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    It’s Time For Television Romance
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  • Published: Mar 15th, 2008

Television hasn’t quite made it’s return from the writer’s strike. No — it’s not quite there yet. How much more Reality TV must we endure? Obviously, the networks think we haven’t quite had our fill. I urge you again, if you haven’t seen Paddy Chayefsky’s movie “Network”, make it the next movie in your Netflix queue. You’ll be astounded at the foresight of this 1976 film.

Recently I read an article in the trades about a new reality tv show one network is producing- and this is not a joke – I swear – it’s going to be called “America’s Next Top Disabled Model”. Seriously! What – they’ll have Heather Mills throw her leg at another model if she gets pissed off? Are they really lacking for material that they would sink to so low? What about shows like “American Gladiator” or “The Real Desperate Housewives”? Come on people. Then there’s Fox’s “Moment of Truth”, where stooopid people get on tv for money – and say horrible secrets that destroy their families. Clearly the relationship was in trouble, but does the world really need to know this.

I suggest the studios take some hot romances and turn them into TV series. We recently posted a video interview with Lisa Kleypas talking about her her new contemporary series – Sugar Daddy and Blue Eyed Devil. Before Lisa started writing contemporaries – she wrote the amazing Wallflower series — and if you haven’t read them, pick them up. They would make a great series.

If you’re a Buffy or Angel lover – why not the the new Huntress Series by Jeannie Frost?

Christina Dodd’s “Trouble in High Heels” and “Thigh High” would make a terrific romantic comedy who-done its. And I think someone really needs to make a TV mini-series from JR Ward’s Brotherhood Series.

You get my point – There are great writers out there, and their telling great stories — and they should be put on the screen…. If I want reality, I’ll go look in the mirror.

So – What series do you think should be turned into a TV Show?

8 Responses to “It’s Time For Television Romance”

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  1. Vicky
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 10:25 am

    I think Nora Robert’s In Death series would make a great TV show. It would have to be something that has already been long running so that there would be enough content for the shows. I would definitely watch that.


  2. Marisa
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 12:47 pm

    Count me in – if there was an In Death TV show, I’d be right there. Who would you want to play Roarke and Eve?


  3. Buffie
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 12:47 pm

    Maria — you are gonna hate me, BUT I love reality tv. I’m sorry, but I do. I watch tons of them a week. I guess my life is just so “normal” that I get a kick out of seeing those that are not. Yes, I watch The Real Housewives (there’a new one set in NYC this year), Survivor, Fatherhood (that’s Snop’s), Scot Baio is 46 and Pregnant, Rock of Love II (Brett Michaels), Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice (Go Trace!), Big World Little People, and who doesn’t love John and Kate Plus 8 (I’m not quite as controlling as Kate!).

    One series that I think would make a fabulous show is one my inspirational romance writer Dee Henderson. She wrote a series about 6 or 7 adults who grew up in the same orphanage and became their own family, all of them changed their names to one last name, and each sibling took a career that helps people. Each book was how that sibling came to find the love of their life. It would make for a fabulous tv series.


  4. Gannon
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 3:12 pm

    Nora’s In Death series would definitely be my top choice!


  5. Marisa
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 3:29 pm

    Buffie, the Dee Henderson book sounds great, need to get that one.

    I could definitely see Sherilyn Kenyon’s Dark Hunter series as a TV Series.

    And what about Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton Series – a la Masterpiece Theater?


  6. Maria
    on Mar 16th, 2008
    @ 5:24 pm

    Buffie – I could never hate you!!

    I’ve never heard of John and Kate plus 8 – what is that?

    I think that some smart tv producer must already be in negotiations with La Nora for the In Death Series – it makes perfect sense. The series has a built in male and female audience, if well done, it would be a hit.

    Buffie – one last question – do you ever watch scripted tv?


  7. Buffie
    on Mar 17th, 2008
    @ 4:41 pm

    HA — yes, I do watch scripted tv. But with the writers’ strike, it’s been reality tv all the time. I do get my soap opera fix every day though!!

    John and Kate Plus 8 is a wonderful show. True life reality tv. It’s about a couple — John and Kate. They married and had problems having children. After some IV stuff, they were blessed with twin daughters, who are now 7. Then Kate wanted 1 more child. More IV stuff, and out comes SIX children — 3 boys, 3 girls, who are now 3 1/2. Of course the show is about how John and Kate raise 8 children. I laugh, I cry, it is just wonderful. It comes on Monday nights at 9 p.m. on TLC. You should check it out sometime.

    Marisa — the Dee Henderson series is called The O’Malley Series. You should check it out, it’s great.


  8. Keira Soleore
    on Mar 19th, 2008
    @ 7:15 pm

    My money’s on Christina Dodd and her contemp series.

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