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Debbie Allen Wants To Reboot 'A Different World'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 24, 2012 1:38 PM
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If the below tweets she posted to her Twitter followers are any indication...

1. Hey Guys. Go get the new @EBONYMag we talk about A Different World 25 years later it's the one with @AKILPRODUCTIONS SPARKLE on the cover

2. @EBONYMag article about Different World made me really want to get back in the saddle with a that show...

3. We need to revisit this wonder arena and get my crew back. Whitley, Dwayne, Ron, Kim, Jaleesa, Mr. Gaines, Freddie.

4. We need to recap this ground breaking series that is so missed in TV today..can I get an AMEN #adifferentworld

5. I get enough amen’s maybe @BillCosby , Marcy, and Tom will let us put hillman back on the block.... #adifferentworld

My first question is, if everyone comes back, would they play themselves? And if so, given that they are all 2 decades older, surely they won't all still be students at Hillman College. Maybe they'll be professors now, and there'll be a whole new cast of young'uns to play the students.

I'm just guessing... I know nothing.

She tagged Bill Cosby in that last tweet; I checked his Twitter timeline and didn't see a reply... at least, non yet. He hasn't been on Twitter much lately. 

Although I'd think she'd have his direct phone line.

So... a Different World reboot... I think this is all wishful thinking on Debbie Allen's part, but, ya never know! And now that you know she's interested in the idea, don't be too shocked if we announce eventually that it's actually happening.

But what do you folks think about the idea?

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  • NANCY | May 30, 2013 4:37 AMReply

    I wouldn't mind as long as it finally got the old show out on DVD. However, I hate when people try to remake or reboot something. It's never as good as the original, but makes you pine for the old.

  • t | October 3, 2012 4:22 PMReply


  • sheboon | September 13, 2012 11:21 PMReply

    Zimmerman should be in first episode as a security guard!

  • K | August 30, 2012 4:33 PMReply

    I really like the idea of making it Degrassi like. Have the show center on a child of someone from the original and go from there. If Zoe Kravitz wasn't into becoming a movie star I could have seen her as the lead-playing Denise's daughter(and then fading after a season or two and having a more interesting young actor become the focus). But I think we should stop rebooting things and use the past as an inspiration for new and fresh tv shows. A show like this will not survive on network television, but it cannot be on BET either. And as someone said television has become all sexed up so a tv show about being proud to be black and seeking to be educated while dealing with social issues may not be of interest to many.

  • archangel2020 | August 28, 2012 10:32 PMReply

    It's an interesting concept and one that's sorely needed in the times we live in but I question how the quality could be maintained and the writing would definitely need to be relevant to today's world. As one commenter stated, maybe it should be a project undertaken by TV One. On the other hand, maybe a reunion movie would be the best option and just let the show be remembered for the times it represented.

  • Whitney Barber | August 28, 2012 3:40 PMReply

    maybe it would do well the times have changed however of course the concept and content has to change just a little to appeal to my generation and that will be interesting...while still holding on to the original shows integrity and grace and appeal to young people

  • Logic1914 | August 27, 2012 1:48 PMReply

    I think they need new students. Something like "A Different World: The New Millenium Students" sounds better. New students and maybe the old crew could all be employed at Hillman now. Also, make sure there is always gonna be a cameo role for Lisa Bonet who played Denise Huxtable. I mean after all, the whole show got started when she left home to attend her parents alma mater.

  • ALM | August 29, 2012 7:58 PM

    @Logic1914: But would Lisa Bonet even make a cameo? We all know about the falling out with Mr. Cosby that created "A Different World" in the first place. Then she still was only on the beginning seasons of the show. It would be great if they can book her, but I'm not holding my breath.

  • Somerset | August 27, 2012 10:55 AMReply

    Funny thing, as my son was preparing for his senior year of high school last fall I was wishing there was an update version of this show. I am sure we could see some old faces bringing their kids back to Hillman or even a few now professors at the school.

