Pretty much since “Xena: Warrior Princess” debuted in 1995, fans have imagined Xena and Gabrielle were more than friends, a belief fueled by jokes and innuendos by the show’s writers and stars. However, when NBC’s reboot of the fantasy-adventure airs, viewers will no longer have to use their imaginations.
Addressing a question on his blog about “The 100,” which recently upset fans with the death of a lesbian character, “Xena” writer/executive producer Javier Grillo-Marxuach revealed the reboot will be a thoroughly modern update.
“‘Xena’ will be a very different show made for very different reasons,” he wrote. “There is no reason to bring back ‘Xena’ if it is not there for the purpose of fully exploring a relationship that could only be shown subtextually in first-run syndication in the 1990s. It will also express my view of the world — which is only further informed by what is happening right now — and is not too difficult to know what that is if you do some digging.”
That will undoubtedly make a lot of “Xena” fans happy, even if they won’t be able to see Lucy Lawless and Renee O’Connor return to their iconic roles.
(via Vanity Fair)