Television Studios Ring in the Old for 2012

And you thought only movie studios were out of fresh ideas …

The upcoming TV season – and beyond – will feature plenty of shows that sound awfully familiar. Expect reboots of old TV favorites like “The Munsters,” “The Flintstones,” “Bewitched” and “The Rifleman.”

Other programs will be “inspired” by existing films, all the better to bank on brand names that are the coin of the realm for modern marketers.

“Source Code,” the smart 2011 sci-fi thriller, will be hitting the small screen, and “Hannibal” brings back everyone’s favorite flesh eater for a few more chills – and Chianti. “Romancing the Stone” will try to replicate the sexual chemistry between Michael Douglas and Kathleen Turner from the 1984 film.

The cable networks have been delivering fresh, well-written fare for years like “Breaking Bad,” “The Sopranos,” “The Walking Dead” and “Mad Men.” The networks seem content to rehash old material hoping young eyes won’t know the difference.