Really? Movies-turned-TV

Movie Mind Steve Martin

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!?

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There are just so many this year!


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  • 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.


Shannon is movie-obsessed and her infatuation with the silver screen can be traced back to a single event. After helping her move into her first apartment, her mom left her with this parting remark: “Don’t spend all your money at the movies!” From that point on, thanks to her library card, Shannon continues to feed her obsession! She is the library's Database Administrator.