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5 TV Shows That Should Never, Ever Become Movies

by Kelly Woo, posted Jun 11th 2009 5:00PM
LostAs we all know, Hollywood hasn't had a new idea since, like, 1978. Everything's a sequel, remake or adaptation these days. And one idea well Tinseltown loves to draw from is the small screen.

But more often than not, movies based on TV shows are really not good -- just check out Moviefone's worst TV shows turned movies list, which includes the atrocities that were 'Josie and the Pussycats,' 'Speed Racer' and 'Bewitched.'

So, here are five TV shows we should hope to never see in a theater near us.As we all know, Hollywood hasn't had a new idea since, like, 1978. Everything's a sequel, remake or adaptation these days. And one idea well Tinseltown loves to draw from is the small screen.

But more often than not, movies based on TV shows are really not good -- just check out Moviefone's worst TV shows turned movies list, which includes the atrocities that were 'Josie and the Pussycats,' 'Speed Racer' and 'Bewitched.'

So, here are five TV shows we should hope to never see in a theater near us. -- By Kelly Woo

1. 'Lost'

J.J. Abrams has become a hot movie director ('Star Trek') but what makes 'Lost' great are the mysteries and puzzles, the cliffhangers, the "WTF?!" moments that we love to dish about at the watercooler. None of that works as a movie.Plus, fans get agitated when they don't enough answers every week; can you imagine the uproar if they had to wait two years to find out what's inside the hatch? Seriously, society might rip apart at the seams.

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2. 'Battlestar Galactica'
Richard Hatch, who starred in two versions of the series, has lots of ideas for the proposed 'BSG' movie (based on the original). Here's an idea: Don't do it, for the love of the gods! And while the re-imagined show is one of our all-time faves, Ron Moore wrote a pretty definitive ending. The greatness of 'BSG' will live forever ... on DVD.

3. 'Full House'
John Stamos is apparently working on a 'Full House' movie, with a dream cast of Steve Carell as Danny Tanner and James Franco as Uncle Jesse. Love ya, Stamos, but this has to go to be the worst idea in the history of moviedom.

What Happened to the Full House cast?

    Ratings for 'Full House,' which began its run in '87, were low at first, with critics panning the cheese factor of the San Francisco-set sitcom. For its second season, ABC moved the Tanners to the family-friendly TGIF lineup, and the show about a widower raising his three daughters with the help of his brother-in-law and best friend found its groove. (Cheese factor? What cheese factor?)

    Running eight seasons, 'Full House' became iconic pop candy for Generation X. Just a taste of what it gave us: eye-rolling references for later dorm-room talks, John Stamos' "bad guys just need a hug" lesson -- and the Olsen twins, adorable-little-Michelle-turned-billion-dollar-empire-controlling entertainment tycoons. Name another sitcom with a track record like that ... Exactly. -- By Ryan McKee


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    Bob Saget
    Played: Danny Tanner

    Then: As a stand-up comic, he introduced himself to America on HBO's '9th Annual Young Comedians Special' by joking, "I just married my girlfriend of seven years. That's her age, I'm going to jail." In 1987, ABC hired Saget for 'The Morning Program,' a show that awkwardly mixed news with comedy and became an industry joke. Luckily, 'Full House' began and he could jump into Danny Tanner's skin. No one seemed to notice the character was the antithesis of his dirty stage act.



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    Bob Saget
    Played: Danny Tanner

    Now: The Philadelphia native, now 53, is arguably the most successful 'FH' alum (not counting the Olsens' net worth). After missteps directing 'Dirty Work' and starring in the sitcom 'Raising Dad,' Saget hit stand-up with a renewed, filthy vigor. After raunchily memorable cameos in 'Half Baked,' 'Entourage' and 'The Aristocrats,' Saget became a top touring act. He produced the 'March of the Penguins' spoof 'Farce of the Penguins' (with voice work from former co-stars Jodie Sweetin, Dave Coulier, Lori Loughlin and John Stamos) and Comedy Central Roasted him last year. Currently he's the narrator of 'How I Met Your Mother' and stars in the probably soon-to-be-canceled sitcom 'Surviving Surburbia.'



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    John Stamos
    Played: Jesse Katsopolis

    Then: In the early '80s, Stamos became Blackie Parrish on 'General Hospital,' garnered a Daytime Emmy nomination and wooed female viewers for two years. The short-lived sitcom 'You Again?' followed, and then rock-n-roller Uncle Jesse was born. Writers agreed to change the character's last name from Cochran to Katsopolis to reflect Stamos' Greek heritage. He also started jamming with the Beach Boys, which set up later guest-star appearances by the band and Uncle Jesse's brief music stardom with Jesse and the Rippers.



