Movies Being Adapted Into TV Shows

TV companies are going crazy trying to mine film libraries for the next big television series, because why come up with an original untested idea without an established brand name title, right? I almost included the movie to television series trend in my 9 Current Movie and Television Trends I Hate article last month, but I decided it was too soon to make that judgement.

While I’m already tired of seeing the announcements, I really loved Fargo (and I really mean LOVED — it’s my favorite television series of the year), I’m still enjoying Friday Night Lights/Parenthood showrunner Jason Katims‘ About a Boy, and I know many people who really dig Hannibal, Bates Motel, and From Dusk till Dawn: The Series. So it’s hard for me to condemn it at this point.  And yes there are also GothamConstantine and Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., but I consider those shows comic book adaptations.

You might be shocked to learn that there are currently over 30 television shows in development right now based on big screen movies. Which are good ideas? Which sound horrible? After the jump, I attempt to rank all of the movies being adapted into TV shows, by concept from worst to most promising ideas.

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Uncle Buck

TV networks may want to start checking with filmmakers before rushing ahead to remake their works. Earlier this week, a Say Anything… TV series was announced and then swiftly scrapped when Say Anything… movie director Cameron Crowe objected loudly and publicly. Now it’s possible ABC’s planned Uncle Buck reboot could meet the same fate.

While neither director John Hughes nor star John Candy are alive to offer their opinions on the project, their families are speaking up on their behalf. And long story short, they are not at all happy. Hit the jump to read their comments.

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Remember The 1990 Uncle Buck TV Show? It Was Horrible

1990 Uncle Buck TV Show

Earlier today we told you that ABC and MadTV alums Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley were planning to turn John Hughes’ 1989 comedy Uncle Buck into a new multi-camera half-hour series. I almost included TV Show adaptations of popular 1980′s and 1990′s movies as the 10th entry on my list of Current Movie Trends I Hate (read the list of nine, if you haven’t already). The only reason it didn’t make the list is that Fargo ended up being my favorite television series this year, thus as annoying as the announcements are and as horrible as it may sound, it may be too early to “hate.” But I thought now would be a good time to look back at the original Uncle Buck television show from 1990. You might not remember it because it only lasted one season and was pretty horrible.
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John Hughes’ ‘Uncle Buck’ Will Also Be a TV Series

Uncle Buck

NBC’s plans for a Say Anything… rebootquel may have been scrapped, but don’t worry — there are still plenty of other ’80s properties coming to a small screen near you.

Like Uncle Buck, the 1989 comedy starring John Candy and directed by John Hughes. ABC is now trying to turn it into a sitcom. Hit the jump for more on the Uncle Buck TV series.

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VOTD: The 100 Greatest Movie Insults

Pajiba has edited another wonderful montage of movie clips, this time compiling the 100 greatest movie insults of all time in under 10 minutes. Watch the video now embedded after the jump.
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