The re-do game is a tough nut to crack - but not when it comes to having Donny and Marie Osmond mark a return to weekly prime-time television with a reboot of their music variety show.
Remakes and reunions of previous hit television programs, either for the small screen or large, usually fail. Mostly because those involved with the show are more concerned with placing their mark on a particular project, as opposed to concerning themselves with what made the original series a hit in the first place. Or because they are not loyal to the premise or mythology of the original series.
Another reason such rehashes do not succeed is because the on-screen performers have either passed away, are ill, and/or are replaced with new performers.
With regard to the latter, in particular, such is not the case with Donny and Marie.
Both are still alive, look great and have retained their enormous amount of talent. What's more, their talented pool of family membership is getting deeper by the minute. In addition to older brothers, Alan, Wayne, Merril, Jay, and Jimmy there are children, nieces, nephews, etc.
The Osmond form of family entertainment is a breath of fresh air in today's world, and loyal, original, nostalgic and new fans will flock to watch their show (which recommendedly should be scheduled for it original 8:00 PM on Friday night - and on it's original network: ABC).
Donny and Marie's marketedability, in particular, is on the upswing in a big way. Donny is a recent victor from "Dancing With The Stars," Marie has recently signed to do a talk show (due to her increased visibility as a spokesperson for Weight Watchers), and their new live stage show in Vegas is a massive hit.
It's just plain time for the new "Donny and Marie Show."