The CW Is Adapting ‘The Notebook’ Now, For Some Reason

The CW is looking for its next hit, and to find it, they’re coming through the works of Nicholas Sparks.

Yes, The CW is adapting The Notebook, the bestselling Nicholas Sparks novel that was turned into a hit film in 2004 with Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Naturally, this version won’t feature those two stars, but this TV adaption will focus on the characters they played, as it appears we’re getting a complete retelling of the love story of Noah and Allie. Of course, how they drag this story out over multiple seasons, in the event that it’s a hit, is anyone’s guess. Frankly, the movie seemed like it said everything the book had to say in its two-hour runtime, so I’m not really sure how they plan on extending this unless they make up a bunch of storylines, or just protract the ones that are already there. Hell, I wouldn’t be surprised if they ended up delving into the plot of the sequel, The Wedding, which follows Noah and Allie’s daughter.

Oh wait, that’s right. They can’t get into the events of The Wedding, because this version of the story will be leaving out the elderly versions of Noah and Allie altogether.

“I don’t believe we’re going to see the older couple—what they become,” The CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “But things change [in development]. I’m thrilled Nick Sparks wanted to do it at The CW.”

The CW Is Adapting 'The Notebook' Now, For Some Reason

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Seriously, what the hell? The frame story is half the damn book, and the romance between Noah and Allie is actually made far more emotional by the narrative device of an old man sitting with his Alzheimer’s-stricken wife and telling her their love story in the hopes she’ll remember. Take that out, and I genuinely feel as though you lose a lot of the story’s tearjerking potential. But I suppose The CW is diametrically opposed to old people taking center stage on their shows.

Anyway, the official logline for the series has been released, and you could be forgiven for thinking this is just the logline from the movie: “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.”

If picked up to series, Nicholas Sparks will serve as executive producer alongside his literary agent Theresa Park, while Todd Graff (Joyful Noise) will write and produce.

Ultimately, I’ll reserve final judgment on the series until we actually see a pilot or something. That said, there are any number of Nicholas Sparks novels that probably would have made for a better TV series (or at least a more natural adaptation) than this, since I’m not sure if The Notebook can work as a TV series any better than it did as a movie. Seriously, the movie was great, to such an extent that I’m not really sure what the point is with this. Why remake a movie that was already the perfect encapsulation of youth appeal and emotional resonance? That’d be like remaking She’s All That! Wait…what? SERIOUSLY? Ugh…

What do you think of The CW adapting The Notebook? Sound off in the comments!

And for more on The CW from TCA Press Tour, check out our report on the latest casting news for The Flash, as the series has found its Wally West!

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