    I wonder how many high school students thought of engineering as a career path because of Dwayne Wayne or had the same epiphany as Whitley when she realized her degree in Art History didn't mean anything if she didn't go another year and take classes in Business to become an art buyer for a corporation.

    (chanting) Bring. It. Back! Bring. It. Back! Bring.It.Back!

  • Lily | May 30, 2013 4:40 AM

    I love your comment. This show was THE REASON I wanted to college and made sure it happened. It'd be great if this show was still around to inspire more generations.

  • sheltayl2 | August 28, 2012 10:52 PM

    Great story, SOMERSET. During the shows airing HBCU'S enjoyed great recruitment and support as well as making college a reality for young people.

  • Dee | August 27, 2012 10:27 AMReply

    We are in need of more scripted tv. In todays, work of media you have to compromise your integrity to get hight ratings. A re-boot can sometimes be cheesy. So if she is going to do it ... it needs to be done Right! I think a nice gesture would be a made for tv-movie.

  • david da | August 26, 2012 2:16 PMReply

    Maaaaan as BAD as tv is lately (at least for us) I wouldn't care HOW old mr. gaines was/is. That CREW put on one of THEEEEEE BEST TV SHOWS OF ALL TIME!......OF ALL TIME! It was a DIFFERENT TIME, but still....I'd take it in a HEART BEAT over ANYTHING we've got right now....ANYTHING!

  • WOW | August 26, 2012 3:22 PM

    Ambiguity mammy! To say you'd take "IT" over over ANYTHING is very shortsighted. Young man, since neither of us can define what "IT" is, why would you say such a thing? Can you see why your blind-eye approach is teetering on disaster? Well, picture someone going to a restaurant (that you knew nothing about) and telling the host that you had a meal at another eating establisment that was BAD. Okay, and then, because of that bad experience you told this new restaurant to bring you whatever they please because you know "IT" has to be better. Hell, they could bring you a Doo-Doo pie. Would THAT be better than anything we've (YOU) got right now? Get it? If not, I'd suggest that you listen to Aretha Franklin--> "Think (think) think (think) think (think). You better think (think) think about what you're trying to do to me. Yeah, think (think, think), let your mind go, let yourself be free."

  • Curtis Caesar John | August 26, 2012 9:49 AMReply

    Look below and see Rashid's and Just Sayin's comments to know that with the right formulas this could definitely work. Yes, while a show like Degrassi still works because it's not produced on a major American network, should a TBS or TNT or better yet (!) TV One back the show, I could see it being something. Heck, keep the production values down and shoot in Canada too. Who cares, just give us some good, high value shows. Um, just skip season 1.

  • Miles Ellison | August 25, 2012 4:38 PMReply

    Just leave it alone. Even if it was good, no one would watch it. And there's a pretty good chance that it won't be allowed to be good. What audiences consider entertaining now is 180 degrees from what was considered entertaining back then.

