As if adapting a series from a Twitter feed fir $#*! My Dad Says wasn’t enough of a gift (or rather a chunk of coal) to TV viewers, then surely turning a website into a TV series will float your boat. That’s what ABC is thinking as Variety reports the network has ordered a script for a comedy series based on the website and book inspired by the same internet sensation Awkward Family Photos, a collection of some of the most embarrassing but genuine family photos from real people.
Joe Russo and Anthony Russo (who have found success as executive producers of Happy Endings and Community) will direct and exec produce the new series with Just Shoot Me writers Moses Port and David Guarascio scripting the series. However, it’s unclear how the duo intend to adapt a website whose charm and hilarity comes from singular photos into several episodes of television. This is one of those situations where I don’t understand why the rights need to be purchased to a book or website when a network could just create a decent family comedy series from nothing (after all, that’s exactly why Modern Family is so successful). This kind of brand recognition just doesn’t make for a successful TV series. Hit the jump for news on another adaptation for a TV series after the jump.
After a bidding across many networks, Deadline reports Fox has picked up a series adaptation of the Will Smith and Kevin James romantic comedy Hitch. Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment and The Proposal writer Pete Chiarelli are behind a series adaptation which is somehow described as an “action-packed” hour-long series. Is the intention to turn the date doctor into an action star or is the romance in the series just really rough? I guess that would be a fresh approach to an adaptation that was attempted as a half-hour comedy series at CBS but never made it to pilot. We’ll keep you posted as these projects develop and pilot season saunters on.