Tag Archives: Nostalgia

Last Man Standing Gets the Last Laugh


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It has been more than a year since Last Man Standing was cancelled on ABC.  Last Man Standing was a sitcom series starring Tim Allen as Mike Baxter, the senior executive and director of marketing for a sporting goods store in Denver, Colorado.  Mike Baxter is a father of three daughters and a grandson.  His world is mostly filled with his daughters, his wife, and the young men who play a part of the family as well.  Baxter’s conservative political views come into play during many episodes and he even hosts his own vlog where he showcases his daily rants about the world.

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The show first aired on ABC on October, 11th 2011 and spanned for six total seasons before being cancelled.  There was word going around that Last Man Standing was cancelled because of Hollywood liberals who disagreed with Tim Allen’s conservative views on politics.  Whatever the case may be, many fans were angered by this sudden move.  ABC may not want the series anymore, now the show is being revived once again… but on another network.

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Last Man Standing will be revived for FOX this year.  The seventh season will premiere in the Fall on Fridays at 8 PM.  This news came shortly after FOX decided to cancel Brooklyn Nine-Nine, only for it to be picked up by NBC for a sixth season.  FOX may have lost a series, but they gained Last Man Standing in the process.

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Its a PR miracle of another TV series being revived, but the answer to that miracle lies within RoseanneRoseanne gained instant popularity as soon as it was revived back in March.  Tens of millions of viewers tuned into ABC to see Roseanne return to television.  This rejuvenated sitcom series was just as good as its earlier counterpart, roping in both old and new fans into the show.  Even with Roseanne’s conservative politics in play, the show still gained positive reviews from its audiences nationwide.

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With Roseanne back on the air, it only made sense for FOX to pick up Last Man Standing for its Fall 2018 lineup.  Last Man Standing was a great sitcom series that favored well, so there wasn’t any fear that the audiences wouldn’t enjoy it.  The audiences always enjoyed Last Man Standing and weren’t afraid to express their disappointment when it was cancelled.

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Now that Last Man Standing is returning this fall, who knows what other popular series will come back next year.  Maybe the will return to their original network or they could be picked up by a streaming service like Netflix.  Whatever the case may be, series like Last Man Standing and Roseanne won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

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Arrested Development Season 4 (Remix)


 

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One series that will premiering its new season this month is Arrested DevelopmentArrested Development is a sitcom series that follow the wealthy and obnoxiously dysfunctional Bluth family.  The show maintains many running gags throughout each season and the series as well.  Arrested Development aired for three seasons on Fox on November 2nd, 2003 with the last episode ending in February 10th, 2006.  The series got picked up for a fourth season in May 26th, 2013 that was released on Netflix.  All seasons of Arrested Development can be found on Netflix to prepare for the fifth season.

While the fifth season won’t air until near the end of May, Netflix provided audience with another surprise – a remixed season.

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Netflix released a remixed version of season four of Arrested Development.  The remixed version features 22 episodes with the storyline interwoven between the characters.  Michael, Buster, Gob, Lindsay, Tobias, Lucille, and the rest of the Bluth clan are back for more wacky adventures.  This remix was released on May 8th, 2018.

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This recut season was a brilliant PR strategy.  With the fifth season coming soon, this was the perfect gift for fans alike.  It was the perfect way to generate more content in order to hook in more audiences.  All audiences, both old and new, will be looking forward to the next season premiering this month.

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Many people were shocked when Arrested Development was cancelled on Fox (which was due to low ratings and viewership) and they have been longing for new episode for quite some time.  The series was revived seven years after being cancelled on FOX.  Not only was Arrested Development added on Netflix, but new episodes were created as well.  It seemed as though Netflix became the perfect home for Arrested Development.

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Arrested Development is a hilariously underrated series that did not receive enough attention on FOX.  After FOX cancelled the series, Netflix scooped up the series and premiered new episodes in the process.  Netflix, like with many other series, rejuvenated them back to life for new audiences.  People like Bill Nye the Science Guy and Joel McHale returned to television with fresh new content in their own TV series.

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For those who truly love watching Arrested Development again, you have Netflix to thank for your enjoyment.  Arrested Development and many other series all have their own home in the Netflix digital library.

Also be sure to check out Arrested Development Season five on May 29th 2018.

Nickelodeon Revives Double Dare


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One of my favorite game show series on Nickelodeon was Double DareDouble Dare first aired on October 6th, 1986, with Mark Summers as the host of this wacky and messy game show.  Contestants had to answer trivia questions to rack up money.  If the contestants couldn’t figure out the answer quickly, they could answer go with a dare where they have to complete the physical challenge.  These physical challenges tested the contestants of their agility, strength, and even intelligence through some of the messiest set-ups ever.

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The best highlight comes when the winning team faces the obstacle course.  Teammates had 60 seconds to traverse through eight obstacles.  Prizes were won based on how far the teammates got to before the timer ran out.  Whether or not the teammate got all the way through the end, every episode was a winner in this hilarious game show.

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Double Dare ended its run on February 6th, 1993 with repeats airing on TV up until January 1999.  The show had a great run and it wasn’t long until they revived the series with Double Dare 2000.  Jason Harris hosted the show for 67 more episodes.  It’s been almost 18 years since Double Dare ended and many people want the show to return.

Well folks… your answers have been HEARD.  Get ready – Double Dare is coming back!

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Nickelodeon announced that Double Dare will be coming back as a brand-new series.  The iconic 90s game show will return summer 2018 with 40 new episodes.  Audiences can expect appearances from long time fans of the series, celebrities, and even people from the original show (fingers crossed for Marc Summers to return!).

