Drake Just Revived a Show for Netflix: What You Need to Know About Top Boy

Top Boy originally aired in 2011 and 2013 on Channel 4 in the UK

By Chris Harnick Nov 08, 2017 2:48 PMTags
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Behold the power of Drake! Netflix and Drake have teamed up to revived Top Boy, a British series that originally ended in 2013. Drake and Adel "Future" Nur will executive produce the new 10-episode season of the drama about two drug dealers at a public housing estate in East London. Ronan Bennett created the series and will write the new season.

Original stars Ashley Walters and Kane Robinson are reprising their roles. Premiering in 2019, the new season finds Dushane (Walters) returning from exile and attempting to reclaim his throne in the rug market. He teams up with Sully (Robinson), his partner and sometime rival, who is fresh out of prison. And then there's Jamie, a ruthless gang leader who's making it hard for Dully and Dushane to reclaim their thrones.

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"I am delighted to be reunited once more with the Top Boy team—our wonderful cast and my partners at Cowboy Films—and to have Drake and SpringHill as new collaborators.  And I could not be prouder to be doing the show with Netflix," Bennett said in a statement.

Drake has been vocal about his love for the series. He posted about Dushane on Instagram in 2014 and engaged with Waters on Twitter after.

"We couldn't be more excited for Netflix members around the world and a new generation of fans to discover the authentic, raw and real world of Top Boy," Cindy Holland, vice president, of original content for Netflix, said in a statement. "Drake came to us several months ago with a passion to help bring this series back to life, and we're thrilled to support the original creative team to do just that."

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Charles Steel, Alsadair Flind, and Yann Demange will also return to executive produce. Maverick Carter and Jamal Henderson are also on board the producing team.

Top Boy has only aired eight episodes from 2011-2013 on Channel 4 in the UK. Both seasons are now streaming on Netflix ahead of the 2019 revival.

What other shows are poised for revival? Check out the gallery below.


WHAT: Original series creator Mike Kelley is developing a new version of the soapy drama, this time focusing on a Latina immigrant who arrives in Malibu to exact revenge on a pharmaceutical dynasty. One original series character will return, though we don't yet know who.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet. ABC is currently working on the pilot. 

Lizzie McGuire

WHAT: Disney+ is making dreams come true by reviving Lizzie McGuire, with Hillary Duff returning as Lizzie alongside her entire family. She now lives in New York and is about to turn 30. 

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet, but the first episode has started filming. 

Gossip Girl

WHAT: HBO Max is developing a sequel series to Gossip Girl, from original creators Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage and writer Josh Safran, set eight years after the original following a new group of private school teens battling techology. 

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet, but HBO Max will be launching mid 2020. 

Saved By the Bell

WHAT: Elizabeth Berkley and Mario Lopez will star in a reboot from Tracey Wigfield (30 Rock, Great News), in which Zach Morris has become the governor of California and has gotten into hot water for closing too many low-income schools, so he proposes sending the affected students to the highest performing schools, including Bayside High. Mark-Paul Gosselaar isn't yet signed on, but we can all hope. 

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet, but it's coming to the NBCU streaming service, Peacock. 

Punky Brewster

WHAT: UCP is producing a sequel series to the 1980s NBC sitcom, with Soleil Moon Frye reprising her role as the young girl raised by a foster parent. Punky Brewster is now a single mom of three who meets a young girl who reminds her of her younger self.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet! No network is currently attached. 


WHAT: MTV is bringing back a reimagined Punk'd on the streaming platform Quibi, with 20 new episodes each under 10 minutes long. 


Singled Out

WHAT: MTV is bringing back the dating reality show in a new format, on the streaming platform Quibi. Like Punk'd, it will have 20 episodes each under 10 minutes long. 


Are You Afraid of the Dark?

WHAT: A miniseries reboot of the Nickelodeon anthology series that follows The Midnight Society, a group of kids who come together in the woods to share scary stories.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Coming soon to Nickelodeon.

All That

WHAT: A new version of the Nickelodeon sketch series. Original series star Kenan Thompson is executive producing and other OG All That stars are expected to participate in the reboot.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Yes, on Nickelodeon.

Beverly Hills, 90210

WHAT: A six-episode event series following the original cast of Beverly Hills, 90210—as themselves—reuniting for a reboot. It's a scripted series a la Curb Your Enthusiasm.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? You can, though Fox has passed on a second season.


WHAT: A modern remake of the classic sitcom from black-ish's Kenya Barris and Yamara Taylor, according to Deadline. The new version follows Samantha, a black single mom (who is also a witch), who marries Darren, a white mortal who's a bit of a slacker.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Nope, right now it's just a pilot commitment order at ABC.

Veronica Mars

WHAT: A miniseries revival of Veronica Mars on Hulu with series star Kristen Bell returning as the titular private eye. Series creator Rob Thomas is also board, as is the majority of the original cast.


The Real World

WHAT: MTV revived the classic reality show with a new social media element on Facebook. 

CAN YOU WATCH IT? You can see it on Facebook Watch.  

