Television is considered by many to be a polar opposite of theatre—but that hardly means the two can't intermingle. In fact, seeing some of our favorite shows embodied by some of our most-prized television characters can make for some thrilling television.
Here are some of our favorite times the stage went to screen.
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HBO’s world of maniacal robots kicked off with a second season opener that did a notable job of setting the stage for what is bound to be a very engaging ten episodes. At the heart of it all are Bernard Lowe, Robert Ford’s creation used to immortalize his partner, Arnold; Dolores Abernathy, who appears to be undergoing an identity crisis; Maeve Millay, who recently discovered her confusing place in the world; and William, the Man in Black who is sent out on his own game.
As fascinating as it is to watch each of these characters come into their own and discover Ford’s plan (even after his death), one appeal of Westworld season two was that viewers were going to get the opportunity to see another of Delos Destinations’ creations - Shogun World.
The introduction of Negan in The Walking Dead’s sixth season polarized viewers, leaving a noticeable divide between the very vocal crowd that wants him to perish in the season finale and those hoping to see him return in season nine. Now that the show is reaching the end of the “All Out War” storyline, one side will get what they have been hoping for.
It’s not uncommon for the Ghost Adventures crew to visit places not necessarily known to the public. The location’s haunted history may be more subdued or, at least until Zak Bagans and company arrive, kept under wraps. That’s far from the case for their latest haunted journey, which takes them into the Old Gila County Jail and Courthouse of Globe, AZ. The 20th-century jail is known not just to locals in Gila County but also to well-versed paranormal investigators. In fact, it’s such a popular hot spot for the supernatural that the old building is used during the Halloween season as an attraction.
During the Ghost Adventures investigation, though, all showmanship is set aside to let the jail’s real history shine. Jails, especially those of an earlier era, aren’t known for their bright and happy nature. Beyond the trauma experienced by some of the inmates fearing for their lives, jails, like the Old Gila County Jail, are often riddled with stories of murder and death. When it comes to the Old Gila jail, plenty in its past would warrant the possible presence of spirits.
After a ten year hiatus, TLC’s Trading Spaces returned on April 7 to record ratings. The unique home design show drew in 2.8 million total viewers, putting it in the number one spot for the evening. With ratings like that, it doesn’t seem that the show needs to start pulling gimmicks, but for its second episode, the designers are stepping aside and letting carpenters Ty Pennington and Carter Oosterhouse take the reigns.
Typically relegated to bringing the designer’s creations to life, Pennington and Oosterhouse have yet to take over the interior planning when it comes to paint color, overall aesthetic, and room theme. As the preview shows, the homeowners don’t seem to have too much faith in Pennington’s design skills, and based on his history, their hesitation may be warranted.
For reasons that likely have much to do with the current political and social climates, people are clamoring for 90’s and early 2000’s nostalgia. Where this is most evident is on television and streaming networks that have brought back classics like Roseanne, Full House, Mystery Science Theater 3000, X-Files, and Trading Spaces with new seasons. Though rebooting or renewing older television shows have become a popular means of satiating the growing love for nostalgia, sometimes it’s just a matter of giving old productions an outlet for easier viewing. February 2018, Amazon catered to lovers of 90’s TV by adding all 45 episodes of FOX's Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction to its streaming library.
Initially hosted by James Brolin and later by Star Trek: The Next Generation star Jonathan Frakes, Beyond Belief’s episodes focused on five stories and charged the audience with determining which were fake and which were true. The concept garnered a cult following that, like shows like Mystery Science Theater 3000, showed plenty of support for the series' return. With Amazon picking up the original production, it raises the question of whether or not there’s a future for the anthology show. Unfortunately, however, FOX or even Amazon have made no mention of a possible reboot and Frakes has been hard at work directing several episodes of Seth MacFarlane's Orville and reliving his days aboard the USS Enterprise through sci-fi conventions.