TV revivals are kind of a thing. With shows like The X-Files, Will & Grace, Gilmore Girls, Full House all having revivals, and other shows like The Office and The West Wing at least having rumblings of a potential revival, it’s clear that the industry is looking to find easy ways to monetize their products in an increasingly fragile and changing landscape.
While I personally think this is a trend that needs to die (at least in most cases), Hollywood doesn’t give a damn what I think, and is content to move forward with countless other revivals in the future. The latest series to fall victim to (or benefit from, depending on your perspective) this trend is the 1990s classic animated series, Animaniacs.
According to Variety, Hulu, Amblin Television, and Warner Bros. Animation are all partnering up to revive the cartoon. But this isn’t something that’s just set for development, or that may just have a pilot commitment. No, this revival has landed a two-season, straight-to-series commitment at Hulu.
Steven Spielberg will return as executive producer and will be joined by Warner Bros. Animation and Warner Digital Series president Sam Register, and Amblin TV co-presidents Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. The hope is to premiere the series in 2020.
But that’s not all. Hulu will now also be the home to the original 99 episodes, as well as Pinky, Elmyra and the Brain, and Tiny Toon Adventures. Not a bad deal.
“I am so pleased and proud that Animaniacs will have a home at Hulu,” Spielberg said. “Together with Warner Bros., we look to bring new audiences and longtime fans into this wild world of Yakko, Wakko, and Dot. I am also excited that the full library of Animaniacs and Tiny Toon Adventures episodes are included in the deal.”
Are you excited to see more of the irreverent and showbiz-aware humor that characterized the original Animaniacs, or do you think this is a series best left alone? Let us know down below!
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