  • CareyCarey | August 25, 2012 3:44 PMReply

    "Please, I dont wanna see Dwayne Wayne get his prostate checked, or Ron Get his foot chopped off due to Diabetes" DROP THE MIC ...those are the most relevant and poignant words in this thread (imo). Listen, call it re-boot, remake -- or don't you shake, we can't "re" anything about A Different World. As EBD said "THAT WAS THEN - BUT NOW? Back then -- there was 0ver 28 contributing writers. Back then -- there was over 14 different directors over the run of the series. Heck, we can stop right there, can't we? There's no way those skillful individuals can be "rebooted", nor duplicated. Cont... BACK THEN -- the series was fortunate to be in a time-slot that followed The Cosbys. BACK THEN -- the audience didn't watch the series because of the mentioned "social" issues. They watched because they were entertained by what was presented to them each week. Writing aside, each character (actor) brought their own brilliance, nuances and fans to the mix. Again, as EBD implied, you can't re-make Jasmin Guy 136 episodes!, Kadeem Hardison, Cree Summer, Darryl M. Bell, Charnelle Brown and Dawn Lewis. THEY -- and their interactions with each other is why we tuned in. Heck, is there another Sinbad, Jada Pinkett or Glynn Turman? They were an important piece of 130 episodes! Can we remake or re-boot their presence? NOT-NOPE-NO WAY, FORGET ABOUT IT. Silly isn't it? Look, watching TV is an experience not a "thought", keeping that in mind it a fool's errand to try to re-capture, re-boot, duplicate and/or re-make the emotions we felt while watching A Different World. Well, that is, unless one can "re-make" all the ingredients/elements that lead to our laughter, tears, joys, excitement, bewilderment, suspense, hope, enlightenment etc, that ADW gave us, it's indeed a very slippery slope. Where are the same writers (skills), same directors (skills)? Seriously, the DRESS and MUSIC of that day and the issues of THAT DAY, combined with each actor and how all of them played off each other) those are the thangs that captured our hearts and cannot be duplicated. In my best Les McCann... DON'T... Don't put your hands on it, you better let it lay!

  • CareyCarey | August 25, 2012 4:22 PM

    Addendum: Over TWENTY EIGHT WRITERS contributed to the success of A Different World, including the masterful BILL COSBY! He was listed as a writer on ALL episodes. His input cannot be duplicated, re-booted, re-made nor overlooked. Yes, it's indeed a fool's errand to embark on a journey of trying to recapturing the full flavor of all things that made A Different World a unique experience.

  • LeonRaymond | August 25, 2012 11:52 AMReply

    All good points I agree with you top to bottom -no debate from me!

  • EBD | August 25, 2012 2:48 AMReply

    PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE.... ( IN my very best James Brown impersonation) DON'T!
    A Diff'rent World worked then. I was working on my B.A. at a historically black college when the show was on and at the time was very incredibly relevant , fresh, and innovative. THAT WAS THEN- BUT NOW, I would like to see something CURRENT, Relevant, Fresh, and Innovative...

    Hollywood and ever increasingly Black Hollywood keeps retooling stuff we've seen before. I don't want to see continuations of stories when there are so many fresh and untapped ideas that can't make it to the surface because "we" wanna remake; SPARKLE, HOUSEPARTY, and IN LIVING COLOR. Please, I dont wanna see Dwayne Wayne get his prostate checked, or Ron Get his foot chopped off due to Diabetes, or learn that Julissa and The Sergeant's son finally came out of the closet, or shudder the thought watch Whitley go through early-menopause.

    There are new fresh writers, new fresh ideas, new approaches to telling stories... Thank God for SHONDA RIMES AND SCANDAL! It gives me hope! What I'd like to see is the following;

    BREAKING BAD - with Black People (Thank you Giancarlo Esposito)
    BURN NOTICE - With Black People
    BOSS- With Black People
    BOARDWALK EMPIRE- with Black People
    TWO AND A HALF MEN- With Black People
    WILFRED- With Black People
    MODERN FAMILY- With Black People
    LOUIE- With a Black Comic
    SUBURBIA- With Black People.

    Please, Please, Please... (Now this is my Michael Jackson, Imitating James Brown) LET THIS SHOW REMAIN A CLASSIC and only bring the cast back together on Oprah's Network for an OWN Special or on E! True Hollywood Story...

    Somethings should die so they can be remembered for how great they were when they were alive!

