The well-loved Malaysian workplace comedy series, Spanar Jaya, returned to the small screen early this month for the first time in 14 years. The 13-episode Spanar Jaya X isn’t the only show getting a new lease of life this year. Here’s a list of old shows made new again, premiering this year.
My Fair Princess (Huanzhu Gege)
Who can forget the wildly popular My Fair Princess which catapulted its leads Vicki Zhao and Ruby Lin to fame in 1998? The series is set to return some time this year.
There’s little information about what the reboot will hold. What we do know for now is it will be accompanied by an animation series and a role-playing game. My Fair Princess was already remade once back in 2011 but unfortunately, it wasn’t well-received. Let’s hope the latest revival will have better luck.
Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists
Pretty Little Liars may have gone off air just two years ago after seven seasons, but it’s clear there’s still a lot of interest in the show with its spin-off Pretty Little Liars: The Perfectionists slated to air next month.
The Perfectionists is set in the fictional town of Beacon Heights where perfection is the benchmark … until a murder takes place.
The spin-off will feature two original main cast members Sasha Pieterse and Janel Parrish, reprising their roles as Ali and Mona respectively, plus newcomers Sofia Carson as trendsetting blogger Ava, Sydney Park as the perfect daughter with big dreams and Hayley Erin in an unnamed role.
Veronica Mars is undoubtedly one of the most highly-anticipated reboots this year. Fans were so bummed the show got cancelled after three seasons in 2007 that they raised US$5.7mil (RM23.2mil) to fund the production of a Veronica Mars movie, which was released in 2014.
This year, fans will have more to chew on, with an eight-episode series currently in the works. The titular character, played by Kristin Bell, is back in Neptune, California, to do some detective work after a string of students were murdered over spring break.
Quite a number of the original cast will be back to reprise their roles including Enrico Colantoni as Veronica’s father, Jason Dohring as her boyfriend and Percy Dags III as her best friend.
Blue’s Clues & You
Having grown up watching Blue’s Clues, a children’s educational programme that first aired in 1996, I have a soft spot for this reboot in particular.
The original series saw its host Steve Burns, always clad in an oversized rugby shirt, inviting viewers to help him solve a puzzle. His animated dog Blue leaves a series of clues, and after collecting the clues, Steve sits down on his Thinking Chair and tries to come up with an answer for the day’s puzzle.
The show finished its run in 2006 after six seasons. This year, the show is back with a new name – Blue’s Clues & You – and a new face – Filipino-American host Joshua Dela Cruz.
Burns gushed about the new host: “I had the great honour of being a part of the search for the new host, and I give Josh two thumbs up! He can definitely fill my shoes, and the rugby shirt.”
One of the most iconic TV heroes for kids all over the world, Ultraman is getting an update when it premieres on Netflix on April 1. The live action 1960s TV series is being made into an anime series and will feature a fresh storyline based on the recent Ultraman manga by Eiichi Shimizu and Tomohiro Shimoguchi.
The son of the original Ultraman learns about his father’s heroic legacy one day. Almost immediately he has to step up to the plate and fight an evil force who is going by his father’s name.