With the Arrested Development movie in development, a second Sex and the City movie in production, and rumors about a movie version of Friends, the Hollywood remake machine is shifting its focus to television. Although we have grave doubts about how well most TV shows work as movie adaptations, studio heads seldom return our phone calls, so even more adaptations are probably on the way. Not every TV show can successfully become a movie, (see: Hazzard, Dukes of) but if this trend is fated to continue, here are a few shows we'd love to see on the silver screen.
was the lowest-rated ever, with only 2.1 million viewers. The show has 11 episodes left on its current order, and there's a chance that the end is near. The excellent bonus episode "Epitaph One" proved that the show's writers have a long-term direction in mind, but they won't have time to get there if the ratings don't improve. Like Serenity, the movie version of Joss Whedon's last show, Firefly, a Dollhouse movie could satisfy viewers who will want more if the show gets canceled. Plus, 2 million people is a pretty good opening weekend for a movie. We kind of don't want this movie to happen, because it probably means the show had been canceled, but if it does, we'll buy the popcorn.
Jimmy Smits) taking office. In the same way that the show drew material from events of the Clinton and then Bush administrations, it would be easy to adapt more recent political events into a compelling movie drama. The parallels are already there, with a president from a minority background and Josh Lyman, the character originally based on Rahm Emanuel, becoming Chief of Staff -- the same position Emanuel now holds. Bring back series creator Aaron Sorkin to write the screenplay, and we'll see you at the Oscars.
Tina Fey's so-funny-it-hurts brand of humor is the type that's missing from current movie comedies. Every time a new Judd Apatow or Todd Phillips movie is released, critics complain about the lack of likable female characters. Liz Lemon would silence those critics, and we would get the chance to see if a female lead who is not in a romantic comedy can draw an audience the same way the male-dominated comedies do.
Which TV shows would you like to see on the big screen? Let us know in the comments!