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ABC Family Gets 'The Blind Side' Rights

by Danny Gallagher, posted Mar 9th 2010 8:45PM
The poster for A happy story that took home Oscar gold just got a little happier.

Fresh on the heels of Sandra Bullock's Best Actress win, ABC Family has announced that they have purchased the TV rights to 'The Blind Side.' They will air the film starring Bullock, Tim McGraw and Quinton Aaron sometime in 2012.

ABC Cable Network's executive veep Tom Zappala called it "a perfect fit for ABC Family," and I'm inclined to agree. Just don't try and turn it into a TV series remake that lasts longer than the actual time line of the story.
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Young Herchel

I think that if ABC Family doesn't see the tv series potential of 'The Blindside" then who will? BET?

It has the perfect plot elements for ABC Family's target demographic (18-34) and the theatres were fillled with young women who supported this American feel-good-story, more white than black each time I saw it. It could be bigger than 'Fresh Prince of Bel-Air' which was also based on a true story (Jennifer Lopez's manager Benny Medina was the inpiration). It has years of material to delve into : from his hardships as a ward of Child Services to his struggles with peer pressure in the projects before he even got accepted into Briarcrest Christian. The show has infinite potential IMHO when you consider the socio-economic disparity implicit in Micheal Oher's life story as well as the underlying racial issues which were clearly sugar coated in the movie. Throw in high school sports, high school hardships (social and academic) Mega-churches filled with holier-than-thou Southern Christians (some geniune but some hypocritical), Division 1 college recruiting visits and attractive wealthy private school kids (some humble and heart-warming but mostly stuck-up probably) how could this show miss?

March 17 2010 at 2:29 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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