Best-selling novelist Nicholas Sparks is set to bring his particular brand of emotionally wrought tragic love stories to the small screen.
The popular author has garnered 16 New York Times best-sellers, including "The Notebook," "A Walk To Remember," and "Dear John," many of which went on to become successful big screen adaptations. Not content to conquer two storytelling mediums, Sparks is now developing three new television series for different networks.
Sparks has pilot commitments at three cable networks through his production company, started back in April with literary agent Theresa Park. The two will act as executive producers on each of the projects.
"A Bend in the Road," based on his novel of the same name, is currently under development at TNT under the guidance of co-creator of Fox's "John Doe" Brandon Camp. The drama revolves around a sheriff of a popular summer tourist town in Georgia and his relationship with his son's second grade teacher.
ABC Family has teamed the author with producer John Norris ("Jane by Design," "One Tree Hill") for "The Falls," a modern re-imagining of the Shakespearean classic "Romeo and Juliet."
Finally, at Lifetime Sparks is developing "Deliverance Creek," a post-Civil War drama about a woman going to extraordinary lengths to protect and provide for her family. The new series, written by Melissa Carter ("Jane By Design," "Little Black Book"), will capitalize on the author's success with female audiences.
What do you think of these new series? "Deliverance Creek" sounds promising, but I'm a sucker for period pieces of any kind. Will Nicholas Sparks find the same success on the small screen as he has had with his big screen adaptations?