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The Girlfriend's Guide To Fall Remakes

Everything you need to know before September.

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Ah, fall. It is the perennial sign that change is in the air. But this year, don’t expect to see change on the air. Or on the movie screens, for that matter. Fresh off the success of Will & Grace, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, IT and One Day at a Time, the new entertainment slate is chock-full of remakes, revisits and reboots. Is it a case of familiarity breeding comfort or a twinge of developmental laziness? Probably both, and either way, we’re stoked to get in the DeLorean and cruise down memory lane. (By the way, redos of Charlie’s Angels, Frasier and 9 to 5 are farther down the road!)

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Murphy Brown
Hard-nosed professional, doting mother, supportive coworker. Admit it: Back in the day, you wanted to be Murphy Brown. Now we’re about to find out what the renowned TV journalist — memorably played by five-time Emmy winner Candice Bergen between 1988 and 1998 — has been up to since leaving her network show, FYI. (Too bad there’s nothing going on in the news that can provide comic fodder!) Faith Ford, Joe Regalbuto and Grant Shaud are all set to reprise their roles as well. (Premieres Thursday, Sept. 27, at 9:30 p.m. ET on CBS)

Magnum P.I.
Remember the handsome guy from Bad Moms ? That’s Jay Hernandez, who steps into the role made popular by Tom Selleck from 1980 to 1988. In the new version, his Thomas Magnum is a decorated ex-Navy SEAL, who, upon returning home from Afghanistan, repurposes his military skills to become a private investigator in Hawaii. One note: Though Hernandez has the swagger, he doesn’t have Selleck’s trademark ‘stache. (Premieres Monday, September 24 at 9 p.m. ET on CBS)  

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A Star Is Born

For his directorial debut, actor Bradley Cooper turns to a Hollywood love story that’s been told three times since 1937. He’s a down-on-his-luck country singer who discovers a young talent and promptly falls in love with her. Lady Gaga takes the prized part formerly played by Janet Gaynor, Judy Garland and Barbra Streisand. The buzz is loud for this iteration, which will premiere at the prestigious Venice and Toronto International Film Festivals. (In theaters Friday, Oct. 5)

No Shannen Doherty. No Rose McGowan. No Alyssa Milano. No Hollie Marie Combs. No problem? We shall see. Just like the 1998-2006 original, the feminist supernatural drama revolves around three sisters (Madeleine Mantock, Melonie Diaz and Sarah Jeffrey) living in a college town who happen to be witches. The reboot may be born under a bad sign: Combs and Milano have both spoken out against it. ( Premieres Sunday, Oct. 14 at 9 p.m. ET on the CW)

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The original scream queen is back. That’s Jamie Lee Curtis, as if you have to ask! Forty years after her Laurie Strode first faced down masked killer Michael Myers in a closet on Halloween night, she must steel herself for one final — and, presumably, deadly — confrontation. Director  David Gordon Green has said that the eleventh installment of the spooky saga will include several shout-outs to past chapters. ( In theaters Friday, Oct. 19 )

Robin Hood
So … this gritty reimagining of the legendary tale features a Sherwood Forest with automatic weapons and modern costumes. (One word: hoodies.) Taron Egerton ( The Kingsman) is the titular prince of thieves; Jamie Foxx is commander Little John; Eve Hewson is Maid Marian; and Ben Mendelsohn is the Sheriff of Nottingham. Fifty Shades of Grey star Jamie Dornan also appears as Robin’s brother, Will Scarlet. No word yet on whether Bryan Adams will croon the theme song. (In theaters Wednesday, Nov. 21)