If you've been paying attention to the world of TV production, you'll notice on trend that is ruling the day: nostalgia. As 20 and 30 somethings get a bit longer in the tooth, they long for a simpler time. As such, various networks (especially Netflix) are bringing back previously completed projects for reboots and long awaited sequels. Freeform recently attempted to get in the game with a TV movie reunion the comedy Greek, which ran on ABC Family for four seasons in the early 2000's. But now it looks like that reunion isn't happening at all.
This news comes to us from TV Line, which is reporting that Freeform has officially ditched plans to produce Greek: The Reunion. Originally planned for a holiday season release, the TV movie was meant to reunite the characters from Greek at Cypress-Rhodes University for a 5 year reunion. Unfortunately, it looks like said reunion was over before it could truly begin.
Greek was an ABC Family original dramedy that originally aired back in 2007. Focusing on the students at the fictional Cypress-Rhodes University, the series ran for an appropriate four seasons, although each season was not necessarily a full year of schooling. In particular, the series showed how being involved in CRU's Greek life affected the characters in their personal and academic lives. The show starred a cast of young unknowns, including Scott Michael Foster (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Jake McDorman (American Sniper), and Clark Duke (The Office).
The many fans of Greek are sure to be disappointed with this news, especially with Greek: The Reunion originally planned to air on the network where it originally lived. But Freeform bailed, leaving a question as to whether or not the TV movie could be produced on another network. And while this is certainly a possibility, it's unclear which type of network would find producing a TV movie reunion for another network's show appealing. I could see Greek given new life if the plan was to produce a new season, but the reunion movie will likely be a hard sell for other networks.
I suppose it would all depend on fan reaction to Greek: The Reunion's cancellation. We've seen how the power of fan outcry can give producers reason to pause, and possible encourage new networks to invest in projects. But with fan outrage currently viral over the cancellation of Sense8 and Last Man Standing, I doubt that there will be much room in the headlines for Greek's made for TV movie.
That being said, we've seen networks pickup cancelled shows before, like CMT taking over Nashville. So if the folks behind Greek pivoted away from a movie and pledged (see what I did there?) for a new season, there still might be hope.