The craze around streaming platforms has pushed CBS to reboot The Big Bang Theory and Everybody Loves Raymond in the hope to direct traffic towards them. Read on to find out more.
The launch of OTT platforms has done it for the traditional TV industry. When Netflix began this revolution a few years back, the traditional TV channels were the smug clueless rulers of the entertainment industry. Cut to today, Netflix has shaken the foundation of the TV industry with more than a million loyal users. Consequently, the good old mainstream TV has taken a blow and has not been able to recover completely.
- Netflix is the genie in the bottle
- CBS to reboot The Big Bang Theory?
- Everybody Loves Raymond is not off the table
Following Netflix, more and more streaming platforms have emerged, shifting the comfort and attention of the viewers towards themselves. Like most of the mainstream TV channels, CBS too found itself in trouble with the rise of the streaming platforms. At the wake of such events, CBS plans to revive its lost glory through a reboot of The Big Bang Theory and Everybody Loves Raymond.
Netflix is the genie in the bottle
One does not have to be a genius to figure out why Netflix is the audience magnet in the entertainment industry. It has all the old school comforts of the traditional TV minus its flaws. Netflix was the first platform to set the “cord cutting” trend before other OTT platforms joined in. Over the past few years, the viewership ratings for TV channels have seen a massive drop while a bigger chunk of the mainstream TV viewers shifted to watching Netflix content. There are several reasons to this. Netflix offers the audience a hassle free way of watching content, which is not likely for the mainstream TV. By “hassle free”, we definitely mean non-interference of unnecessary advertisements, the flexibility of space and time, the suitability of a wide array of choice, and the convenience factor of using just a phone for the screen. All this, and yet the expense is as close as the monthly cable bill, may be even less!
Obviously, Netflix suits the needs of the viewers and hence the shift from the traditional TV. Granted that mainstream channels want to revive their situations, they need to come up with better plans for audience retention. Two can play at it if channels like CBS decide to reboot popular shows like Everybody Loves Raymond and The Big Bang Theory.
CBS to reboot The Big Bang Theory?
The Big Bang Theory dropped out from screens after completing 12 seasons. A reboot might do well for CBS given the show’s popularity. It would direct more traffic towards the channel thereby keeping its audience count intact. Although desirable, CBS might still not be on board with the idea of The Big Bang Theory reboot. This is partly because Jim Parsons, who played Sheldon Cooper in the show, has decided to move on and would not like to continue for another season. Predictably, there is no show without Jim Parsons. Hence, CBS had to back off.
A Forbes article noted the huge hole that the departure of The Big Bang Theory left for CBS. It said, “We are all probably still watching top-rated CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory out of force of habit…But it remains a juggernaut after 12 seasons, and its departure will leave quite a crater in the network’s primetime lineup for 2019-20.” A reboot would definitely fill that crater up and we hope CBS is listening.
Everybody Loves Raymond may come back too
Like The Big Bang Theory, a reboot of Everybody Loves Raymond would prove to be equally handy for CBS. Creator Phil Rosenthal might not be on the same page with the idea of a reboot, but he would gladly be down for a reunion. He told “Cinemablend”, “Here’s what I would do. I would happily do a reunion show where we get together and we reminisce about the show. You can see how everybody looks if you’re interested. You can see them interacting. They’re pretty close to their characters anyway. And we can show clips and tell stories about the times we had, and that way you can revisit them now.”
A reboot for Everybody Loves Raymond might be out of the question for now, but we are sure a little push from CBS could do the trick.
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