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What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Lately I've noticed there are a ton of shows that have the same title as a film. Off the top of my head Hannibal / Parenthood / Murder in the First / Fargo / Face Off... I'm sure I missed a bunch. I haven't seen any of them. Are most of them unrelated to the movie of the same name?
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

I've noticed too. And also puns of movie titles. Homage I guess.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by JZ1276 View Post
Lately I've noticed there are a ton of shows that have the same title as a film. Off the top of my head Hannibal / Parenthood / Murder in the First / Fargo / Face Off... I'm sure I missed a bunch. I haven't seen any of them. Are most of them unrelated to the movie of the same name?
What else should Fargo have been called?
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by JZ1276 View Post
Lately I've noticed there are a ton of shows that have the same title as a film. Off the top of my head Hannibal / Parenthood / Murder in the First / Fargo / Face Off... I'm sure I missed a bunch. I haven't seen any of them. Are most of them unrelated to the movie of the same name?

Hannibal -- Based on Red Dragon book. Unrelated to the feature film.

Parenthood -- Loosely based on the feature film. All new characters.

Murder in the First -- Just shares the same title. Unrelated to the feature film

Fargo -- Only shares the same name. Unrelated to the feature film except a Producing credit to the Coen Brothers

Face Off -- Make up special effects reality show on Syfy. Totally unrelated to the movie.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Hannibal -- Based on Red Dragon book. Unrelated to the feature film.

Parenthood -- Loosely based on the feature film. All new characters.

Murder in the First -- Just shares the same title. Unrelated to the feature film

Fargo -- Only shares the same name. Unrelated to the feature film except a Producing credit to the Coen Brothers

Face Off -- Make up special effects reality show on Syfy. Totally unrelated to the movie.
In the case of Fargo, it does pick up a pretty big plot point from the movie.

For murder in the first and Face Off, those were common terms before the films used them as titles.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

With so many shows out there, associating your program with a well known film brings more attention then you'd otherwise receive.

Like, if A&E said: "Hey, come watch our new mystery show!" I would have been, "Sounds boring. No thanks." When they said: "Hey, come watch our show inspired by Psycho!" I said, "That's sounds awful but now I feel compelled to watch it and see how it turned out."
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
What else should Fargo have been called?
How would I know? Like I said, never seen it.

Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen View Post
With so many shows out there, associating your program with a well known film brings more attention then you'd otherwise receive.

Like, if A&E said: "Hey, come watch our new mystery show!" I would have been, "Sounds boring. No thanks." When they said: "Hey, come watch our show inspired by Psycho!" I said, "That's sounds awful but now I feel compelled to watch it and see how it turned out."
I guess, but it seems like it's a new fad that just started recently.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by Crocker Jarmen View Post
With so many shows out there, associating your program with a well known film brings more attention then you'd otherwise receive.

Like, if A&E said: "Hey, come watch our new mystery show!" I would have been, "Sounds boring. No thanks." When they said: "Hey, come watch our show inspired by Psycho!" I said, "That's sounds awful but now I feel compelled to watch it and see how it turned out."
True, but at the same time they didn't call it Psycho: The Series, or Pre-Psycho.

I am starting to worry about show titles. NBC has a show this fall called Bad Judge. This is after Bad Teacher (another movie title) failed on CBS.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
What else should Fargo have been called?
Bemidji

But that looks less appealing on an advert.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Oh I thought he meant show episode names.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

There's a show on the Revolt channel called "The Breakfast Club." It's some radio show from New York or something. It successfully tricked me into selecting it from the guide a couple of times, thinking it was the movie.
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Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Hannibal -- Based on Red Dragon book. Unrelated to the feature film...
Actually, while Red Dragon is the only book listed in the credits, the show is based on all the Hannibal Lector books except for Silence of the Lambs. Season 2 of Hannibal used some characters from the Hannibal book & film.

I think the similarity of shows and movie titles has always been there. I remember when growing up, getting confused between the film 48 Hours and the long-running CBS news magazine of the same name.
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Originally Posted by Shannon Nutt View Post
Bemidji

But that looks less appealing on an advert.
Lol, Fargo the movie wasn't called Brainerd either, although it sounds more like a Coen brothers name.

Wasn't there another Murder in the First show by Bochco as well?
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Friday Night Lights is based on the movie of the same name and the movie was a remake of Varsity Blues.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

10 Items or Less (TV show) - premiered on November 27th, 2006
10 Items or Less (unrelated movie) - opened in the US on December 1st, 2006
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by johnnysd View Post
Wasn't there another Murder in the First show by Bochco as well?
You're probably thinking of Murder One, a 1995 Bocho show:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_One_(TV_series)

Originally Posted by Goat3001 View Post
Friday Night Lights is based on the movie of the same name and the movie was a remake of Varsity Blues.
Friday Night Lights the movie was based on a 1990 book of the same name:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_...m,_and_a_Dream
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Originally Posted by Jay G. View Post

Friday Night Lights the movie was based on a 1990 book of the same name:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Friday_...m,_and_a_Dream
Varsity Blues was also based on the same book, even if it's not acknowledged officially.

Probably still wouldn't call FNL the movie a remake of Varsity Blues.
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Originally Posted by Obi-Wan Jabroni View Post
Varsity Blues was also based on the same book, even if it's not acknowledged officially.

Probably still wouldn't call FNL the movie a remake of Varsity Blues.
Yeah, Varsity Blues is not officially based off the book, but people have suggested it is.

Actor Ron Lester said in this article from earlier this year that MTV couldn't get the rights to the book:
http://www.vh1.com/celebrity/2014-01...5-years-later/
“Varsity Blues is pretty much Friday Night Lights. The only thing is MTV couldn’t get the rights to it.”
People noted the similarity to the book when the movie came out:
http://community.seattletimes.nwsour...7&slug=2942899
At one level, Varsity Blues is a ripoff of the excellent book "Friday Night Lights" of several years ago, a book that examined the obsession of Texas high school football.

So yeah, I don't think you can call an official adaptation a "remake" of a ripoff.
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Originally Posted by DJariya View Post
Hannibal -- Based on Red Dragon book. Unrelated to the feature film.

Parenthood -- Loosely based on the feature film. All new characters.

Murder in the First -- Just shares the same title. Unrelated to the feature film

Fargo -- Only shares the same name. Unrelated to the feature film except a Producing credit to the Coen Brothers

Face Off -- Make up special effects reality show on Syfy. Totally unrelated to the movie.
It is related to the feature film in the sense that the briefcase from the film is connected to the show.
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Originally Posted by Obi-Wan Jabroni View Post
Probably still wouldn't call FNL the movie a remake of Varsity Blues.
I guess I should have thrown in a emoji to show that I was being sarcastic.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

On a similar trend, I keep on thinking "Shark Vs Dyson" is some SHARKNADO ripoff.
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Re: What's with all the shows with movie titles?

Why even ask this question if you have no interest in watching the movie or show to begin with?

But it's simple, you take an already established franchise and you work off it.
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Originally Posted by Mondo Kane View Post
On a similar trend, I keep on thinking "Shark Vs Dyson" is some SHARKNADO ripoff.
I'd watch it if it was "Shark vs. Tyson."

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