Do you hear that? If you listen closely, you might be able to hear Paula Cole’s “I Don’t Want to Wait” playing over opening credits of a sun-dappled North Carolina landscape as fresh-faced teens get close-ups. We’re introduced to the core quartet of actors — James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams, Joshua Jackson and Katie Holmes (in that order) — on a show that would span five years and six seasons and become wildly popular. The show, of course, is Dawson’s Creek. Luckily for us, we get to celebrate this beloved coming-of-age teen drama, because 2018 is a very special year from Dawson’s Creek: it’s the 20th anniversary, baby, and Entertainment Weekly was able to get the proverbial band back together for this milestone celebration.
Where to begin… I guess we have to start with the EW cover, which featured Jackson, Van Der Beek, Holmes and Williams, all just looking so, so cool. I mean, seeing the entire crew back together, front and center on this cover of EW and just looking so comfortable to be in one another’s company is kinda like getting a warm hug from an old friend. Sure, everyone is a little older (though they’ve aged really well) and they’ve all forged their own paths over the years, but it’s really nice to see them come back together for this special occasion.
Dawson’s Creek Reunion!
We brought the #DawsonsCreek cast back together in celebration of its 20th anniversary to reminisce about their time on the iconic TV show. Get all the details: https://t.co/ja2vNmH03F #CreekWeek pic.twitter.com/L9bf1n0u1n
— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 28, 2018
Speaking of older, it’s wild to think just how far each of these actors has come in their lives and careers since their Dawson’s days. They’re all parents now, and they’ve all had their fair share of film and TV roles. Williams works predominantly in film, with her most recent roles including All the Money in the World and The Greatest Showman; Holmes is poised to return to TV and was recently part of the Logan Lucky cast; Van Der Beek has kept his focus on TV, popping up in Modern Family and on the Vice comedy What Would Diplo Do?, and soon, he’ll be seen on Ryan Murphy’s upcoming show Pose; and Jackson has stayed on TV for the most part too, with fans currently getting their fix watching him on The Affair.
Our favorite Dawson’s Creek stars have done so much in the past 20 years, including starring on this iconic show, and as such, it’s hard not to feel a bit of reboot fever while scrolling through some of EW‘s photos from the reunion shoot. Yeah, the cast says they still see each other — how great would it be to actually get them all back together for a rebooted Dawson’s Creek? Surely something could be scripted that would make sense for their characters 20 years on. I mean, if we can bring back Full House and Clarissa Explains It All, we can bring back Dawson’s Creek for Pete’s sake.
Dawson’s Creek Reunion pic.twitter.com/QqiOD4jJmI
— M.Cantini (@lacantini) March 28, 2018
It sounds great in theory, but when the cast was asked if they’d be down for a reboot, there were some mixed reactions. Van Der Beek’s reply sounded a bit hesitant: “It would have to be a reinvention of sorts.”
Holmes chimed in implying that any kind of Dawson’s Creek reboot might not live up to the magic of the original. “What I love about this show is that it existed at a time pre-social media, pre-internet, and it was nostalgic when we were shooting it. So I really like it where it is, to be honest.”
Basically, this is my unofficial rallying cry for a Dawson’s Creek reboot. Let’s get those soft maybes from the cast transformed into hard yeses. Call everyone up, get the contracts worked out, get the script written and make sure Paula Cole is game to rerecord “I Don’t Want to Wait” for the 2018 crowd. Let’s make this happen, people.