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Reboots and revivals have been all the rage for the past few years, and there have been some smash hits as a result. Others haven't fared so well, but that doesn't mean the trend of revivals is going to end any time soon, and that could be very good news for fans of Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, which aired for six seasons on CBS back in the 90s and starred Jane Seymour as the titular Dr. Michaela Quinn. Now, Seymour has some promising words about the prospect of more Dr. Quinn.
Jane Seymour, who will appear in Season 2 of Netflix's Emmy-nominated comedy The Kominsky Method, explained where Dr. Quinn stands on the revival front:
We're trying right now, [series creator] Beth Sullivan has come up with the most amazing concept of what it would be. It'd be 26 years later, Joe [Lando] is on board, William [Shockley] is on board. We all want to do it. We are actively, right now, trying to get the rights to do it! I think it belongs on Netflix, don't you?!
Well, it sounds like a lot of the necessary pieces are in place for Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman to return to the small screen! With both Jane Seymour and Joe Lando on board, fans can be pretty confident that the marriage between Michaela and Byron Sully is still going strong 26 years later. William Shockley, who played Hank Lawson on the original show, is interested as well! Throw in creator Beth Sullivan and the fact that they're apparently actively trying to make this revival happen, and fans should be hopeful.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman followed female physician Michaela Quinn as she moved from Boston to the wild west town of Colorado Springs in 1867, where she found love, friendship, and family along with some heartbreak. She faced the difficult task of proving that women can successfully practice medicine. The show was enough of a hit that it ran for six seasons and two TV movies, so it's a pretty solid candidate for a revival, especially since so many of the key parties are already on board. But where would it go?
Given that Jane Seymour will soon appear in a Netflix series, it makes sense that she'd pitch the streaming giant as the home of a potential Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman series. Netflix has both revived series like Arrested Development and rescued series like Lucifer in years past; could Dr. Quinn be the next to get a second life on the streamer? Jane Seymour went on in the interview with ET to address whether the Dr. Quinn crew has approached Netflix with the idea of a revival:
No, I haven't but we are in the process of trying to find a way to get it on a streaming [platform], because i think that's where it belongs… If you were ever going to have a character that belongs in this generation, with what's going on in the world, we need her.
All things considered, streaming may be the place to be for TV shows moving forward. There will certainly be plenty of them, with CBS -- which originally aired Dr. Quinn -- having a Trek-tastic service of its own with CBS All Access. Jane Seymour seems to be on Team Netflix, but maybe the CBS streamer could be a good fit.
That said, Amazon currently holds the rights to the six seasons of the show on streaming, so maybe a revival would have to head to Amazon Prime. Or a deal could be worked out for another streaming platform to get the rights! We'll have to wait and see. Honestly, if Mad About You can get a revival, I feel like Dr. Quinn deserves one as well. Both were staples of the 90s, after all!