Most show creators and producers are itching to bring back classic IP that promises to generate millions more in revenue. Money isn’t the only reason to bring back a title. Most people who work on a TV show together for a number of years want to get the gang back together.
Creators of two popular shows have nixed any notion of their most popular shows might return. Kevin Williamson (Dawson’s Creek) and Marc Cherry (Desperate Housewives) both have new shows on CBS All Access, so they were at the Television Critics Association to promote their new projects.
However, the new projects were not what was on everyone’s minds. They wanted to know if Williamson (Dawson’s Creek) and Cherry (Desperate Housewives) had thought about reviving their former shows. They both said no but left the door open a bit, in their own ways.
The finale of Housewives left the door open for a continuation. While the heroines we knew and loved had moved on, a new set moved in and had secrets. Cherry said he was not into the idea of going back to the well though, “I did 180 episodes of Desperate Housewives, unlike a Sex and the City, which was on cable and didn’t do as many. I feel like I’ve done that, and in a weird way, I found a new way to do it because so many of themes that I get to deal with are on this show.” Cherry’s new show, Why Women Kill, follows very much in the vein of Housewives. Women in different decades (the 60s, 80s, 2000s) deal with marriage and murder.
While talking about his dark fairy tale retelling, Tell Me A Story, Williamson was asked about visiting the Creek again. Unlike Cherry, he didn’t rule out a return but said he wanted it mean something. In his own words: “We keep talking about it, but … as of now it’s not even in the pipeline, We talked about it but didn’t really find a reason to do it. We [came] up with, ideas and we’ve thought about it, but no.” At least all hope is lost for a Creek revival.
Besides, having super popular show creators, what else does Dawson’s Creek and Desperate Housewives have in common? Rabid fan bases that are ready for their shows to return. There’s also one more thing they have in common.
Both have produced Oscar-nominated actresses. Felicity Huffman is always a tour de force actress, something the academy noticed in her movie, Transamerica. She was also nominated for an Emmy for each of American Crime’s three seasons.
Michelle Williams is matching Huffman for awards as she competes for an Emmy this year. She was nominated for Fosse/Verdon, her return to television. Williams also has four Oscar nominations, most recently for Manchester by the Sea.
There are easy ways for both shows to continue if producers decide to do that. There are plenty of stories for both shows to fuel at least one season worth of stories.
Given the popularity of the anthology format currently, Housewives would be a great fit into the genre. With Huffman’s current scandal, she has admitted to bribing an SAT instructor to give her daughter more time and change answers, why not lean into that. Maybe her Lynette gets caught in a similar scandal. It could lead to the original four ladies reuniting, and keeping secrets again. Maybe a new narrator would be in order but that would be it.
Dawson’s Creek would be a great addition to a streaming service, probably Netflix. Given that the show always aspired to be more than a teen drama, storylines always suggested wanting a more prestigious show, they could use the finale as inspiration. For those who don’t know, Williams’ character Jen got pregnant and sick, ultimately dying. Use Jen’s illness to bring the characters back into one another’s orbit and build everything around that.
If for whatever reason neither show gets a reboot, they will be in good company. Marta Kauffman, one of the creators of mega-hit sitcom Friends, says her show will not be revived or rebooted. Kauffman told the Associated Press: “Why mess up a good thing? We wouldn’t want a reunion to disappoint fans.” Maybe that’s the way to go.
Would you want to see a reboot of Desperate Housewives or Dawson’s Creek?