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    John Stamos
    Played: Jesse Katsopolis

    Now: The 45-year-old Stamos is still living his musical dreams. He's appeared in the Broadway productions 'How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,' 'Cabaret,' 'Nine' and just announced he'll star in the upcoming revival of 'Bye Bye Birdie.' While he's been busy, 2005 was his most hectic year: divorcing Rebecca Romijn, starring in 'Jake in Progress,' a sitcom about an eligible bachelor who just can't commit (art imitating life?) and joining the cast of 'ER' as Tony Gates. Recently, he acted as roast master and skewered Bob Saget on his Comedy Central Roast.



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    Dave Coulier
    Played: Joseph "Joey" Gladstone

    Then: This hockey enthusiast began as a stand-up comic and voice actor. He recorded voices for 'The Jetsons,' 'Scooby Doo' and 'Yogi Bear' before being cast as Danny's live-in bromance. Playing a comedian in the show, Joey used his nightclub act to entertain Danny's daughters with Bullwinkle impressions, Popeye quotes and the old "Cut It Out" routine. Through the 'Full House' run, he continued doing voiceover work, playing Peter Venkman on 'The Real Ghost Busters' cartoon series.



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    Dave Coulier
    Played: Joseph "Joey" Gladstone

    Now: These days Coulier, 49, can be heard voicing various characters for 'Robot Chicken' and taking Rick Moranis' place in 'Bob & Doug,' a cartoon spin-off of 'Strange Brew.' He's continued performing stand-up, his squeaky clean act being the antithesis to Saget's routine, and has hosted a number of clips shows, including 'The World's Funniest Videos,' 'America's Funniest People' and 'Animal Kidding.' Reality TV sucked him into a season of 'The Surreal Life' and 'Skating With Celebrities,' as Nancy Kerrigan's partner. After meeting Alanis Morissette at a hockey game in 1992, the two dated for a while. Tabloids have outed him as the possible 'Mr. Duplicity' in her vitriolic song 'You Outta Know.'



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    Candace Cameron
    Played: DJ Tanner

    Then: Following in the footsteps of her famous older brother, Kirk, Candace started appearing in guest roles on 'Punky Brewster,' 'St. Elsewhere' and 'Who's the Boss.' During her stint as Donna Jo Tanner, the eldest, level-headed daughter, she also played Sally Field's daughter in the film 'Punchline' and Eric Stoltz's younger sister in 'Some Kind of Wonderful.'



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    Candace Cameron
    Played: DJ Tanner

    Now: After appearing in a number of TV movies, including 'No One Would Tell' alongside Fred Savage, Cameron, now 33, took a hiatus from acting to raise a family. Dave Coulier had introduced her to Russian NHL player Valeri Bure and the two were married in 1996. By 2002, they had three children. Cameron has returned to acting, co-starring alongside Randy Travis in the Christian film 'The Wager.' She's fondly looked back on her child-stardom in 'I Love the '80s' and '50 Cutest Child Stars: All Grown Up.' A fundamentalist Christian like her brother, the actress will show up in more religious productions like the upcoming 'To the Wall' with Stephen Baldwin.



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    Jodie Sweetin
    Played: Stephanie Tanner

    Then: As the story goes, the original script called for only two daughters, but producers added the role of "Stephanie" after seeing Sweetin's audition. So at age 5, Sweetin began growing up in front of America as the high-pitched, precocious middle Tanner daughter. She even had her own catchphrase, "How rude," which inspired a generation of girls to call their parents rude whenever they didn't get their way.



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4. 'The Shield'
Danny Gallagher at TV Squad sums it up perfectly: "[The finale was] one of the better and tighter closures to a long-time dramatic television series that still leaves just enough a mystery to let you carve your own future for Mackey and company." Don't ruin a good thing.

5. 'MacGyver'
It could be cool if they gritted MacGyver up, made him more of an agent in the Bourne and Bond mold. But let's face it: The track record for '80s shows turned movies? Epic fail.




It's not impossible for TV shows to become good movies, if the circumstances are right. Here are five that could maybe work:
• 'Chuck' -- Its blend of action, intrigue, comedy and romance screams movie!
'Deadwood' -- F@%# those HBO c$#*%^~kers, who totally lied about producing two telefilms to wrap up the series. The show already looked cinematic and the movie landscape is crying out for a good Western.
'Pushing Daisies' -- Another show that already looks better than most movies, and the Ned/Chuck would make one of the cutest romantic comedy duos ever.
'Veronica Mars' -- Series creator Rob Thomas and star Kristen Bell must be on board. But the show's mystery-of-the-week format could easily translate to the big screen, and Thomas already has a concept ready to go.
• 'The Wire' -- Two words: Omar's story.


Sound off: Which TV shows do you hope never get adapted as movies, and which do you think could work on the big screen?

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