Everything Old Is New Again, Or Not.

Playboy ShowWith the new Fall TV season upon us I am a bit surprised (OK, not really) that a significant number of new series for this season are well, not new at all. They are old. Old as in, like, not an original or new idea at all. They are either modern versions of shows, like Charlie’s Angels, or they are based on icons such as Marilyn Monroe in the show Smash, a drama that’s all about the creation of a Broadway musical based on the life of Marilyn Monroe (seems a little convoluted if you ask me). And then we have my two favorites, The Playboy Club and Pan Am, both set in the 60s.

Given that networks are always supposedly trying to attract a younger audience, I am wondering what the heck do these four shows have going on that is going to attract this younger audience? No one between the ages of 18 – 34 was even alive when Pan Am or the Playboy Club (the real things, not the show) were at their height, so clearly it isn’t like they have fond memories of going to the Playboy Club as a toddler and want to re-live the experience.

Now that said, one can’t deny that the four shows mentioned above all have a common element and that is HOTNESS.  Hot Bunny’s, hot stewardesses, hot angels and of course, Marilyn Monroe.

So, are the networks really relying on *hotness* to trump interest in the concept and  still attract this younger demo? OR do they have another goal in mind… ? I’m not sure yet if I’ll be watching. Will you?

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