  • Nadine | August 25, 2012 8:31 AM

    You are totally right, but I think the awful news of all of these horribly unnecessary remakes has made us a little g*n-shy at the idea, but up until now, "we" haven't remade anything worth remaking (Why even think of remaking Fatal Attraction...? lawdy). IF we are going to remake something, why not reference something that was inspirational and could easily be a conduit for new and fresh ideas and solid jobs for new/formerly marginalized writers. No, we are not dealing with the same as issues as back in the day, but we sure as heck are dealing with issues. Crappy culture-killing music, anti-intellectualism, misogyny, LGBT, racism, disaster-relief, a lack of Communalism, the church, illiteracy, the effects of low expectations, a lack of leadership, nationalism, provincialism, MY GOSH... just thinking of these issues is getting my blood flowing. This reboot would have no shortage of content to address! I don't remember there being Conservative Black students in the original, and we have to remember that the show may not have WE, the original viewers, in mind. The show would be beneficial to the newbies coming up. I was NOWHERE NEAR COLLEGE AGE when I was first watched A Different World, (and my family was NOT going to have my NOT going to college), but after ADW, I couldn't wait. The thing is there was a direct correlation between ADW and the significant increase enrollment rate of Blacks in college. THIS MATTERS! Let this reboot be inspirational enough to stimulate the brains of the audience and inspire a new (and needed) quality in our media that would satisfy our creativity. Sometimes, we just need a little nudge. HOPEFULLY, though, this reboot will be courageously cast, in the most basic sense...

  • LeonRaymond | August 25, 2012 12:27 AMReply

    Well here's what would be and should covered by the show, first I vote yes to a Reboot, but remember HBCU are all in deep trouble, cause the roving mindset from a lot of parents are "I ain't sending my Kids to no Black school" So the plot line could be the attempt to keep HBCU'S alive, also Racism is making a strong and intense comeback through out the country, by the time this show make to air i wouldn't be surprised to hear of Klan rallies in one of these cities soon, of course the plot lines mentioned through out are superb. also touch on hot button issues although stupid to me like Black versus Latino debate always fired up here on S&A and then there are the sagging pants thing, the no snitching thing, there are lots of issues in our community to be walked over in a show like that!

  • Archangel2020 | August 28, 2012 10:39 PM

    @LEONRAYMOND, I agree with your point regarding HBCU's and their financial difficulties these days also the whole point of students mortgaging their futures and being saddled with excessive debt and few job prospects in this economy but what other choice is there but to go to college to get a degree in order to get a job. Helluva Catch-22 we find ourselves in these days!

  • ALM | August 24, 2012 11:57 PMReply

    One of my favorite shows of all time! I asked Jasmine Guy this very question last year during the Q & A after one of Kenny Leon's plays. Needless to say, she gave me attitude. She ultimately said that it would be up to Mr. Cosby and Viacom (I believe).

    The show was great, though. They could do it again with a new cast. It just needs to be done right.

  • D.C. Kirkwood | August 24, 2012 8:16 PMReply

    I think its a great idea but I say no. Lisa Bonet and Kadeem were the main draw for the show. You could really look at it as a spin off of the Cosby show. It was a totally different time and era that can't be replicated. Ever. The music industry during that time, the style of dress, Kadeem and his sunglasses.LMAO. There was also a great emphasis on getting a college education. Unfortunately, the value behind education and the fact that TV is so sexual nowadays I don't see an audience for this type of show that will keep it on the air for the long run. The Game is a perfect example, it will start out positive but before it's through it will probably turn into a ghetto/hoodrat mess like the Game to keep up ratings.

  • Archangel2020 | August 28, 2012 10:40 PM

    I agree 100%!!!

  • Donella | August 26, 2012 3:17 PM

    Agree! A Different World had monumental impact during a golden moment in time late 80s/early 90s when African Americans were receptive to its many messages of hope, pride, and upward mobility. This golden moment in television reflected music and film that has not recovered from corporate attack to survive to the late 2000s/early 2010s. I highly recommend that Debbie Allen focus efforts on an original television series or a one-shot movie version of A Different World that reflects the challenges of today's world (recession, physical violence, under-education, corporate economic violence) and how members of the old series might respond to it today in light of what they've learned over the years.

