For Breaking Bad and Downton Abbey, Movies Are the New TV Revival

Netflix's El Camino shows new path forward as the revival craze loses luster

Aaron Paul as Jesse Pinkman in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie
Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan tackled a more concise story for El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie. Netflix

Early last year, the revival craze was in full swing among networks. Will & Grace returned to much success on NBC, Fox was rolling out a second revival season of The X-Files, CBS had placed a straight-to-series order for Murphy Brown, and ABC was preparing for Roseanne’s big return. That left other networks and studios looking for their own opportunities to jump on the revival bandwagon.

@jasonlynch Jason Lynch is TV Editor at Adweek, overseeing trends, technology, personalities and programming across broadcast, cable and streaming video.