Now that the new TV season promos have started, I’ve noticed a definite trend this year: TV shows ripped straight from the movie theater! Before I started to research this, I thought, “Wow, the networks are really scraping the bottom of the barrel [creatively].” Then I discovered this isn’t new or even unheard of, and once in a while they actually do a decent job. Remember Parenthood? I LOVED the movie (circa 1989) and the 2010-15 TV show had a nice run, winning many awards.
That being said, I’m still a little wary of remakes. So many times, the do-over messes up what made the first so stellar. Come on, now, what did you really think of the Sound of Music Live!?
There are just so many this year!
- Lethal Weapon on FOX
Riggs & Murtaugh will forever be one of my favorite buddy flicks, so I had a minor panic attack when I first saw the promo. Damon Wayans is in it, so…maybe? Fingers crossed!
- Frequency on CW
Remember that movie where the son could talk to his dead dad through the radio? The show shakes things up with a father/daughter storyline. Will it work? Time will tell.
- Taken on NBC
Really? Sure it was a decent action movie trilogy, but is it worth serializing on TV? Billed as a prequel, this might have a chance.
- Training Day on CBS
A rogue cop is paired up with a principled trainee. This could be interesting. Plus, it’s got Bill Paxton!
- The Exorcist on FOX
Wow. Whoa. No-way-no-how am I even going to give this one a try, but if you walk on the dark side when it comes to your TV preferences, please share! Does this pique your interest at all?
- Uncle Buck on ABC
Yeah!! Who doesn’t love a fish out of water comedy!
- Roots on the History Channel
Ok, technically, this was originally a mini-series and not a movie but both versions were exceptional.