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(Onion AV Club)   Fourteen short-lived film-to-TV adaptations. Remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Parenthood? Yeah, neither does anyone else   (avclub.com) divider line 152
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2012-04-16 09:48:28 AM  
I remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Someone has to so that it will never happen again.

Never forget.
 
2012-04-16 09:50:04 AM  
1) Why isn't Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventures on that list?
2) How did Bill and Ted get a whole season of TV, while Revenge of the Nerds only got a pilot?
3) How is it that I never knew there was a 4th Revenge of the Nerds movie until just now?
 
2012-04-16 09:51:19 AM  
A teenage Jennifer Aniston? That would have made me spill more seed than Michael J. Fox holding a bird feeder.

Bates Motel sounded pretty cool.
 
2012-04-16 10:03:28 AM  

The Stealth Hippopotamus: I remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off. Someone has to so that it will never happen again.

Never forget.


That's why I remember the Animorphs TV series.
 
2012-04-16 10:24:57 AM  
I remember Ferris Bueller's Day Off. I never actually watched it, but I remember that, after it was cancelled, Parker Lewis Can't Lose did a spoof where Ferris and Cameron were watching Parker Lewis Can't Lose to see how it should have been done.
 
2012-04-16 10:33:34 AM  
i522.photobucket.com

Only lasted one season, but at least it got five TV movies.
 
2012-04-16 11:23:19 AM  
The original "Parenthood" TV show had Leonardo DiCaprio as a cast member. I wonder what ever happened to that kid?
 
2012-04-16 11:29:38 AM  
I loved DELTA HOUSE.

But, I was like 12.
 
2012-04-16 11:57:43 AM  

Sybarite: [i522.photobucket.com image 320x250]

Only lasted one season, but at least it got five TV movies.


Yeah, but IIRC, that only got canceled after one season because Fox was broke, not shiatty ratings.
 
2012-04-16 12:27:31 PM  

DjangoStonereaver: I loved DELTA HOUSE.

But, I was like 12.


Yeah, I was 12 and loved it too. Michelle Pfeiffer at her peak. She was just like 20 or 21.
 
2012-04-16 12:35:54 PM  
I remember Delta House. Loved that show, though it was years after that that I was able to watch the actual uncut movie instead of the censored network TV version.
 
2012-04-16 12:36:23 PM  
Yeah, whatever happened to these guys?

3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-04-16 12:37:13 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Yeah, whatever happened to these guys?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x473]


Oh, come on... it doesn't count if it's TV to Film to TV.
 
2012-04-16 12:41:51 PM  

Walker: The original "Parenthood" TV show had Leonardo DiCaprio as a cast member. I wonder what ever happened to that kid?


i think he went on to some other crappy family show with Curt Cameron. after that i have no idea
 
2012-04-16 12:43:27 PM  
Ferris Bueller the tv series must have been a prequel to the movie. I saw one horrible episode and it made no sense at all. Watching the linked video, I have wonder where's Itchy & Scratchy because Ferris pretty much was Poochie.
 
2012-04-16 12:44:55 PM  
List fails without Planet of the Apes.
 
2012-04-16 12:49:48 PM  
I remember the Uncle Buck TV show.
 
2012-04-16 12:53:00 PM  
I'm actually surprised at the lack of well-known movie continuations on TV, like the Teen Wolf (animated or live-action) show, the Beetlejuice cartoon, the Clerks cartoon, the Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures show or the Planet of the Apes show, among other popular entries.

And yet, I find the list satisfying, because they brought up several shows I never knew existed. That's one thing the AV Club is good for - they can dig up the obscure stuff and still make it interesting.
 
2012-04-16 12:56:10 PM  
I watched the first episode of Ferris Bueller when it originally aired. In the very first scene (before the opening titles, even), the kid playing Ferris chainsaws a wooden standee of Matthew Broderick in half after saying, "C'mon, Matthew Broderick, playing me..? He's too white-bread."

I'd never seen a TV show kill its own chances for success (by utterly destroying any 'good-will' audiences might've brought from the movie) so completely, in such a short time.

My guess is that the show's producers thought they were being 'edgy', or somesuch nonsense.
 
2012-04-16 12:57:32 PM  
They didn't mention the Harry and the Hendersons TV Show?
 
2012-04-16 01:00:27 PM  
I was going to say I enjoyed the Ferrie Bueller Tv show when it was called Parker Lewis Can't Lose. I'm glad the article author mentioned it.
 