  • JMac | August 24, 2012 9:12 PM

    Agree with different time and era reason. ADW was riding on a different wavelength than what could be done today - which would probably be some safe, watered down, gutless, PC version of the original. There is less emphasis on education and more on fame/notoriety with the reality shows and competition shows. It's almost as if getting a college education or excelling in academics is viewed as being "uppity." I would rather see the "Dear White Folks" people do a weekly hour long dramedy show on network tv - expanding on the black collegiate experience obviously - than see A Different World come back. Part of its importance was dealing with the hot button topics of the day - AIDS, Apartheid, racism, colorism, interracial relationships, date rape, Rodney King riots, Anita Hill/sexual harassment... There's nothing going on now that the show hasn't already addressed except maybe gays/lesbians, religion, and black vs. latin. Let this sleeping dog lie unless someone with edge and fearlessness wants to take the Different World model and run with it.

  • Just Sayin' | August 24, 2012 6:58 PMReply

    Rasid, makes and excellent point, in his Degrassi model! He's right that you have to continue to build the story and focus on the new characters, only allowing for smaller storylines that connect them back to the old. That show has now been on for 25 years and it never gets old. Of course, the other huge difference is the neophyte actors who a) actually play their ages as opposed to being 20 and 30-somthings pretending to be teens, and seem to really be into their craft -- not just enamored with themselves for being on television. And b) Off camera, you don't read about those kids, in the tabloids, being involved in out-of-control behavior (ala Brittany, Lindsay, Miley, et al.) ...

  • rashid | October 3, 2012 4:13 PM

    you're an idiot! just sayin'

  • Adam Scott Thompson | August 24, 2012 6:55 PMReply

    As a fan, I say no. As a writer, I say there's a whole established universe there with potential for new, topical stories. As a producer, I say why not use the "brand loyalty" of the original audience -- nostalgia, nostalgia! -- to float the show until it attracts a fresher, younger demographic?

  • Troy | October 3, 2012 6:27 PM

    Brand Loyalty or the original audience are the same people who complain about hip hop, who no longer put their money where their mouths are. All you have to do is to go to college and the crack will stop selling itself. If it does comeback they should have an old cast member be a bum or crazy person stalking the campus, anti-magical negro.

  • Pepper | August 24, 2012 5:58 PMReply


  • Rashid | August 24, 2012 5:12 PMReply

    First, this wouldn't be a reboot. This would be a continuation, like Dallas, 90210, and Degrassi. But let's focus on Degrassi for a moment.

    What makes Degrassi a successful continuation of the original Degrassi franchise is that it sticks to the original formula: take neophyte child actors who are the same ages as their characters and put them in realistic, dramatic situations. Although the first few seasons involved Joey (and his stepson), Caitlyn, Snake (as a teacher), and Spike (as mother to Emma), the writers and producers smartly placed all the action on the young cast, with Emma as the central figure.

    Degrassi has now established itself as far more successful commercially and artistically than the original, and has re-invented itself several times over the past decade it's been back on the air.

    If I were the writers/producers, I'd probably take a divorced Dwayne and Whitley's child and make her a reluctant sophomore transfer to Hillman from a Swarthmore-like campus. She'd adjust to a new school, a new financial reality, and to being at an HBCU.

    The only necessary cameos would be during Homecoming.

    Anyway, hope it all works out.

  • Nadine | August 24, 2012 5:23 PM

    Caitlyn and Spike! Oh, the on the Degrassi model!

  • Ava | August 24, 2012 5:11 PMReply

    It was a great show. And there really hasn't been anything like it since it went off the air. Could it be done again in the current television landscape? I would never rule out anything but it sure seems as if the more time that has passed, the more likely that things can/will be done wrong. The writing would have to be as SHARP as it was once known for and the casting would have to come CORRECT. And unlike the original incarnation of the show, where because it was new, it was given time to find its way--any new version/reboot would have to come out of the blocks blazing because it would have already had a precedent and high expectations. I honestly don't know because generally new versions haven't been as good as the original but the type of show that A Different World was, is still needed. In other words, I have no idea what they should do (LOL).

  • Ian Evans | August 24, 2012 5:01 PMReply

    Yes It's TIME! Here Is My Take On a Reboot of The Series Especially If It Spans Out To A Show and Reunion. A HILLMAN HOMECOMING It's Time...

