Revivals are all the rage at the moment, mostly thanks to a number of streaming giants desperate to create content that is guaranteed to gain and hold onto new subscribers. Adding to the likes of Dexter and the reboot of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, rumors have suggested that another popular series returning to screens could be HBO’s Six Feet Under. However, fans who are hoping to see the return of Fisher & Sons Funeral Home may be left disappointed as HBO boss Casey Bloys shot down the suggestion that there are talks in progress to bring the series back.
Bloys recently spoke to The Hollywood Reporter, and the subject of revivals and reboots was touched on with Bloys being asked what process was used to decide which older properties were picked to be brought back for a second bite of the cherry. Although many of HBO’s most successful properties are now available on HBO Max whenever anyone wants them, and that makes them all potentially viable as the next big reboot, Bloys revealed that Six Feet Under isn’t one that is likely. He said:
Believe it or not, I don’t spend my time thinking about what shows to reboot. I just want to point out that if you look at the last year, between Mare of Easttown, The White Lotus and Succession and Insecure and now Euphoria and Gilded Age and going into Winning Time, there’s no reboots. In most of those cases, they weren’t based on existing IP. I do want to take a moment to make clear that we don’t spend our days thinking about what to reboot because it’s a tricky business bringing a show back. But to your question, True Blood, there were a couple of ideas in development, but nothing has really come to the fore. As far as Six Feet Under, I personally don’t think that’s a good idea. I think there are some shows that are better left, in Six Feet Under’s case, dead—or finished. So, no other news on that front.”
The boom in streaming platforms has led to many studios looking to capture the attention of audiences with a mix of new content, old properties and a lot of nostalgia-driven reboots. This has led to the likes of Sex and the City returning under the title of And Just Like That…, along with movie franchises such as Child’s Play, Alien, The Mighty Ducks and A League of Their Own all being adapted into television series.
Although Six Feet Under may be one of the shows that isn’t being considered for a return to screens, as Bloys said, there are certain series that don’t warrant it, and the story of the Fisher’s is one that was perfectly rounded and complete in itself. Unlike Dexter and other shows that were either ended earlier than planned and therefore didn’t have a satisfying ending, or were given an ending that fans hated, Six Feet Under delivered a finale that is considered by many to be one of the best and most fitting finales of any series. With so many other options to choose from, the December announcement that a revival could be on the cards was surprising and seemed destined to undo that original perfect ending.
With a revival of Six Feet Under now appearing to be off the cards, there are still a number of other possible revivals still being considering, such as True Blood, which Bloys also mentioned. In the grander scheme of things though, it looks like HBO is not looking to rely on the hits of the past, but wants to make new hits for the future. With many of their new shows becoming instant hits and award winners, it is a strategy that they are clearly winning with.