20 years after the original series signed off, Gidget was brought back in a brand new series, spun out of a TV-movie, produced a year earlier to mark the original series' 20th anniversary.
The New Gidget marked the return of former Screen Gems executive producer Harry Ackerman, who shepherded the remake, as he did with the original. The fact that the new series was syndicated allowed it to go beyond its forebear, as it lasted two seasons this time.
Of course, Gidget is now all grown up and married. Caryn Richman took over the role played by Sally Field in the original series. With Field off making movies, you'd think they'd have thrown a bone and brought her back for a cameo? Nope. William Schallert (ex-The Patty Duke Show) steps in for Don Porter as Gidget's dad, with Dean Butler (ex-Little House on the Prairie) as Moondoggie, aka Jeff Griffin, Gidget's husband.
To be perfectly honest, I didn't see much of this show any more than I did the original, so there's no rating. For this holiday weekend, we find Gidget and company on board for a 3-hour cruise. The crew? Special guest stars Alan Hale, Jr. & Bob Denver (ex-Gilligan's Island)!!!
The open with Gidget trying to write with a colonial-era quill pen was a bit much, though.