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November 13, 2013

'Ironside' flop shows risk in reboot strategy

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That doesn’t mean there is no market for a show about an author who becomes a detective. After all, ABC’s “Castle” is basically “Murder, She Wrote” with a male lead.

But the very reasons the networks think these so-called reboots are a slam dunk is what makes them likely to fail. These shows become burdened with a history they cannot live up to.

So if you want to make a show about an author who solves crimes, do it. Just don’t call it “Murder, She Wrote.” And if you want to make a show about three witches, do it. Just don’t call it “Charmed.”

If Chuck Lorre was pitching “Two and a Half Men” today, a network executive would probably say, “This sounds a lot like ‘The Odd Couple’ so why don’t we just call it that?”

And if they had, then the show probably wouldn’t have gotten past Season One.

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