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Six million dollars really isn’t a lot of money these days. Certainly not to Mark Wahlberg, who is reportedly in the frame to play technologically-enhanced Steve Austin in Universal’s cinematic reboot of The Six Million Dollar Man. For those too young to remember the simple thrills of 1970s escapist TV, Austin was an astronaut who was rebuilt as a sort of bionic warrior in a tracksuit after much of him was mashed up in a devastating accident. Austin’s powers in the series included an incredibly strong right arm, a robot eye and the ability to run super super quick.
The concept was last seen onscreen in Bionic Woman with Michelle Ryan (Merlin) and Katee Sackhoff (Oculus), itself a new version of a spin off from the original male-dominated show. (It’s also worth mentioning Sandra Bullock’s involvement in 1989 entry Bionic Showdown. ) Ryan’s update drew decidedly »
- Steve Palace
TV reunions rarely go smoothly - for every smooth Firefly to Serenity transition, there's a Seinfeld Super Bowl ad, with Jerry and George's attempts to recreate their repartee feeling like a pale imitation of the great '90s sitcom.
Recapturing old magic is a tricky business - some would say it's nigh-on impossible - and these few examples of ill-advised television comebacks would seem to suggest that the critics might be right.
Only Fools and Horses
BBC One's wildly popular sitcom got the perfect ending first time round - the Trotters won a fortune in 1996's 'Time On Our Hands' and finally got the flash lifestyle they'd always dreamed of, but Del Boy (David Jason) just couldn't tame his wheeler dealer spirit and promised to turn their millions into billions…
What a shame that the whole thing was spoilt five years later - robbed of most of their cash, Del »
2 items from 2014
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