    "A Different World" Hillman College 2012-2013":

  • Rocket | August 24, 2012 4:56 PMReply

    It was a great show. Still it should be left alone. They should look to the show as inspiration for a new show. But don't taint it with the "Different World" name. After sitting through "Sparkle" with my wife I've had my fill of "reboots". Its like they are simply using the titles and names of the characters we know as promotional tools to get us to watch. Once we watch we realize they are lazily trying to create a new story without fully going through with it.

    Debbie Allen should use her clout to create a new black sitcom altogether. It would be great if it centered around the university experience. Don't burden it with the "Different World" title. Be creative and create something completely new.

  • Amari | August 24, 2012 3:36 PMReply

    I hope she doesn't let her nostalgia ruin a decent reboot. We really don't need most of the cast on a full-time basis. Cameos would be nice, especially if they could also get Jada and a few from the later seasons.

    In general though, we just need some network showing us more than sassy gay best friend, loud obnoxious black woman and the general coonery that we have been reduced to as of late.

  • starry118 | August 24, 2012 4:50 PM

    This too. It's a great idea if done right.

  • JustSayin | August 24, 2012 3:28 PMReply

    I'm only a teenager but still to this day, when i watch "Different World" DVD's or reruns it actually does motivate me to want to go to college. It truly does. Hopefully it'll come back and encourage my peers to aspire to do the same.

  • Troy | October 3, 2012 6:35 PM

    Your generation is attending and graduating at a record high. Don't let older people fool you. Unless you are white and all of your friends and family are white nothing is worse nowadays. Their is more black programming scripted or unscripted on television now than it ever was. Good that you were motivated to do something positive by people you don't know if they actually ever did anything positive.

  • Justsaying | August 24, 2012 8:31 PM

    That's a great source of inspiration. "A Different World" is classic!

  • Whitney | August 24, 2012 3:15 PMReply

    I don't think the original cast is needed, beyond small cameos. Dwayne might still be a professor, but I think a fresh cast would have to carry the show.

  • Whitney | August 24, 2012 3:10 PMReply

    YES! I've been hollering for a reboot for YEARS. With a great cast and writers, it would be perfect. So many experiences and social issues can be touched on now that times have changed in the two decades since the original show. If they can reboot 90210 and other shows, we should get a reboot about young Black people in college. I'd trust Debbie with a reboot since it's part of her legacy. This is something I'd love to see.

  • Xi | August 24, 2012 3:02 PMReply

    ...Only if she can bring on a great mix of writers: think Mara Brock Akil, Issa Rae, Dennis Dortch, and Donald Glover. No cheesy TP sh*t. I love the idea of seeing our favorite characters but also highlighting a new generation of talent. I immediately thought of the cast of "Dear White People".

  • Gigi Young | August 24, 2012 8:30 PM

    Erg....MBA should not be included in that mix. She's hit and miss for the most part. I'd want Ali LeRoi and the other folks who wrote Everybody Hates Chris--one of the most consistently hilarious black sitcoms in a while--in the writers' room.

  • starry118 | August 24, 2012 4:48 PM


  • sandra | August 24, 2012 2:40 PMReply

    ******* QUESTION: When was the last time a "black" sitcom aired on one of the four majors? As far as I can recall, there was "Brothers" in 2009 and prior to that, The Hughleys (1998-2002). It would appear that the majors are DONE with "black" sitcoms. I wonder if BC's legacy and the fact that DW was a massive hit for so long carry any weight.

  • sandra | August 24, 2012 4:28 PM

    @Ali - Thanks -I meant My Wife & Kids. :) How could I forget Bernie Mac?!? Wasn't aware of there being several pilots. On the majors though????

  • Ali | August 24, 2012 2:52 PM

    My Wife and Kids ended in 2007. The Bernie Mac Show ended in 2006. There have been several pilots since. I don't think they are "done" per se, they just don't think they will do well for some reason.