2012-04-16 01:04:39 PM  
I remember the Bates Motel 2 hour pilot. I was young but it seemed ok. And I think I saw a bunch of episodes of Delta House on CC way back when. Im suprissed they didnt put Freddies Nightmares on there or whatever that show was where they had Freddy Kruger introduce it ala Tales from the crypt. Then you see him again at the end.
 
2012-04-16 01:04:39 PM  
Parker Lewis CAN'T Lose!
 
2012-04-16 01:05:57 PM  

Sybarite: [Alien Nation]

Only lasted one season, but at least it got five TV movies.


Solid movie and TV show, although for the life of me I can't recall any of the TV movies.
 
2012-04-16 01:07:09 PM  

JohnnyCanuck: Parker Lewis CAN'T Lose!


he apparently lost his show.


i liked parker. watched it for a bit.
 
2012-04-16 01:07:46 PM  
and with all the Parker Lewis love going on...

Gentlemen, synchronize swatches.
 
2012-04-16 01:08:07 PM  

Carth: I was going to say I enjoyed the Ferrie Bueller Tv show when it was called Parker Lewis Can't Lose. I'm glad the article author mentioned it.


I knew multiple people would mention it, but I just wanted to...I don't know. I guess my presence isn't necessary and I'm just wasting everyone's time.
Oh, I know something I can add: the guy who played Parker Lewis is super into Scientology and Freemasonry. Double-fisting!
 
2012-04-16 01:09:09 PM  

Walker: The original "Parenthood" TV show had Leonardo DiCaprio as a cast member. I wonder what ever happened to that kid?


I think he went on to play in some movie about a fictional boat trip that crashes into an iceberg in the North Atlantic and falls in love with a girl during the trip. That movie just came out in 3D.
 
2012-04-16 01:10:26 PM  
Okay, so I am old enough to either have seen or remember all of these (Bates Motel - shudder, and not in a good way). But how in the fark did I not know about a Revenge of the Nerds pilot??? I thought I was aware of every obscure Film to TV failure in history, but that one totally slipped under my radar. Guess I will be doing some Youtubing tonight for that one.

/NEERDS!!!
 
2012-04-16 01:11:59 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Yeah, whatever happened to these guys?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x473]


Ones of them bakes erotic cakes.
 
2012-04-16 01:12:34 PM  
t2.gstatic.com

Not impressed
 
2012-04-16 01:13:06 PM  

Mugato: A teenage Jennifer Aniston? That would have made me spill more seed than Michael J. Fox holding a bird feeder.

Bates Motel sounded pretty cool.


She was not hot in it. There's a reason why The Famous Teddy Z and Parker Lewis Can't Lose beat the Ferris tv show. They turned Ferris into some preppy shiat... and sure, Ferris was a rich boy, but damn, it was like watching young yuppie love. No bueno.
 
2012-04-16 01:13:34 PM  
I remember being soooo dissapointed that the Friday the 13th series was about an old man and his niece or something, and they'd find various hexed trinkets and soforth.

I was hoping that instead, it would Jason killing folks on a weekly basis.
 
2012-04-16 01:13:40 PM  

devilskware: I remember the Uncle Buck TV show.


I came here to mention this one. I'm glad to see it was covered.

Carry on.
 
2012-04-16 01:13:49 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Yeah, whatever happened to these guys?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x473]


They guest starred on Family Guy.

/Worf's head looks like a fanny
 
2012-04-16 01:14:53 PM  

Torrent of Rubbish: Carth: I was going to say I enjoyed the Ferrie Bueller Tv show when it was called Parker Lewis Can't Lose. I'm glad the article author mentioned it.

I knew multiple people would mention it, but I just wanted to...I don't know. I guess my presence isn't necessary and I'm just wasting everyone's time.
Oh, I know something I can add: the guy who played Parker Lewis is super into Scientology and Freemasonry. Double-fisting!


One of the few times I don't care.. and I hate scientology. He was hot in SG-1. Why was Corin fired?
 
2012-04-16 01:16:28 PM  

Freakin Rican: JohnnyCanuck: Parker Lewis CAN'T Lose!

he apparently lost his show.


i liked parker. watched it for a bit.


Yeah...I kinda farked up. Was linking a pic of Peter dressed as PL to make it funny.
It did not link. Ah well.

\I actualy never watched that show but I was aware of it.
 
2012-04-16 01:17:03 PM  
conspicuously absent:

img2.timeinc.net
 
2012-04-16 01:18:07 PM  
FARK YOU SUBBY!

I was IN Parenthood thank you very much.
 
2012-04-16 01:18:33 PM  

T.rex: I remember being soooo dissapointed that the Friday the 13th series was about an old man and his niece or something, and they'd find various hexed trinkets and soforth.

