Small Screen Stories: Films Made Into Television Shows

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  • Barbershop, Ice Cube
  • Soul Food, Vanessa Williams
  • In The Heat of The Night, Sidney Poitier
  • Rise of The Planet of The Apes
  • Blade, Wesley Snipes
  • Shaft, Richard Roundtree
  • Black Dynamite
  • Friday Night Lights, Derek Luke
  • She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee
  • Fame, Debbie Allen

In the Heat of the Night

When Oscar legend Sidney Poitier slapped a white police chief in the 1967 film classic In the Heat of the Night, many thought it to be a groundbreaking, ballsy (unscripted) move. Producers in Hollywood found it to be a springboard for a 80s buddy cop series. The 1988 drama ran for eight seasons and starred Harold Rollins as Virgil Tibbs, the iconic role made famous by Poitier.

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