Here's what you can expect this upcoming season
By Michaela Sinclair
Special to MSN TV
In part nine of our 10-part series on this fall's TV trends, we examine TV's
history of looking to other forms of media -- be it movies, books or even social
media -- for its programming.
For years, television producers have been borrowing ideas from other forms of
media across the board. There have been films adapted for television, like
"Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Highlander," and boob-tube series based from
books, like "Game of Thrones" and "Dexter." (Did you know the Showtime series
about a serial killer killing serial killers stemmed from a novel called "Darkly
Dreaming Dexter"?) Meanwhile, the high school football drama "Friday Night
Lights" was inspired by a movie and a nonfiction book of the same name.
"Sex and the City" was sourced from Candace Bushnell's collection of essays
for The New York Observer and spawned "The Carrie Diaries," a prequel
novel by the author that has also become a TV series. The current zombie
thriller "The Walking Dead" is a television adaptation of a graphic novel, while
"Angels in America" was a two-part play from the '90s that led to an HBO
miniseries in 2003. Even Twitter feeds were having a moment on television a few
years ago when CBS adapted $#*! My Dad Says into a William Shatner-starring
series. Better left to 140 characters or less on a social media site, the series
was canceled after 18 episodes.
Bing: 'About a Boy'
| 'Bad Teacher' | 'Surviving Jack'
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