Rumors of a China Beach reunion had the internet in a frenzy on Monday (December 11) as reports claimed that ABC confirmed a revival of the popular sitcom for 2018.
UPDATE 12/12/2017 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Can you believe it's been 29 years since China Beach first aired?! (29 years, 7 months, 15 days to be exact.)
Why in the world did China Beach end?
When China Beach came to an end after 4 years in July 1991, million viewers tuned in to say goodbye to Colleen McMurphy (Dana Delany), K.C. Koloski (Marg Helgenberger) and Samuel Beckett (Michael Boatman). And since then, they have been itching for a reunion.
Would a China Beach reunion disappoint people?
China Beach aired from 1988-1991 and is considered one of the most influential TV shows ever on pop culture. Although no original episodes have been shot since, it has remained a regular feature on many station's schedules. But Boatman said he's not sure if China Beach would work today. “I don't want to see old Samuel Beckett,” he told a journalist (Boatman turned 53 in October). “Everyone’s going to have different vision of what the character is like, so to have that materialize is going to disappoint most people,” he added.
Still hoping for a China Beach movie?
In a recent interview, Michael Boatman said he can't imagine a China Beach reunion hitting the big screen. “I'd rather people go, ‘Oh, please! Please!’ than ‘I can't believe you did that. It was horrible.’”
Co-star Dana Delany has also previously explained, “It would be terrible to do something and have it not be good,”. “It was so terrific ... If we did a China Beach movie and it sucked, then it would, you know, blemish it.”
On the subject of whether there could be a China Beach film, Marg Helgenberger stated : “I think it's a bit of a case of ‘the book is better than the movie’.”
What about a China Beach reboot?
Recasting China Beach for a modern reboot. Hollywood is known for remaking remakes of films or tv series and the studios might think it would be great to bring the story back with a new set of characters.
Be it in the form of a China Beach reunion, a China Beach movie, or a China Beach reboot, if you had to start filming today, who would you cast in what role?
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