How The Dawson's Creek Stars And Creator Feel About A Revival

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Television nowadays is in an era of reboots, remakes, and revivals, and few shows seem to be entirely off-limits as candidates for returns to the small screen. Dawson's Creek recently celebrated the 20th anniversary of its premiere on The WB way back in 1998, which naturally led fans to wonder if a trip back to Capeside to check back in with Dawson and Co. could be in the cards. Members of the cast and the creator weighed in on a potential revival, and fans may have mixed feelings about what they had to say. Here's how creator Greg Berlanti feels about a Dawson's Creek revival:

Dawson's Creek was me expressing myself at that point in time. And here I am, at another age, at another point in time. I don't know what I could emotionally bring to the table. I can't wait for someone else to do it. I don't think it's going to be me. But I'll be happy to watch it.

The show was a way for Greg Bertlanti to express himself back in the late 1990s, and his life has evidently changed to the point that he couldn't channel the same emotional connection for a Dawson's Creek revival. He certainly has no shortage of other projects to work on as well, so it's not like he's lacking in jobs these days. Interestingly, Berlanti is totally fine with somebody else taking over the show for a revival, if it got the green light. Not all creators of hit shows might be willing to pass the torch to another producer, but Berlanti is apparently so cool with the prospect that he'd watch the revival. Good for him!

James Van Der Beek, who played Dawson himself, has thoughts about a potential revival as well:

It would have to be a reinvention of sorts.

All things considered, it's difficult to imagine a Dawson's Creek revival that didn't reinvent the premise. James Van Der Beek--who has had some less-than-complimentary reactions and comments about the show--evidently doesn't believe that Dawson's Creek could come back without some major changes, which is understandable. As much as nostalgic fans might want to see Joey climbing through Dawson's bedroom window again, it might not make much sense for them as adults. These are characters who may be married with kids at this point! Well, except for poor Jen, but it would be fun to see how Jack has fared raising her child.

Another star doesn't sound like she'd even consider a Dawson's Creek revival. Katie Holmes had this to say in the chat with EW about returning to Capeside:

What I love about this show is that it existed at a time pre-social media, pre-internet, and it was nostalgic when we were shooting it. So I really like it where it is, to be honest.

Katie Holmes hasn't changed her tune about a potential revival since she first addressed the question back in February 2016. She evidently believes that the past is best left in the past when it comes to Dawson's Creek, and it wouldn't work in 2018 the way it worked in 1998. While some stars are definitely on board to reprise their roles, Katie Holmes isn't one of them. At least we got Holmes and the rest of the cast back together for an adorable reunion photo!

If you now feel the need to relive Dawson and Co.'s time on the small screen, the full series is available streaming on Hulu. Don't forget to swing by our midseason TV premiere guide and our summer premiere schedule. For a look at the shows that have already had their fates decided this season, check out our rundown of TV cancellations and renewals.

Laura Hurley
Senior Content Producer

Laura turned a lifelong love of television into a valid reason to write and think about TV on a daily basis. She's not a doctor, lawyer, or detective, but watches a lot of them in primetime. Resident of One Chicago, the galaxy far, far away, and Northeast Ohio. Will not time travel and can cite multiple TV shows to explain why. She does, however, want to believe that she can sneak references to The X-Files into daily conversation (and author bios).