I have a hard time believing that there are so few new ideas out there that movie studios have to resort to adapting TV shows, particularly sitcoms, for use on the big screen. Every time you turn around, though, they’re turning yet another classic TV series into a movie. But I’ve thought of ten that they haven’t thought of.
Believe me, it was no piece of cake. There were a few that I wanted to add to the list: Hogan’s Heroes was #1 on the list, but I had to take it off because IMDb says it’s “in production.” Same with I Dream of Jeannie. And The Man From U. N. C. L. E., due out next year and starring Henry Cavill as Napoleon Solo, Armie Hammer as Ilya Kuryakin, and Hugh Grant as Alexander Waverley, the part played originally by the 80-year-old Leo G. Carroll.
Anyway, here’s my list of ten classic TV shows they haven’t turned into movies yet.
Mork & Mindy: I know, Robin Williams is gone now. He’d be too old to play the title role, anyway. No doubt he improvised some of his part, but it was a scripted show. Get the right actor, you could make it work, if you weren’t sitting there making comparisons to Williams the whole time.
The Jeffersons: It was a lot of fun watching the bombastic George Jefferson interact with the neighbors, although it might be difficult to find an actor that could do it was well as Sherman Hemsley did for all those years. But the comedy was classic.
Moonlighting: I’m almost hesitant to put this on the list, because Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis were just so good together. Nevertheless, it was a classic, and the right actors could pull it off.
Remington Steele: Now this could work with Hugh Grant in the title role. Maybe even get Drew Barrymore to play Laura Holt.
Hart to Hart: I could almost see Michael Weatherly from NCIS and Sasha Alexander from Rizzoli & Isles playing the Harts. (Robert Wagner, the original Jonathan Hart, has played Weatherly’s father on NCIS a few times.) The question is, who would play Max?
The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis: I’m surprised this one hasn’t been picked up yet. There have been a number of TV movies, but never a theatrical release. Maybe even get Dwayne Hickman to play Mr. Gillis.
Gilligan’s Island: Another classic crazy comedy that I’m surprised no one has thought of yet.
Mannix: Considered one of the most violent shows on TV when it first made its appearance, it’s mild compared to some of the current shows. There was always the sense that Mannix and his secretary, Peggy, had a romantic relationship, but they never showed anything between them because evidently TV wasn’t ready for interracial romance.
Barney Miller: This was a very funny show, and the ensemble cast played well off of one another. You could have all kinds of fun with this one.
All right, I can hear you now: “You forgot X!” “How could you include Y and not Z?” etc. Well, all right, if you think you could do a better job, go right ahead. Which ones would you rather see? Which ones don’t belong here? Your comments are always welcome here!
For now, that’s your Thursday Ten for October 9, 2014.
This was real close, unlike the last one. This time there were thirteen votes, and by a one-vote margin, Adele won over The Beatles and Smith. The final tally:
Adele – 5
The Beatles – 4
Smith – 4
The interesting thing was that Adele was almost an afterthought. I had been warned against giving too many choices, as I had with my first BotB, and had intended on leaving at just two choices. I heard Adele’s version, and decided that it was a short enough song that I’d throw it in as well, not really expecting it to get much attention.
Shows what I know, huh?
So thanks to everyone who voted and congratulations to Adele.
Tune in again next Wednesday for another exciting battle, where two singers take on a torch song classic. See you then.
Jim Hall (1930-2013) was born in Buffalo, NY and moved to Cleveland early in life. He came from a musical family and got his first guitar when he was ten. He was influenced by sax players such as Coleman Hawkins and Lester Young as well as guitarist Charlie Christian. He backed musicians such as Art Farmer, Sonny Rollins, Paul Desmond, and most notably Bill Evans.
Hall had a melodic approach to the guitar, a light touch and warm tone, as evidenced by the two videos for today. The first video features his quartet on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1992, playing two songs, “Subsequently” and the standard “Skylark.” The second video features him with Art Farmer on flugelhorn, Steve Swallow in bass, and Walter Perkins on drums, playing “My Kinda Love.” He made several albums with Farmer from 1962 to 1964, so the performance probably dates from then.
So here we are, the last round of 2014, and so far I’ve been happy with my progress. I set out at the beginning of the last round wanting to blog every day, and I’ve done that, and I set out to learn something about Evernote, and I’ve done that. In the process, I’ve forgotten a few things, or subconsciously blown them off, and they’re things I want to focus on doing, because, dammit, I’m tired of not doing them.
First, there’s 750 Words. I used to sit for however long it took to force out 750 or more words every morning on the website. I’ve lost my focus on it and do it maybe once a week, at best. Unacceptable. Objective #1: Write my 750-word “morning pages” on 750words.com every day.
And reading. I have a lot more access to my Kindle than I thought originally, so there’s no excuse. Objective #2: Read 30 minutes a day. I’m not going to limit what I’m reading to just fiction or just nonfiction. In fact, I’m not even going to limit it to books or e-books: I’m going to include longform articles on the web and other written sources. It would help, if I want to write longer articles, to read them once in a while.
And writing left-handed. I more or less did this in round 2, but it’s been one of those “use it or lose it” propositions. Suffice it to say, I lost it… Objective #3: Write left-handed fifteen minutes a day.
Of course, there are my sponsor responsibilities. That goes without saying. And I plan to continue blogging every day, as I have been.
I’ve been accumulating stuff in my Pocket account all week, and am just now going through everything and seeing what to keep and what to discard. I thouht I’d share a few things with you.
I’ve been following the website Apartment Therapy for a couple of weeks now. The site has a lot of visual appeal, and at times I think, “I can see living there.” There are lots of articles like this one, Playful Interiors: 12 Cheery Rooms Full of Ideas to Borrow, that give me all kinds of creative ideas. Not to do, of course (Mary set two rules for me when we bought the house: no paint and no power tools), but to write about. Maybe they’ll do the same for you.
Knowing how popular the Harry Potter series is with many of us (including me), here is an article from Lifehack that made some very good points: 15 Important Lessons the Harry Potter Series Has Taught Me. I’ve already documented my difficulties writing blog posts around lists, so if nothing else, this is a good example of such an article.
One of thse days, I need to take a refresher class in Geography, because the last one I took was in fourth grade, and most of it has changed since then. Besides, there are a lot of countries that I missed the first time around. Such as Bhutan, a tiny country tucked in between China, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Myanmar/Burma. The people there are evidently very happy, and Lifehack gives us a list of 8 Things Bhutan People Do Differently That Make Them The Happiest People. The longer I live on this rock spinning in space, the more this type of life appeals to me.
Cal Newport takes to his blog to explain How We Sent a Man to the Moon Without E-mail and Why it Matters Today. We sent a man to the moon without a lot of stuff we conider essential today, come to think of it. I had a manager that would carefully wordsmith an email to me, and if he didn’t hear back within 15 minutes he’d call and demand to know why I hadn’t. Even when I was onsite with a client. Uh, hello? Kinda busy here…
Mental Floss had a list of 16 of Truman Capote’s Fiercest Insults. I saw him on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson when he told Johnny why he was such a good guest: “You never know what the hell I’m going to say next.” Philip Seymour Hoffman deserved his Oscar for his portrayal of Truman in Capote.
Finally, Hunter Emkay had a good post on creative plotting techniques that featured a couple of videos, one on storyboarding and the other on cluster plotting. The videos are helpful if you’re getting ready for the annual November orgy, but even if you aren’t, they’re well-done and worth a watch.
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Remember, Round 4 of A Round of Words in 80 Days (coloquially known as ROW80) begins tomorow. See you then.