I was reading http://blackwomenmakingmovies.wordpress.com/2010/04/09/create-a-tv-series/ . Cool idea btw. Anyways it got me thinking about books, tv movies and movies that I think would make great series. Some are tv movies (MOW) that are obvious pilots. They produce a mow pilot and if the ratings are good the networks greenlight a series. Man From Atlantis as well as others. Then there are the episodes (pilots) within an existing series like Private Practice within Grey’s Anatomy.
Anyways back to the movies, MOW and books that would make great series. I’ve seen many that I’m not sure why they aren’t series. Here’s my list:
Down in the Delta (I so could have seen this as a tv series (If BET didn’t suck they could have picked up this as a series) plus I would have liked her to meet a new man while she was learning about herself and improving her and her children’s lives)
Waterproof 1999 would have made a good series as well.
L. A. Banks Vampire Huntress series
A lifetime movie based on a Nora Roberts novel called Montana Sky that reminds me of McLeod’s Daughters (from Australia and was on I think either WE or O, bwmm mentioned that it’s on Netflix. Gotta check that one out myself)
Claudine (my version though would get them out of the hood, or even if they are still in the same neighborhood he would help them out financially as he is now a part of the house hold)
The Surge A. K. A. The Source (low-budget sci-fi movie about kids getting special powers)
You know thinking about it now The Wedding would make for a good tv series
Also Ruby’s Bucket of Blood. Either the story as it was with the movie or after her and her daughter left.
The Gifted One (which I suspect was a pilot disguised as a MOW) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0097431/
Where the Heart is would also make for a good series
Weirdly enough Waiting to Exhale (but the women will be (yes having drama) but meeting to new men etc. Also the Wives Club (which to me is similar, but not as jacked up)
Watching Crooklyn now it seems silly in some parts, but it would make for a good series either before the mother dies or after. Hey Buffy was a messed up movie, but a great tv series when Whedon was able to make the series the way he originally wanted to make the movie.
Drive By: A Love Story actually a short film, but it could have easily been a tv drama geared towards AA’s. This is something UPN or BET could have picked up.
Where Have All the People Gone (which I suspect this one was a Pilot disguised as a MOW as well)
Gangland (which is a cheesy gangs have over run L. A. kind of low-budget film, but it would have made for a cool series especially if something like this a sort of post apoc type of story happens in the world)
I think Second Chances would have made a good kids series
Movies, books etc. I thought about that ended up being series
Blade (even though to me they didn’t do as good as they could have)
The Witches of Eastwick
The Never Ending Story
I have others, but what books, movies, mow do you see as tv series?