Posted by Alia Haddad on October 1, 2012 at 7:52 am
We seemed to turn a pretty big page when Arrested Development–hey, Sex and the City even–did the whole television show becomes a feature film ‘ol shakeup, paving the way for so many other off-air shows that hope for a similar fate, such as Entourage and Party Down.
And so, given that this is an ever-growing trend in movie-making Hollywood, it only makes sense that said Hollywood wants to see if the reverse will hold true. Will people watch television shows that come from their favorite movies (a la M.A.S.H)?
In recent weeks, there have been myriad reports claiming that many of these movies-into-shows are in the works. For example, Bravo is supposedly turning 80s classic Heathers into perhaps its only non-reality, non-talk show format. Similarly. Fargo, A Knight’s Tale, and The Good Shepard have all had talk surrounding them regarding a possible reboot on the small screen.
The latest in this long line, as The Playlist is reporting, is About A Boy, the Nicholas Hornby book turned into the Chris and Paul Weitz movie starring Hugh Grant as a cynical yet immature grown man whose life changes at the hands of a charming young boy. And now Jason Katims, the guy responsible for Parenthood, is apparently bringing this little tale to NBC sometime in the future.
My reaction can be summed up in two words and one strategically placed comma: well, okay.Here’s the thing: sure M.A.S.H. was a great show, and sure some people stick hard to their claim that movie-turned-show Friday Night Lights is, in fact, really good (I, on the other hand, had a hard time getting through the first episode, and yeah, what about Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which was a cult hit in both film and television show format? Yeah, so it seems we have some promising examples siding with the movie-turned-show trend. But don’t forget about the aforementioned “thing.” That thing is is that for how ever many successful transformations this category can claim, it also is responsible for some bad ones, some very bad ones. How bad? Well, remember Clueless the show? I sure hope not. Or what about the 10 Things I Hate About You ABC Family show? These two shows alone make me rethink this category all together.
Will About A Boy be successful on the television box? This seems like it could be a hit, given our penchant for adults with unlikely mature, children companions (think Gilmore Girls). But will Heathers make a good show? Is there any way to take such a classic and attempt a regular hand at it? Not if you don’t want to ruin it. So Andy Cohen, if you’re reading, won’t you please, please stick to what you do best? After all my over the top, unadulterated drama fix only comes from one place. And that place ain’t Heathers.
Where do you stand, Banterers, on the movie-turned-television-show debate as of late?