Small Screen Stories: Films Made Into Television Shows

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  • She's Gotta Have It, Spike Lee
  • Fame, Debbie Allen
  • 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


Fans couldn't get enough of Coco, Leroy, Doris, Bruno and Ms. Lydia Grant (Debbie Allen) from 1980 song-and-dance classic teenage drama Fame. The film was revised as a TV show in 1982 that lasted six seasons.  We got to revisit those familiar talented high school friends and meet some new ones — including Janet Jackson, who played Cleo. 

(Photo: MGM)

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