The CW Is Planning A TV Version Of “The Notebook,” WHY?
Imagine a new take on Nicholas Sparks’ “The Notebook,” starring actors not named Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams, which tells the story of Noah and Allie’s relationship from the point when the couple finally decides to be together post-rainstorm sex – only this time, instead of them grinding at a sloth’s pace, it’s your soul that’s slowly dying because this a CW TV show, there will be no decent sex scenes, and you already know how Noah and Allie meet their depressing end. Like me, you are probably thinking to yourself, WHYYYYYYYYYY?
Seriously, though, this is a show that is actually maybe happening on the CW. Here is the official logline, according to EW:
“This series will follow the romantic journey of the two beloved central characters Noah and Allie, at the outset of their blossoming relationship as they build their lives and their future together against the backdrop of the racial politics, economic inequities, and social mores of post-World War II of the late 1940s in North Carolina.”
So, Allie and Noah, after all the romantic stuff has gone down and they’re just a couple of smug marrieds (with a tragic death in an old folks home on the horizon), tepidly address “serious issues.” I cannot be the only person who balks at the idea of anything Nicholas Sparks-related toiling in issues related to race or economic injustice. Can we not do this please?
Guys, as a “Noteback” fan, I feel like I am allowed to say what we’re all thinking: “The Notebook” is wonderful, but it is also really, really not that great. The film’s enduring popularity is completely tied to the actors who inhabited the roles, and the palpable chemistry between Ryan and Rachel that STILL has fans praying for their reconciliation in real life. Do you think that “The Notebook” would have been as popular if it starred, I dunno, Edward Furlong and Julia Stiles? I think not. This is also why, despite doing well at the box office when they first came out, “Dear John,” “Nights in Rodanthe,” and “The Last Song” are not nearly as eternally popular. That last one starred real-life couple Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth! It was awful!
I’m not saying, however, that a Nicholas Sparks book couldn’t be translated to the small screen, I just think it’s dumb as hell to do it with the one that is his most beloved of all — and not because of the story itself (though the book was popular), but because of the actors involved. They took it to the next level. I would much rather The CW air “The Notebook” movie twice a month.
The show hasn’t been officially greenlit, but I bet it will be, because Hollywood is terrible. [EW]