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Fall 2013 TV trends: Adaptations

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'

What would you like to see adapted for TV, either from a movie, book or other media? Tell us at MSN TV on Facebook and Twitter.


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MSN TV's guide to fall TV: We examine 10 trends for the 2013-2014 TV season; in part 9, examine television's enduring history of borrowing ideas for shows from movies, books, real life and even social media