HBO might not reboot shows as much as other networks, but even they aren't immune to the current trend in Hollywood. The network is currently developing a new season of The Comeback, and has long been working towards a Deadwood movie. Those two shows may be where the line is drawn though, as HBO president Casey Bloys said there are no plans to reboot shows like The Sopranos or Six Feet Under.
Casey Bloys said that HBO has too many shows on the way to even think of rebooting stuff like Six Feet Under and The Sopranos, and then ran through a list of things that HBO subscribers have to look forward to. In addition to new seasons of acclaimed shows like Westworld and Big Little Lies in 2018, the network has a few new projects in the works as well as Game of Thrones approaching in 2019. With all that coming down the pipeline, why would HBO even consider bringing back some of its beloved classic shows?
Rebooting a show like Six Feet Under or The Sopranos could be incredibly divisive. David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos, has frequently stated in the past he would not bring back the series after the events of the original, so its hard to imagine him being on board with any reboot. That said, Chase mentioned last year he would consider a prequel series, and if he's serious about making that happen, it's hard to imagine a scenario where HBO would shoot him down.
While rebooting The Sopranos would definitely raise a few eyebrows, it's almost worse to imagine what fan response would come of rebooting Six Feet Under. The series is near-universally acclaimed as one of the best dramas on television, and is widely regarded to have one of the best series finales of all time. A reboot would only tarnish the original show's legacy, which is likely why HBO told those at the TCA winter press tour (via Deadline) it isn't even considering bringing it back.
The Sopranos and Six Feet Under are both available to stream on HBO's on-demand services. For more on other things the network has coming down the pipeline, it looks like the upcoming Game of Thrones spinoff may be premiering later than most would assume. As for how Game of Thrones' final season is coming along, it looks like two unexpected characters are going to return in Season 8. For a look at all upcoming programming that's set to premiere in the coming weeks, head on over to our midseason premiere guide.
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