In this increasingly confusing and complex world, even the slightest bit of familiarity can be comforting — even if that familiarity just involves another Bette Midler remake coming our way. But this still stings.
As if it weren’t already enough to assault our common decency with a Hocus Pocus remake, the evil, soulless anarchists of Hollywood have decided to upend our lives yet again by rewriting and thus disrespecting another Midler classic: The First Wives Club. Previously considered untouchable, this NYC-based classic — originally starring Midler alongside Goldie Hawn, Diane Keaton, and Sarah Jessica Parker — will soon be remade into a television series.
The Paramount Network, which also recently acquired a remake of Heathers, picked up the series after TV Land passed on it. The fledgling channel, which debuts in January, is set to be the leading scripted cable brand of Viacom. (Apparently, everyone can make a TV show these days.) Still, despite our endless and unheard complaints, it’s likely that the show will be good: The Network tapped Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver to write the half-hour comedy. Plus, it will be a full-fledged, hours-long television series — and not just a shot-for-shot remake of the original classic — so it will likely cover new territory and not try to one-up its predecessor.
But when will the senseless remakes end? When can we finally put a stop to the Bette Midler reboots and realize it’s time to let her timeless movies hold up on their own? What’s next? The Rose starring Miley Cyrus? Down & Out in Beverly Hills starring Selena Gomez? How many times do we need to have this discussion before people realize we have a legitimate problem on our hands?