Longtime fans of the hit show “Soul Food” have been missing the series since it went off the air years ago. But now, rumor has it, that fans may be reunited with the beloved show. Reports are now claiming that Twentieth Century Fox plans to revive the long-gone TV series.
Media reports say that a behind-the-scenes source says Fox is looking to revamp the series for a new generation of viewers. Though plans for the alterations are in its infancy, Fox executives are apparently serious about bringing the show back to TV. Soul Food, which was based off of the 1997 film of the same name by director George Tillman Jr., originally ran on Showtime from 2000 to 2004.
Though it’s unclear as to whether Fox itself would run the series or sell it, some are speculating that if it is sold, there’s a good chance it will be to BET or TBS.
BET acquired the off-network rights to the show in 2004 and ran reruns of the series before shifting it to its sister channel, Centric. BET also has a history turning another network’s trash into TV treasure. The network famously revived the fan-favorite show “The Game” after it was cancelled by its original network, CW, in 2009. When the show relaunched on BET in January 2011, it broke ratings records with over eight million viewers, and the show’s fifth season is expected to bring in more big ratings.
TBS is also an expected contender for the show, having established an African-American centered block of comedy shows, fronted by Tyler Perry’s “House of Payne” and “Meet The Browns” and Ice Cube’s “Are We There Yet?”
It’s unclear whether any of the original cast members will be brought back for the show’s rumored resurrection. But we’re sure fans will be happy see another African-American family drama on TV. What do you think of a “Soul Food” revamp? – nicholas robinson