.

On Thursday, March 4, Starz announced that they're reviving Party Down as a six-part limited series. The revival of the cult comedy is being brought to life thanks to Party Down's original creators Rob Thomas, John Enbom, Paul Rudd and Dan Etheridge. Enbom, who is developing and executive producing the new show alongside the other creators, will also serve as showrunner.

For those unfamiliar with Party Down, which aired between 2009 and 2010, Starz said the series "follows a Los Angeles catering team—a sextet of Hollywood wannabes stuck working for tips while hoping for their 'big break.'" The original two season run starred a hilarious ensemble cast, including Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Jane Lynch, Megan Mullally and more.

On the show's revival, Thomas noted in a statement, "At the end of 2019, the Party Down cast and producers were all reunited at a retrospective for the show hosted by Vulture. We had such a good time that we wanted to find a way to get the team back together again. The cast is so busy these days that finding a window where we can do it may require trigonometry, but we're determined to make it happen."

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Christina Davis, Starz's President of Original Programming, said she was "thrilled" to be in development with the Party Down creators as "fans have been waiting more than 10 years for this revival." You can say that again!

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Of course, this isn't the only revival to look forward to. For our full list of revivals, remakes and reboots, scroll through the images below.

REVIVAL: Frasier (Paramount+)

Status: In pre-production

Kelsey Grammer will reprise his role as radio host Frasier Crane in a revival of the NBC comedy, which ran from 1993 to 2004. Few other details are available, but as Grammer said in his statement about the new series, "There has long been a call from fans for its return, and that call is now answered." 

In July 2021, Grammer said Frasier is now living somewhere new, and is "rich beyond his dreams." And, in July 2022, the actor confirmed that the scripts were in the "final stages." Production may even begin this fall.

REBOOT: Field of Dreams (Peacock)

Status: Canceled

The Peacock series, based on the 1989 movie of the same name, has been canceled at Peacock, E! News confirmed. But don't give up hope yet! Universal Television is talking to interested buyers.

SEQUEL: Who's The Boss? (Amazon Freevee)

Status: Series Order

Tony Danza and Alyssa Milano are set to reprise their roles as Tony and Samantha Micelli in a Who's The Boss? sequel series on Amazon Freevee. The series will feature retired Tony and single mom Samantha living together in the same house from the original series, which aired for eight seasons on ABC from 1984 to 1992.

REBOOT: Jersey Shore 2.0 (MTV)

Status: Series order

The iconic oceanside MTV reality show Jersey Shore, which introduced the world to Snooki and The Situation, is getting the reboot treatment with Jersey Shore 2.0. The show will chronicle "a new generation of share house roommates hitting the same famed beaches and boardwalks along the Atlantic to make new memories all summer long."

REBOOT: The Hills: Next Gen (MTV)

Status: Series order

MTV's glamorous and dramatic reality series The Hills, which starred Lauren Conrad, Whitney Port and Heidi Montag, is being rebooted with a new cast by the network. The new show, called The Hills: Next Gen, will "feature a brand-new cast that is expected to be more diverse than the original" and set in Malibu.

REBOOT: Quantum Leap (NBC)

Status: Series Order

"Oh boy" is right! NBC has placed a series order for a rebooted version of Quantum Leap. Check out the logline below:

"It's been 30 years since Dr. Sam Beckett stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished. Now a new team has been assembled to restart the project in the hopes of understanding the mysteries behind the machine and the man who created it."

The series will premiere September 19.

REVIVAL: iCarly (Paramount+)

Status: Season two premiered in April 2022

Miranda Cosgrove, Nathan Kress and Jerry Trainor all returned for a revival of the Nickelodeon show about some teens who become viral internet stars. All three stars posted a photo from the set on Jan. 27, 2021. Jennette McCurdy chose not to return as Sam after she retired from acting. 

REVIVAL: Sex and the City (HBO Max)

Status: Premiered Dec. 9 on HBO Max and renewed for a second season

Sarah Jessica Parker announced a Sex and the City revival—titled And Just Like That—in early Jan. 2021, but caused a bit of an uproar when fans learned that Samantha (Kim Cattrall) would not be a part of it. Thankfully, Big (Chris Noth) will be back as well as other fan favorites. The new show will follow the women's lives in New York in their 50s, and HBO Max boss Casey Bloys has promised more diversity both behind and in front of the camera. 

