Can something really be considered a reboot if it's only been six years since it was launched and immediately canceled? Food for thought as you chew on this news: The CW is currently developing a reboot of The L.A. Complex.
If you don't remember this series, don't worry, you're not alone. The L.A. Complex was actually a Canadian drama that aired on The CW for a sum-total of five months before it was canceled by CTV and The CW passed on saving the show. Now, according to Deadline, the series creator Martin Gero is taking another swing at the series, billing it as a sequel to the original show. The reboot will focus on a new crop of youngsters, described as "a rag-tag commune of twenty-somethings all hustling to make it as actors, dancers, producers and comedians," who move into the Luxe hotel. Naturally, relationships blossom and fracture, creating that good, old soap opera drama The CW knows and loves.
Obviously, you're thinking, "Why reboot a show that was canceled so quickly and so recently?" That's a fair question, but you should know by now that the world of reboots is impervious to logic. Plus, there's actually some pretty decent evidence that The L.A. Complex reboot might make it this time around.
For one, The L.A. Complex was always a good show.
The fact that it's being developed in-house as opposed to being acquired from another network is definitely a plus, but the best indicator of its potential success is the shift in programming The CW is undergoing. Although the network still loves its superheroes and supernatural dramas, there seems to be an increase of interest right now in seeing regular people dealing with somewhat-regular issues, as seen in the upcoming fall drama All American and the midseason series In the Dark. And with Jane the Virgin, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend and iZombie ending this season, an L.A. Complex reboot might just find itself a cozy new slot in The CW's lineup.