I was wondering. Is it possible for a truly retro show to be a hit with the new generation of Americans if advertised as a new series in a country that has never heard of it? I don't mean advertised as a retro series, but as the new thing.
For example, if a Russian animated series from 1976 was to be remastered and dubbed into English in 2013 and to be aired later that year, could it be considered the "cool new thing" among the younger viewers (say perhaps 10-25 age range)?
I know that there have been 80's anime series (City Hunter and Ranma 1/2) being a hit with 2000's Italian viewers of MTV (yes I said MTV) and the 1979 Gundam did OK on Toonami in 2001 (it was removed due to the 9/11 attacks), but could it work with mainstream American audiences as of 2012?
Older TV shows tend to be dated and have certain cliches that give them a vibe. For example freezing the frame just before the break or switching scenes is 70s signature. Clothing and decor, as well a certain expressions (jargon) are also a giveaway. Young people are smart enough to realize that a TV show isn't from the present. There is so much integrated into young people's culture and without their culture integrated into the show its appeal would be limited. Now younger children may enjoy such an attempt.
Given the constraints of your set-up question, I think it's possible as long as we're talking "mainstream TV". There are so many different ways to get TV now that the qualifier "do well" is difficult to nail down. We no longer have that mass audience that used to indicate a hit show.