Each year, the chatter about television networks running out of new ideas gets louder and louder. Every season unleashes a slew of projects with overdone premises (a group of attractive friends dating in a big city!) and watered-down remakes of British programs (Gracepoint) or remakes of once-popular American shows (The Odd Couple). It looks like the trend next season will be film-to-TV adaptations. This isn’t shocking — About a Boy is a surprise hit for NBC, Fargo was renewed by FX, and 12 Monkeys will soon premiere on Syfy — but now it seems networks are picking up every adaptation they can get their hands on, no matter how bad it sounds. Here’s the rundown on 15 adaptations that are in the works and their potential.
Marley and Me (NBC)
The movie was a holiday tearjerker starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson, and focused on the misadventures of an impossible-to-train dog that, at the end of the film, dies and breaks the hearts of every unsuspecting child in the audience. The TV show will pick up after the events of the movie, when the entire family has moved back to Florida and is “forced to adopt” a puppy that it also names Marley. Marley 2.0 “will help shed light not only on the growing pains of the Grogan family, but also the lives of the neighbors, and fellow dog-owners, around them.”
Potential: Very, very low. The movie wasn’t exactly a fun-filled, Beethoven-like romp that would lend itself well to an NBC sitcom. Considering this new Marley will be virtually identical to the old Marley, I’m a little bummed it isn’t a paranormal horror-thriller about a ghost dog possessing a young puppy and haunting the family who put him to sleep. I’d happily watch that.