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You can cancel a TV show, but you can't necessarily kill it.

The latest series to rise from the TV grave is "MacGyver" (Friday, 7 p.m., CBS/Ch. 2), which returns 24 years after the original version was canceled following seven seasons and 139 episodes.

The premise is sort of the same. This time, Angus "Mac" MacGyver is younger (Lucas Till is 26) and has a supporting team that includes an ex-military guy (George Eads, "CSI") and a computer whiz.

The new MacGyver still uses tin foil and chewing gum to save the world, but he's more like a superspy. And the new "MacGyver," complete with lame attempts at snappy banter, is a cotton-candy kind of show.

But he's at home in a TV landscape that includes revivals like "Doctor Who," "Girl Meets World," "Hawaii Five-0," "Fuller House" and "MADtv."

That doesn't count upcoming reboots of "Gilmore Girls" (November, Netflix), "Nashville" (January, CMT) and, in 2017, "Prison Break" (Fox), "Tales from the Crypt" (TNT), "Star Trek: Discovery" (CBS and CBS All Access), "24" (Fox) and "Twin Peaks" (Showtime).

Amazon is currently streaming pilots of new incarnations of "Sigmund and the Sea Monsters" and "The Tick." Netflix has ordered "Lost in Space" and "One Day at a Time" reboots.

Among the other revivals in development at various networks are "Amazing Stories," "The A-Team," "Bewitched," "Fame," "Fantasy Island," "Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Greatest American Hero," "Hart to Hart," "Luther" and "Xena: Warrior Princess."

It's not just old TV shows being remade. Friday also marks the premiere of "The Exorcist" (8 p.m., Fox/Ch. 13), about a young priest (Alfonso Herrera, "Sense8") who discovers that one of his parishioners has been possessed by a demon.

It's similar to the movies, but a different story with different characters. If you're a horror fan, you might want to check it out.

"The Exorcist" joins a slew of series adapted from movies, including "Ash vs. Evil Dead" (Starz), "Bates Motel" (A&E), "Fargo" (FX), "Girlfriend Experience" (Starz), "Lethal Weapon" (Fox) and "School of Rock" (Nick).

"Frequency" comes to The CW in October. In 2017, look for "Big Hero 6" (Disney XD), "Step Up" (YouTube), "Taken" (NBC), "Tangled" (Disney), "Time After Time" (ABC) and "Training Day" (CBS). Netflix has ordered "Dear White People"; Epix has ordered "Get Shorty."

Other movies in development as TV series include "Cruel Intentions," "The Expendables," "Fatal Attraction," "The First Wives Club," "The Flamingo Kid," "Heathers," "Marley & Me," "My Best Friend's Wedding," "The Notebook," "Rambo," "Red" and "Snowpiercer."

Not everything in development will become a series. But that won't stop TV executives from trying to turn old TV shows and movies into new TV shows.

Scott D. Pierce covers TV for The Salt Lake Tribune. Email him at; follow him on Twitter @ScottDPierce.