So far, the cast also includes returning stars Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, David Eigenberg, Evan Handler and the late Willie Garson, along with newcomers Sara Ramirez, Nicole Ari Parker, Sarita Choudhury and more.

REMAKE: How I Met Your Father (Hulu)

Status: Premiered Jan. 18 on Hulu and renewed for a second season

Hilary Duff is the new Ted Mosby in How I Met Your Father, a gender-flipped reboot of How I Met Your Mother. Duff plays Sophie, a woman who, in the near future, is telling her son all about how she met his dad. The story starts in the year 2021 and follows Sophie and her close group of friends as they figure out who they are and how to date in the age of dating apps.

REVIVAL: Party Down (Starz)

Status: In production

The cult comedy will return as a six-part limited series on Starz. The show ran for two seasons, between 2009 and 2010, and starred Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch and more. Most of the cast, excluding Caplan, is returning for the new season.

REVIVAL: Criminal Minds (Paramount+)

Status: In early development

Just a year after it went off the air, Paramount+ announced that it was bringing back Criminal Minds with at least part of the team from the original show. The revival will find the team investigating one case over the course of the season. Few other details are available so far, including which cast members will return, but a rep for Paramount+ has confirmed that the show is at least still on the table, despite rumors to the contrary.

REMAKE: Life Goes On (NBC)

Status: Pilot Order

NBC also has a Life Goes On sequel series in the works starring Kellie Martin. The new show "will revisit a grown-up Becca Thatcher, now an accomplished doctor, and her extended family as she returns to her hometown," according to the description.

REBOOT/REIMAGINING: The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (Peacock)

Status: Premiered Feb. 13 on Peacock

Will Smith is producing a Fresh Prince of Bel-Air reboot, with a twist. It's now a drama about a teen who gets sent from Philadelphia to live with rich relatives in Bel-Air, inspired by a viral trailer created by fan and filmmaker Morgan Cooper. Peacock ordered two seasons of the one-hour drama, named Bel-Air.

REBOOT/REVIVAL: Pretty Little Liars (HBO Max)

Status: In production

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is executive producing a brand new Pretty Little Liars series for HBO Max called PLL: Original Sin. It's set in the same universe as the Freeform show, but about a whole new group of people. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina writer Lindsay Calhoon Bring is writing the pilot, and the show has been given a straight-to-series order. Bailee Madison, Chandler Kinney and Maia Reficco are currently set to star.

Here's the series description: 

"Twenty years ago, a series of tragic events almost ripped the blue-collar town of Millwood apart. Now, in the present day, a group of disparate teen girls—a brand-new set of Little Liars—find themselves tormented by an unknown Assailant and made to pay for the secret sin their parents committed two decades ago...as well as their own. In the dark, coming-of-RAGE, horror-tinged drama Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin, we find ourselves miles away from Rosewood, but within the existing Pretty Little Liars universe—in a brand new town, with a new generation of Little Liars."

REVIVAL: Dexter (Showtime)

Status: Premiered Nov. 7 on Showtime

Michael C. Hall and original showrunner Clyde Phillips are returning for a ninth and final season that will hopefully give everybody's favorite serial TV serial killer a better ending than just Dexter becoming a lumberjack.

REVIVAL: CSI (CBS)

Status: Premiered Wednesday, October 6 on CBS and has been renewed for a second season

William Petersen and Jorja Fox return as Gil Grissom and Sara Sidle for a revival of the beloved franchise. Gil and Sara will be joined by a whole new team at the Las Vegas crime lab, and newcomers Matt Lauria, Paula Newsome and Mel Rodriguez have joined the cast. CBS has given CSI: Vegas, which it is calling a sequel, a series order for the 2021-2022 TV season.

REBOOT: The Wonder Years (ABC)

Status: Premiered Sept. 22 on ABC

A new version of The Wonder Years follows a Black family in 1960s Alabama, and the cast is good. Don Cheadle plays the adult version of Dean Williams, the main character, with 12-year-old Dean played by Elisha "EJ" Williams. Dulé Hill plays Dean's dad, an outspoken musician. Saycon Sengbloh plays Dean's accountant mother. Lee Daniels and original Wonder Years star Fred Savage are producing. 

REBOOT/SEQUEL: Fantasy Island (Fox)

Status: Renewed for a second season

Joselyn Sanchez plays Elena Roarke, descendent of Mr. Roarke (Ricardo Montalban), the mysterious man who oversaw the original Fantasy Island. It's an anthology series set at a resort where guests can have their fantasies fulfilled, for a price. Kiara Barnes and John Gabriel Rodriguez also star. 

