Lucy Lawless: ‘Xena: Warrior Princess’ Reboot “Wishful Thinking” At This Stage

Reports of a rebirth of Xena: Warrior Princess at NBC are greatly exaggerated, franchise star Lucy Lawless tweeted this afternoon:

Lawless herself has stumped for a Xena reboot over the years since the syndicated hit ended its six-year run in 2001, succumbing to declining ratings – though Lawless had sounded the show’s death knell when she said she planned to leave the series when her contract ran out.

Reboots are all the rage these days, and NBC loves them. In March, the network gave a straight-to-series 13-episode order to Coach, with original star Craig T. Nelson on board to reprise his role and creator Barry Kemp set to write. Producers recently signed Coach co-star Bill Fagerbakke to re-join Nelson in the follow to the 1990s series, picking up 18 years after the ABC sitcom ended its nine-season run.

NBC’s recent love of reboots also includes Bionic Woman, Knight Rider, Ironside, Mockingbird Lane, and Gladiators. NBC also kicked the tires on, but did not move forward on, reboots of Murder She Wrote, The Rockford Files and Remington Steele.

The Coach pickup comes as two other signature 1990s series, dramas Twin Peaks and The X-Files, are getting new chapters — also with the original auspices attached — as event series at Showtime and Fox, respectively. Then there’s that Full House reboot on Netflix. They are joining three series from the 2000s that have been brought back for new installments: 24 (Fox), Heroes (NBC) and Arrested Development (Netflix).


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