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Fans can expect the same set up from the previous show – two teams compete to win prizes by answering questions or completing messy physical challenges.  The obstacle course will return, featuring many of the original stunts as well (and YES, the giant nose will even be returning too!).  There will even be prizes teams will be competing over during the course of the show.

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Truth be told, Double Dare isn’t the only 90s nostalgic series returning to Nickelodeon.  90s teen sitcom Clarissa Explains It All is slated to return as well.  Melissa Joan Hart is reprising her role as Clarissa Darling.  The reboot will showcase Clarissa as a mother in her 30s.  Clarissa Explains It All is one of many TV series planned for a reboot in the future.

See all of this excitement right here?  That’s the nostalgia talking.  Nickelodeon heard what the 90s kids all wanted and now they are finally delivering it.  This is the marketing strategy that will take them far as a TV network.

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            Double Dare was real exciting to hear about, but I’m also pumped for Clarissa Explains It All coming back too.  To be honest, I am excited about this huge wave of 90s nostalgia coming my way.  There are a lot of amazing series returning that came back better than ever.

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If Double Dare is planning to air again, who knows what game show will be coming back.  Maybe we’ll see more kids collecting coins in Nick Arcade or more temple runs on Legends of the Hidden Temple.  Either way, Nickelodeon is truly crushing it with these planned reboots.

Keep up the discussion about 90s reboot, folks – Companies like Nickelodeon are hearing you loud and clear.

Final Thoughts on Nostalgia as Idea


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This week’s main idea that has been floating around lately is NOSTALGIA.  Nostalgia…a way of twinging at an idea from the past.  It’s a character, a setting, a theme, a period of time.  Whatever it may be, that concept was borrowed from something that was so timeless.

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Joel McHale’s series The Soup may have been cancelled on E!, but he returned hosting his own series on Netflix.  Everything Sucks! was a nostalgic 90s series that proved that historic ideas still work in the 21st century.  It was the perfect 90s teen comedy parody that melded together contents from Freaks and Geeks and Stranger Things to create an amazing new series.  Celebrities may be retiring from their previous career, but their brands continue to flourish by tapping into the booming cannabis industry.

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And the one conclusion from all of these events is that they ACTUALLY work.  Even when original ideas become more like needles in a haystack, sometimes utilizing nostalgia will lead you to find other needles you never thought to find.  Why look into the future when you can dive back into the past, only to unearth a truly fascinating story?

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Stories, or ideas leading into stories, can be influenced by both our past and future.  There are still some disturbing tales that have yet been told for the public audience.  Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The Assassination of Gianni Versace dives viewers into the gruesome murder of Gianni Versace, all while taking them into the eyes of serial killer Andrew Cunanan.

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As we keep working in our present time, we keep discovering more entertaining and unique ways to tell historic tales from the past.  Many viewers, like me, are unfamiliar with many disturbing events in history.  It’s the people of Hollywood that are drawing these stories to life for audiences everywhere.

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Sure some of these ideas aren’t seen as being ‘original’, but throw in a few twists into the mix and you got yourself an intriguing and entertaining story.  Not only will it bring the story to life, but you may end up creating an original series in the process.

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It’s concepts like nostalgia that will only drive ideas even further.  As time goes on, we will see more dark and disturbing tales from the past.  Someone somewhere will add an interesting plot twist that will make the tale that much more intriguing to hear.

Everything Sucks! = Da Bomb


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Netflix has really been showcasing a lot of nostalgic content this month.  We were introduced to a new ‘Fab Five’ in the reboot of Queer Eye and Joel McHale moved from E! to Netflix where he became the host of The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale.  Lately it has been just one amazing reboot after another.

These new series make for great shows because they take us back to a more simpler time.  Not all shows were created based on their colorful past.  There is one new coming-of-age, comedy-drama series that takes us back to a time of VHS tapes and flannel shirts.  I’m talking about Netflix’s series Everything Sucks!.

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Set in Boring, Oregon (which is actually a REAL town!), Everything Sucks! chronicles the lives of teenagers in Boring High School who make a movie together while dealing with issues such as sexuality and dating.  Lucas O’Neil joins the A/V Club with his friends McQuaid and Tyler.  He develops a crush on Kate Messner, the principal’s daughter of Boring High.  Kate doesn’t have feelings for Luke, BUT she does have the hots for Emaline Addario.  The series parodies off from the teen culture during the mid-1990s.

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Everything Sucks! is the 90s time warp you have been looking for.  This nostalgic series features flannel shirts, Surge, VHS tapes, Zimas, alternative rock/grunge music playing in the background, and even a scene at Blockbusters.

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This low-budget teen comedy series was interesting to watch.  Everything Sucks! featured a diverse and colorful cast of characters going through typical teenage drama.  If you took out the sci-fi component from Stranger Things and crossed that with Freaks and Geeks, you would get Everything Sucks!.

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There have been some amazing rebooted series on Netflix lately and Everything Sucks! was something different.  It featured an original storyline stemming from the bangin’ years of the 1990s.  Everything Sucks! took us back to a simpler time when the age of technology was still in its prime.  We used modems to connect to the internet and watched movies on VHS tapes; those days are long gone, yet technology only became more sophisticated over the years.

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In the end, Everything Sucks! is the perfect blast from the past of the 90s era.  The series is all that and a bag of chips.  Binge-watching the series this past week was the bomb.  This phat drama series will leave you saying ‘oh, snap!’ during multiple episodes.

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If you are looking for a stylin’ nostalgic 90s series, definitely go check out Everything Sucks! on Netflix.