Hollywood has become notorious for lacking original ideas. This inability to come up with something new has gone from being film-exclusive to becoming frequent on television. These shows all based on something are taking over.
The Walking Dead
One of the highest rated shows on television is AMC’s The Walking Dead. Based on the graphic novel series about a zombie apocalypse, the show continues to grow in popularity each season. In fact this show became such a hit that it inspired another show, The Talking Dead, to air immediately after each episode. This “spinoff” was created just to talk about the most recent episode as many fans could not wait until the next morning.
A prequel to the classic Alfred Hitchcock film Psycho, Bates Motel tells the story of Norman Bates and the relationship he had with the one who knows best, his mother. The show still in its early stages, Bates Motel has begun to gain new a larger following through word of mouth and its availability on Netflix.
Similar to Bates Motel is the show Hannibal. Hannibal is based on the earlier life of Dr. Hannibal Lecter before the film he is known best for, The Silence of the Lambs. Amazingly enough from all we think we know about this sinister character, Dr. Lecter still has a lot more to him than what we have seen in the movies. Originally the Dr. Lecter character comes from a series of books written by Thomas Harris. This television show will go deeper into Dr. Lecter’s origins and what made him think a census taker could go so well with fava beans.
This television series based on the folktale of the Headless Horseman in Sleepy Hollow is a far different story than the one we are familiar with. Instead of taking place long ago, Ichabod Crane has traveled to modern day to fight off the evil headless Prussian soldier. This show has an opportunity to go lots of places and if done right can have a long run thanks to its “crime of the week” format.
Premiering in 2014 and starring Zoe Saldana, the classic horror film Rosemary’s Baby will get the small screen treatment. A very simple story of a woman carrying Satan’s spawn will get the television treatment with a more detailed character development among other things. The creators will need to have their creative minds fully functional to turn this into a full series.
A Best Picture nominated film from 1996 is coming to television. Fargo, the quirky crime drama with a colorful cast with the funniest accents you will ever hear is coming to FX. An already reputable cast including Billy Bob Thornton, Colin Hanks, and several other familiar faces, this could be the next a long-running series if fans embrace the show like they did the movie.