I was hoping that instead, it would Jason killing folks on a weekly basis.


Nightmare on Elm Street series was on at the exact same time, and they'd come on one after the other... you'd get all the senseless killing you wanted in the Nightmare on Elm Street tv show, it was depressing.. more depressing than the spiteful killings in Tales from the Darkside. I kind of liked that Friday the 13th was about a witch in a Needful Things type shop. It worked for me, because Robie/Robey worked for me. There wasn't as much senseless violence, it was Charmed before Charmed, but less romance crap. Still, I understand why folks were expecting more Camp Crystal Lake mayhem and didn't want a modern witch.
 
2012-04-16 01:19:14 PM  
ExperianScaresCthulhu The Famous Teddy Z and Parker Lewis Can't Lose

Nickelodeon likewise had a halfway-decent Ferris Bueller clone in the early-1990s, titled Clarissa Explains It All.

yafh.com
 
2012-04-16 01:19:43 PM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: teenage Jennifer Aniston


celebritiesaskids.net
 
2012-04-16 01:21:38 PM  

noazark: I watched the first episode of Ferris Bueller when it originally aired. In the very first scene (before the opening titles, even), the kid playing Ferris chainsaws a wooden standee of Matthew Broderick in half after saying, "C'mon, Matthew Broderick, playing me..? He's too white-bread."

I'd never seen a TV show kill its own chances for success (by utterly destroying any 'good-will' audiences might've brought from the movie) so completely, in such a short time.

My guess is that the show's producers thought they were being 'edgy', or somesuch nonsense.


I remember that. I remember nothing else about that TV show, but I remember that.
 
2012-04-16 01:22:16 PM  
Galactica 1980. Now that was a frakking bowel movement.
 
2012-04-16 01:30:15 PM  
noazarks My guess is that the show's producers thought they were being 'edgy', or somesuch nonsense.

that's from an actual theatrical-not video-FBDO standee...God knows what it's worth now...

/still have the sneak preview pin
 
2012-04-16 01:38:24 PM  
I am hoping that one day we will get a mashup of Cop Rock and Manimal.
 
2012-04-16 01:40:46 PM  

Mike Chewbacca: Yeah, whatever happened to these guys?

[3.bp.blogspot.com image 640x473]


If Voyager had been less TNG and more DS9, it would be better remembered today.

/watching netflix
//it holds up better watching it one after the other
///I like Janeaway more
/sad for what might have been
 
2012-04-16 01:43:15 PM  

Shostie: noazark: I watched the first episode of Ferris Bueller when it originally aired. In the very first scene (before the opening titles, even), the kid playing Ferris chainsaws a wooden standee of Matthew Broderick in half after saying, "C'mon, Matthew Broderick, playing me..? He's too white-bread."

I'd never seen a TV show kill its own chances for success (by utterly destroying any 'good-will' audiences might've brought from the movie) so completely, in such a short time.

My guess is that the show's producers thought they were being 'edgy', or somesuch nonsense.

I remember that. I remember nothing else about that TV show, but I remember that.


I remember the chainsaw. It was.. strange. But if they had followed through it would have worked. They didn't follow through. I don't remember the whitebread comment; I just remember none of the characters seemed real, they were not likeable or relateable, and the chicks on the show were dressed like frumpy rich biatches. there's a way to do 80s layering without... that.
 
2012-04-16 01:44:32 PM  

Lazakesau: FARK YOU SUBBY!

I was IN Parenthood thank you very much.


did Opie Cunningham touch your dirty spot?
 
2012-04-16 01:48:55 PM  

ExperianScaresCthulhu: T.rex: I remember being soooo dissapointed that the Friday the 13th series was about an old man and his niece or something, and they'd find various hexed trinkets and soforth.

I was hoping that instead, it would Jason killing folks on a weekly basis.

Nightmare on Elm Street series was on at the exact same time, and they'd come on one after the other... you'd get all the senseless killing you wanted in the Nightmare on Elm Street tv show, it was depressing.. more depressing than the spiteful killings in Tales from the Darkside. I kind of liked that Friday the 13th was about a witch in a Needful Things type shop. It worked for me, because Robie/Robey worked for me. There wasn't as much senseless violence, it was Charmed before Charmed, but less romance crap. Still, I understand why folks were expecting more Camp Crystal Lake mayhem and didn't want a modern witch.


Friday the 13th the series actually had a pretty good premise for an anthology horror show. Before Warehouse 13 or X-files, there was a purpose to the "monster of the week" the show had, and not bad. Just a disappointment for those that hoped it would be a half hour worth of teens getting murdered.

/i miss anthology horror and sci-fi
 
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