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We Can Rebuild Them

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10 of TV's most noteworthy rebootsBy Kenny HerzogSpecial to MSN TVJust because the seeming majority of prime-time television is either unscripted reality shows or resurrections of classic series doesn't necessarily mean that networks are out of ideas. But it does suggest they know a sure thing with an established demographic when it's pitched their way. That's just one explanation for the surge in TV reboots — the total recasting and reimagining of a long since canceled hit. Another reason could be that producers and writers are simply living out their fantasy of paying homage to the first few generations of small-screen entertainment that inspired them.In the case of "Beauty and the Beast," it's perhaps a little from Column A and Column B. Still, it's hard to fathom anyone paying an overly earnest tribute to CBS' 1987 soapy iteration of the classic fairy tale starring Linda Hamilton and Ron Perlman. To each his own.In any event, we've assembled 10 reboots from the past few decades to illustrate when a concept has the potential for fruitful modernizing ("Battlestar Galactica") and when a dead horse is simply beat and cannibalized to no productive end ("Charlie's Angels"). We'll leave it with you to ponder what other past favorites could be next in line to get dusted off.Bing: 'Beauty and the Beast' | See pics of Ron Perlman as the Beast"Beauty and the Beast" airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on the CW.What show would you like to see resurrected? Tell us on MSN TV Facebook and MSN TV Twitter.(The CW)
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