The Hills: New Beginnings

WHAT: A revival of The Hills, MTV's fan-favorite reality show, following the likes of Heidi Montag and Audrina Patridge.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? The first season aired in the summer of 2019. 

Party of Five

WHAT: Freeform is set to reboot the WB classic, giving pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Coming to Freeform January 2020. 

The Facts of Life

WHAT: A reboot of the classic sitcom The Facts of Life is reportedly in the works from Sony and...the production companies of Jessica Biel and Leonardo DiCaprio.


Designing Women

WHAT: A reboot of the beloved Designing Women with creator Linda Bloodworth-Thomason at the helm. No word on whether any of the original cast members would be involved.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Nope, it's still in the works.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

WHAT: Hulu has ordered Four Weddings and a Funeral to series. Written and executive produced by Mindy Kaling and Matt Warburton, the limited series follows a group of friends as their lives intersect through five events (four weddings and a funeral). Jonathan Prince, Howard Klein, Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner are also executive producers.



WHAT: NBC boss Robert Greenblatt admitted he's had talks about bringing back iconic shows like The Office, 30 Rock and yes, Frasier. "I've had conversations with [exec producer] David Lee about [Frasier]," Greenblatt told TVLine. "Frasier would be great. I'd love to [bring back] Frasier. We put out feelers about [it] over the years. But I don't think there's any real interest. I think everyone's moved on." Then Kelsey Grammer revealed he has been in talks about returning to the role (with six different ideas), but said it's still early.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet...

Magnum P.I.

WHAT: Peter Lenkov and Eric Guggenheim serve as writers and executive producers on this Magnum P.I. reboot. Set in Hawaii, the show follows Thomas Magnum (Jay Hernandez), an ex-Navy SEAL. This time he's returning home from Afghanistan and repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator.


Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

WHAT: A new 2-D animated series featuring your favorite Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, but this one has some magic elements. Kat Graham will voice the first-ever African-American April O'Neal.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Yep, on Nickelodeon.


WHAT: Daria may return as Daria & Jodie, which follows Daria and her close friend Jodie Landon taking on the world today, all as part of MTV Studios. 

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet. As of 2018 it didn't have a home. 

Murphy Brown

WHAT: Candice Bergen is back as the iconic character, along with series creator Diane English, for a 13-episode revival already ordered to series by CBS. In the release announcing the return, CBS had this to say about the new season: "As its 30th anniversary approaches, Murphy Brown returns to a world of cable news, social media, fake news and a very different political and cultural climate."

CAN YOU WATCH IT? The first season already aired, and then CBS passed on a second season.


WHAT: After two pilot seasons, The CW ordered a reboot of Aaron Spelling's witchy drama to series with Jane the Virgin creator Jennie Urman at the helm. The feminist reboot will focus on three sisters living in a college town who must find time to juggle the vanquishing of supernatural demons, tearing down the patriarchy and maintaining their family bonds.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? The first season can now be watched on Netflix, and a second season is coming to the CW in the fall. 

Mighty Ducks

WHAT: In the super-early stages, the original trilogy's screenwriter Steven Brill and original producer Jordan Kerner are behind the TV series based on the 1992 hockey film, which is being developed at ABC Signature Studios.

CAN YOU WATCH IT: The project has yet to even be shopped to networks, so don't expect to see a knuckle-puck anytime soon.

Roseanne/The Conners

WHAT: The original cast of Roseanne will reunited for a nine-episode midseason run on ABC. "The Conners' joys and struggles are as relevant—and hilarious—today as they were then, and there's really no one better to comment on our modern America than Roseanne," Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment, said in a statement when the revival was announced...and then it was canceled following Roseanne Barr's racist tweet.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Yep! The Conners is currently in its second season on ABC. 

Sister, Sister

WHAT: A revival of the fan-favorite Tia Mowry and Tamera Mowry series that also starred Jackée Harry and Tim Reid. The Mowry sisters have fanned the revival flames for what feels like years, but nothing has actually materialized just yet.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet, but if everybody involved has their way, you will be able to soon.

The Office

WHAT: NBC was reportedly interested in a revival of The Office with a mix of old and new cast members, but definitely no Steve Carell. Several stars have gone on record about wanting to be involved, but said they have not heard anything official.



WHAT: Bryan Fuller's take on serial killer Hannibal Lecter was acclaimed, but only lasted three seasons. Talk of moving it to another network, giving it a movie, etc. floated around after the series finale, but never materialized. Now there's some hope. Fuller responded to a fan who asked the state of the property. "Conversations couldn't start until 2 years after the final airing of season 3. @neoprod has started those conversations. This takes time," he tweeted.

CAN YOU WATCH IT? The talks seem to have stalled.

King of the Hill

WHAT: Fox boss Dana Walden told reporters she had a meeting with show producers Mike Judge and Greg Daniels about bringing back Hank, Peggy, Bobby and the rest of the King of the Hill gang. "We have had preliminary conversations with Greg and Mike and I would like to explore that," she said. "We had a very preliminary conversation given what's going on in the country I think they had a point of view about how those characters would respond. Again, it was one meeting and I would hope to revisit it."

CAN YOU WATCH IT? Not yet, it's just in the early stages.

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