Though NBC is already developing The Devil's Advocate, Problem Child, Uncle Buck, and Real Genius to series, still the network is proving that there is no depth they won't reach into the DVD bargain bin when looking for shows. Their latest answer to, "Jesus, what now?": a series adaptation of Frequency, 2000's at-best hazily-remembered, loosely sci-fi dramatic thriller that starred Dennis Quaid and Jim Caviezel.
In a way, this isn't all that surprising. Beyond this recent lust for reinventing movies as almost-sure-to-be-canceled broadcast television, NBC has shown a real misguided passion for insanely high-concept series with shows like Awake and Do No Harm, and Frequency certainly fits into that niche. The film's plot involves a long-deceased fireman dad and his now-adult detective son somehow bridging 30 years to communicate by way of ham radio. Through their talks, they manage to not only save the father's life, but go on to foil a serial killer and more. It is, if nothing else, the most exciting thing that has ever been written about ham radios.
The NBC adaptation, however, will reportedly switch it up so that now the father is the homicide detective, an NYPD cop who is vaguely explained to connect with his son 30 years in the future to familiarly "change the history of tragic events to come, while also getting the chance to heal their complicated relationship." Except now there will probably be Twitter--our future's ham radio.