REBOOT/SEQUEL: The Flintstones (Fox)

Status: In development 

Elizabeth Banks is executive producing and starring in a new Flintstones update called Bedrock, in which she would voice the grown-up Pebbles Flintstone, who's working on her own career as her dad nears retirement. 

REVIVAL: Ally McBeal

Status: Early development

TVLine reports that a revival of '90s legal dramedy Ally McBeal is in the early stages of development, with Calista Flockhart potentially returning as Ally in a limited capacity.

The new show will follow "a young Black woman who joins the law firm from the original series (or its current incarnation) straight out of law school," according to Deadline. This young woman is reportedly the daughter of McBeal's D.A. roommate Renée Raddick (Lisa Nicole Carson).

REBOOT: Doogie Howser (Disney+)

Status: Premiered Sept. 8 on Disney+ and renewed for a second season

Doogie Howser M.D., the show about a teenage doctor played by Neil Patrick Harris, is coming back with a bit of a twist. It will now be set in Hawaii and will center around a teenage doctor who is also a girl. The new comedy is called Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. and stars Peyton Elizabeth Lee as the titular teen. Kathleen Rose Perkins plays her mother, a supervising doctor at the hospital where Doogie works. 

REMAKE: American Gigolo (Showtime)

Status: Series ordered

Jon Bernthal stars alongside Gretchen Mol in Showtime's TV adaptation of the 1980 movie that starred Richard Gere and Lauren Hutton. Bernthal plays Julian, a man who was just released from prison after 18 years for murder. He struggles to find his footing in the Los Angeles sex industry and tries to figure out who set him up all those years ago. 

REVIVAL: The Game (Parampunt+)

Status: Premiered on Nov. 11

Wendy Raquel Robinson and Hosea Chanchez are set to reprise their roles, with several other original cast members expected to make special appearances. Per Paramount+, the series "returns with a mix of original cast and new players to offer a modern-day examination of Black culture through the prism of pro football. The team will tackle racism, sexism, classism and more as they fight for fame, fortune, respect and love—all while trying to maintain their souls as they each play The Game."

REVIVAL/MOVIE: Ray Donovan (Showtime)

Status: Premiered January 14, 2022

After being canceled with no ending in early Feb. 2020, Ray Donovan is getting a second chance to say goodbye. The series will now end with a feature-length movie on Showtime. 

REVIVAL: The Proud Family (Disney+)

Status: Premiered in February 2022

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder is a revival of the classic Disney animated series, which stars Kyla Pratt as teen Penny Proud. The original cast returned, with Keke Palmer joining as new character Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins.

REVIVAL: Punky Brewster (Peacock)

Status: Canceled after one season

Soleil Moon Frye is back as Punky Brewster, the lovable foster kid from the '80s sitcom of the same name, now a mom with her own foster kid and an ex-husband played by Freddie Prinze Jr. 

REBOOT: True Blood (HBO Max)

Status: In early development

Riverdale showrunner Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is working on a reboot of HBO's True Blood, the vampire series based on Charlaine Harris' novels. Alan Ball, EP of the first series, is returning as an executive producer but former cast members will likely not return. 

REBOOT/SEQUEL: Gossip Girl (HBO Max)

Status: Renewed for season two

Gossip Girl is back with its original creators, but not its original cast. The new show is set eight years after the original series and centers around a whole new group of Upper East Siders who aren't all white and straight and who are dealing with a whole new era of social media. It stars Emily Alyn Lind, Whitney Peak, Evan Mock, Jordan Alexander, Tavi Gevinson, Eli Brown, Thomas Doherty and Savannah Smith.

And this time, the teachers are Gossip Girl! XoXo

REBOOT: In Treatment (HBO)

Status: Premiered May 2021

Uzo Aduba stars in a reboot of HBO's drama In Treatment, about a therapist having weekly sessions with patients. The original series starred Gabriel Byrne. The new cast also includes Joel Kinnaman and Anthony Ramos.

REBOOT: Walker, Texas Ranger (The CW)

Status: Airing its second season 

Jared Padalecki stars in Walker, a reimagining of the classic Chuck Norris series as a Texas Ranger getting over the death of his wife (played by Genevieve Padalecki).Keegan Allen, Molly Hagan and Mitch Pileggi also star. 

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(A version of this story originally published on March 4 at 11:46 a.m. PT)

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