  • Darkan | August 24, 2012 2:28 PMReply

    A Different World came at a different time when black people had a proud sense of education and self and cared more about social themes and political issues than Kim Kardashian and Niki Minaj. There was still an understanding of right and wrong and a moral obligation to advance as a culture and people. All the thing that would make a show tank today as Single Ladies go into a third season. Don't reboot Debbie, bad move. SMH.

  • Troy | October 3, 2012 6:48 PM

    The masses are overcome by thirst, yet they still drink Coke. They crave sustenance yet feed their children McDonalds. Your whorish souls were sold before you knew you had one. You not only believe you have morals but also believe that inanimate objects can embody those very morals. The minorities working on staffs of the shows you panned were teenagers before, during, and after ADW. If ADW has an audience it will have an audience. That like blaming people for not reading newspapers. They are just another mogul trying to sell you something. ADW never transcended being a commercial product.

  • SHEBABABY | August 25, 2012 12:35 AM

    Thank You! 100% truth. The sense of black self esteem and pride has gone by the wayside since this show last aired and that was ultimately the heartbeat of this show. It made us feel good to be black and educated and made me want to go to college. Kids today, I just don't know.

  • Missy | August 24, 2012 2:25 PMReply

    Excellent idea! Of course, it won't be exactly like the old show but that's a good thing. I also think they should approach some of these "new" black networks (Aspire, Bounce, etc...) with the idea. I don't really have faith that broadcast networks (NBC, ABC, CBS) would stick behind the project and let it grow like they do with other shows. Besides, they're not really into "minority" programs anymore. I recall reading that HBCU enrollment dramatically INCREASED while this show was on. It's definitely time to get back to that folks...seriously.

  • Somerset | August 27, 2012 11:00 AM

    I remember hearing that HBCU enrollment went up, too. It would be interesting to see how Hillman has changed now.

    I still want a Hillman sweatshirt or T-shirt.

  • bondgirl | August 24, 2012 2:21 PMReply

    I realize that 90210, Dallas, Melrose Place, Superman, etc etc have all gotten reboots, but I don't know. The old gutsy president of NBC isn't in place ( I dislike the new guy, and loved Tartakoff), advertisers are more in control now about casting than they were in the '50's, and I can only imagine how many white students would HAVE to be added to make it palatable (not inherently a bad thing, but c'mon the 100% black student population made it unique). Dwayne Wayne will be dating Maggie (Marisa Tomei's character), Freddie will be with..who knows, a Swedish exchange student? Maybe a show like this is neccessary to show black people that unity is beneficial, but until I saw casting, I think I'd rather watch re-runs.

  • Agent K | August 24, 2012 8:06 PM

    @Bondgirl: I had a similar thought when I read this post. With the way television is today I think for this reboot one white person is not enough to be considered "progressive". It's not just NBC though, ABC, CBS, Fox, and many others have had this problem. To me, in sticking to the uniqueness of the show, it would be a bad thing. I hope for the best but expect the worse.

  • Nadine | August 24, 2012 3:07 PM

    You're right, actually... I was rethinking my enthusiasm as it occurred to me that I'm not sure they will be immune to the now "required" solely female integration movement when it comes to Blacks folks. I'll step back from this and see where things goes.

  • sandra | August 24, 2012 2:06 PMReply


  • Nadine | August 24, 2012 2:01 PMReply

    LAWD JESUM' PEACE!!! Don't play with me S&A... DON'T... PLAY!!!

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  • Dankwa Brooks | August 24, 2012 1:56 PMReply

    Words cannot express how happy I would be it this came back—only if it's done the right way, with the right network support. Dr. Cosby already named Ms. Allen as his successor on the series (as far as day to day show running) so I can't see how he would have a problem with it if she put it together right. I don't think anyone wants to see a cheap looking version of the Hillman campus and sensational storylines. Even though I think the lightning has escaped from that bottle I wish her luck!

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