Sorry for being out of breathe. It's just that I got this news I didn't see coming. It really knocked the wind out of me. I hate to be the one to tell you, but there's talk of FX adapting Fargo for a television series. I know. That's hard cheese.

It's only because I love Fargo that I'm opposed to this. It's poisoning the well. The last thing television needs is another crime procedural. Even if that procedural centers around an extremely pregnant investigator. The saving grace is that this is in FX's hands and they've got a great track record. But honestly, just focus on making the Powers television series awesome enough to air and don't go down this road.

Do you really want to be in the company of these shows?

The Firm

It took ten years to develop a small screen version of John Grisham's The Firm and about ten minutes for it to flop. The series debuted this past winter to the weakiest premiere numbers NBC has ever suffered. And this is the network that aired .quarterlife we're talking about here. Oof.

Ferris Bueller

It was a foolhardy venture to try and adapt a character as beloved as Ferris Bueller for the small screen. Audiences weren't into seeing the character played by not-Matthew Broderick and the show was crushed by the competition -- Major Dad. It is notable however for giving America a short glimpse of Jennifer Aniston. However, her work here wasn't popular enough to influence America's choice of haircut.

Blade: The Series

I didn't want to believe it at first either, but Spike TV's Blade: The Series was actually really good. Like surprisingly good. It's a shame that it didn't make it to a second season. As always, lead actor Sticky Fingaz is a man ahead of his time.

Blue Thunder

The helicopter-centric action film Blue thunder seems like a film least likely to get a television adaptation. However, this happened in the 1980's when there weren't rules about what is and is not quality. And such, Blue Thunder the television series came to fruition. Starring James Farentino, Dana Carvey, Dick Butkus, and Bubba Smith, it somehow only lasted eleven episodes. America had their choice, and they chose Air Wolf.


Alicia Silverstone took America by storm when she starred in Clueless, which was a huge hit. So it both does and does not make sense that the film would be adapted as a sitcom. Though the lead role of Cher was recast, many of the original actors returned for the home version. However, the plots were rejiggered and the narrative of Cher gettin' freaky with her step-brother wasn't explored at all. I guess television learned its lesson with The Brady Bunch.

Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

The movie about the dumbass genius who shrunk his children with his invention, gets it's premise stretched for all its worth. The Szalinski Family has relocated to Colorado where Wayne's inventions get them all into scrapes over and over again. Somehow, they made it to 66 episodes without a single character death.

Uncle Buck

Stand up comic Kevin Meany took over for John Candy in this show based off the John Hughes comedy. The show seemed like a hit when it premiered and got solid Monday night ratings. However, moving it over to Fridays proved too risky and the show was canceled. In the film version, Buck Russell comes to town to watch his estranged nieces and nephew when they're parents are called out of town. In the show, however, Buck is their legal guardian after the parents die a horrible death. That's a shaky foundation for a yuckfest.


Finding success with direct-to-DVD sequels, creators of the Tremors franchise decided to go for broke with a weekly television series. The story centered around the residents of the Arizona town plagued by underground monsters as well as several government experiments gone awry. Syfy aired the episodes completely out of order, causing re-edits of future episodes and a confusing sense of continuity. The show was canceled after thrteen episodes.

Working Girl

Sandra Bullock had a handful of screen credits to her name before snagging the lead in the sitcom based on Working Girl. Stepping into the role made popular by Melanie Griffith in the film version, Bullock starred as Tess, a secretary trying to get ahead at work. However Bullock wasn't America's sweetheart yet and the show was canceled after twelve episodes.