Will 'The Notebook' TV Series Star Rachel McAdams & Ryan Gosling? There Are Few Others Who Could Be Noah & Allie
BRB, I'm sighing, pining, and making immediate plans to watch The Notebook again. In case you haven't heard, there's a The Notebook TV series in the works at the CW, and, though I'm still trying to work out exactly what the plot of such a show would be, there are more important concerns on my mind. Namely, what are the chances that Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling will reprise their Notebook roles for the TV series? Offhand, I would say "pretty low," since Gosling is pretty busy with the whole being a dad and an amazingly talented movie star thing. Sure, the show hasn't even been greenlit yet, so we won't have to worry about this for a while — if it ever goes to series at all — but I am the kind of person who likes to think ahead. And all I can think about is an even more grown up Noah and Allie (not that all the way grown up, SOB) played as they were originally played.
According to Entertainment Weekly, The Notebook TV 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." So, basically, it's a romantic, dramatic period piece — just like the original movie. So why not try and draw in the original actors as well? We already know that McAdams can rock a TV role when she wants to, being that she just starred on True Detective, but what about Gosling? He hasn't been a main character on a TV show since Young Hercules was cancelled after one season in 1999.
Of course, there's a huge draw for Gosling in joining a TV series at this point in his career. After all, he's a new father with an adorable daughter at home. Films require a lot of traveling, numerous different locations, and the likelihood that he will rarely be in the same time zone as his family. On the other hand, being a regular on a TV series that would be a huge hit if it could land the original actors would result in him being in the same shooting location all the time, making it easier for him to see his family whenever he wanted to. (You know, provided they shoot in America.) It might offer more stability, paycheck-wise, than the uncertainty of his next film role, and, really, the main drawback might be that he could get bored playing the same character over and over again until infinity. After all, it's not like they could just recast Noah if he wanted out of his contract.
Realistically speaking, we'll have completely different actors portraying the characters we've come to know from the film if it ever makes it all the way to a pilot order. Gosling is likely expensive to book, and hasn't seemed to be interested in doing TV work for quite some time. Then again, I thought McAdams was the same way until she starred in True Detective — which she might have only done because it was more like a mini-series than a full series commitment. I guess if we want to see Noah and Allie as they originally were in The Notebook, we'll just have to watch the movie again. But if we're ready to see their story continue, even if they don't look exactly the same as we remember them, then our fate is in the hands of the CW to make it happen for us.
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