The one great thing about cable and satellite TV that many overlook is the plethora of old shows, those reruns that litter the airwaves during non-primetime hours.  Sure, such channels as TV Land, TCM and Nick at Nite play a good amount of reruns, but even the main channels can be found playing old episodes of «Seinfeld» or «Will and Grace.» It may be too soon to call these shows old, to put them in the same category as «Family Matters» and «Step by Step,» but nevertheless they are getting up there.

Now, the one problem about these old TV shows is that as they age, their contracts and rights expire, allowing Hollywood to snatch them up and package them for the big screen. This may not seem like such a big problem, but considering the average amount of junk that the movie industry produces on a consistent basis, it can be quite worrisome. The last thing any diehard fan of an old, great show wants to see is a bad, awful representation on film. It can be one of the most disheartening experiences to go through.

Already Hollywood has produced an array of old television show movies, many of which now make the laps on the movie channel circuit on cable and satellite TV.  Sure, some are pretty good transitions, such as «Charlie’s Angels» and «Starsky and Hutch.»  However, some are just downright awful, such as «Bewitched,» a complete misfire on Will Ferrell’s part, and «The Dukes of Hazzard,» which had all the ingredients for a good movie but managed to completely ruin the recipe. Therefore, television fans need to focus their time on catching up on their old favorite shows and remembering those nostalgic glory days before Hollywood jumps on in and messes everything up.

Out of all of the planned releases, the one to really focus on is «The A-Team.» Granted, the «Arrested Development» movie is coming out in about a year, but considering the fact that the same cast and crew from the show are working on the movie should ease any anxiety.  With regards to «The A-Team,» however, people should use a bit more caution. Due to the fact that the movie takes the premise of the old show, completely recasts it and transforms it into a high definition, action packed popcorn flick should evoke some fear that the subtleties that made the old program great may be lost.  Not to mention that replacing Mr. T is nearly impossible, so hopefully the movie will not go out of their way to try and mimic his voice.  Basically, make sure to catch up on old episodes of «The A-Team» before the 2010 release date arrives.

Another planned release is a rehash of «21 Jump Street,» the Fox crime drama from the 1990s that launched Johnny Depp’s career.  The film is currently being scripted by Jonah Hill, who rose to stardom as Seth in the 2007 comedy «Superbad,» or at least that is the latest rumor running through the movie blogs.  No casting has been assigned, but it sounds as if this old show will follow the path of «Starsky and Hutch,» going more for a reinvention instead of portraying the show as it was on television.

Plus, with Hollywood remaking more and more television shows, it is only a matter of time before all old favorites transition to the big screen.  Whether good adaptations or not, as long as the industry makes money, Hollywood could care less.

So, spend some time catching up on those great classics that currently play on cable and satellite TV.  Because before you know it, «The Wonder Years» movie will be opening nationwide, without Fred Savage, unfortunately.

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