Small Screen Stories: Films Made Into Television Shows
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.