The Notebook TV Show!

Yes, my friend, you read that right! They are planning to turn the 2004 movie The Notebook starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams (based on Nicholas Sparks novel of the same title) into a TV show!



The CW has teamed up with Nicholas Sparks himself, who’s been very involved with the movie adaptations of his books, to create a TV show out of the story. The project is purely in development right now, so there is no specific information available at the moment. Still, it makes you wonder if it could actually work.

It seems that TV shows based on movies are very much in demand right now. Just think about Dominion (based on Legion/on Syfy) as well as upcoming shows Minority Report (Fox), Limitless and Rush Hour (CBS). Yet, the Notebook is a pretty iconic movie by now and many people automatically associate it with Gosling and McAdams in the lead roles.  It is going to be extremely difficult to pick the right actor/actress to replace them and with the CW being the network to take on the project, I hope they’ll go with some fresh faces instead of some of their repertoire-actors and -actresses. Come on, they do tend to use the same people over and over just in different shows.

However, I am also sort of glad that this is done by the CW. Some people don’t like the network very much, but I actually really appreciate their content. Also, I think that, due to its very romantic tone, the Notebook will fit in nicely with the other shows. They have proven to be able to pull of a costume drama (Reign) as well, so I am not even that worried about the show being set after World War II. (As of now, the Notebook TV show will only feature Noah and Allie in their youth and not when they’re older, but that could still change.)

What do you think? Could this be the real deal or should they just leave it alone?

P.S.: Because I couldn’t resist, here’s a BuzzFeed video of guys watching the Notebook for the first time. See, it’s not only for girls!


31 thoughts on “The Notebook TV Show!

  1. TV shows based on movies are getting really popular these days, aren’t they? Teen Wolf on MTV (which is better than the original movie), Scream on the same channel (not sure why they tried, but okay), and even Friday the 13th has a TV series in development (I’d actually be interested in seeing how that goes).


    • Yeah, and like I mentioned in the post, Rush Hour, Limitless and Minority Report are coming out this fall and next year as well. I think it’s because TV shows are now more popular than ever. Most people even like them better than movies, which I understand very well. If I have the choice between something that takes 1.5-2 hours and something that’s 10 hours or more in total, I’m going to choose the latter.


      • Especially if you can choose when and where you watch either.

        I’m unsure if I want to see Minority Report. I liked the movie, but I’m unsure about the TV show. That, and I’m in Europe. Watching anything can be difficult.


      • I watched the pilot for Minority Report and I don’t think I’ll continue watching it in the fall. But I’m not a huge fan of the movie either, so I don’t know if that plays into it.


      • I think the test here is if it’ll last past one season. Somehow I highly doubt it though: it seems too niche for a broadcast network show, and a lot of people will be skeptical unless the show gets very good reviews from critics.
        Plus Fox has a terrible record with fantasy/sci-fi shows. They cancelled Firefly, they changed so much about Dollhouse that it drove the show into the ground, and their decisions involving Sleepy Hollow nearly killed it (I’m skeptical of anything beyond a comic book series after the third season).


      • Minority Report leaked together with Lucifer and Blindspot. Among those three it was definitely the weakest. I love Lucifer and I want to see more of Blindspot, but Minority Report .. I don’t know. I could see it fail, not just because of the network.


      • I love that show already! You know you can watch the pilot on the platform I gave you the link for Teen Wolf. But the rest of the show won’t come out until next year, so I’m not sure if you’d want a break that’s so long …


  2. I love that Buzzfeed video! The guys are totally feeling the movie. I personally haven’t watched The Notebook to the end but I’m sure CW will adapt it well. They do romance amazingly 😀

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    • I think it’s looking like the project will be greenlighted, but I don’t know. Also, I doubt that they’ll stick to the book too closely, because in my opinion there’s not much there if they leave out he whole part where they are old. So far, I can only imagine it as a mini-series, but I don’t think that that’s what they are attempting to do.


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