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The Corrections: Coming To A TV Near You

Let’s hope HBO can do justice to Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections, which has begun casting for an upcoming HBO series.

According to Franzen, Chris Cooper and Dianne West have been cast as the Lambert parents, and casting continues for the role of the kids. A few years ago, names like Tim Robbins, Brad Pitt, and Cate Blanchett were mentioned as possible actors in a potential movie. But those guys are probably too old these days. And now Entertainment Weekly says Ewan McGregor has been cast as Chip.

Franzen says the series will cover a lot of new material. “I’m coming back to the book as a stranger, essentially twelve years after I wrote it, and I’m filling in blanks that were deliberately blanks, but I’m having the pleasure of filling them in,” he said.

When asked if the show would be linear or include flashbacks, Franzen was dodgy: “I think it’s going to be a different kind of pleasure than whatever shows are out there. That’s why I’m involved with the project. It’ll be like no TV I’ve ever seen.”

Unlike any other TV shows? Interesting.

The Corrections was an excellent novel (read my review), and my hope is that Franzen will make sure the TV series meets that standard. I don’t have HBO, but I’ll have to find some way to watch this once it airs. From what I’ve read, no word yet on when the show starts.

Thoughts on The Corrections as a TV series? If you’ve read it, do you think it will translate well to the screen?

Source: New York Magazine 

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  1. I can promise you I will not be watching. My opinion -> The story and characters are both boring and predictable. That said, the show is likely to do well. For my drama tastes, give me April and Frank Wheeler!

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    December 7, 2011
    • I guess we disagree on this one. Parts of it were a little dry, but I thought the parents’ story and Chip’s story were very well done.

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      December 7, 2011
      • It’s a bit of a relative thing too. With a few exceptions (Tropic of Cancer/Lolita come to mind), the books on the Time list are excellent for the reasons they were put on the list in the first place. I was bored by the story of The Corrections, but that does not make it a bad book. In much the same way you disliked the writing in Neuromancer but its story was so cutting edge and prophetic making it a good book worthy of the list.

        Just my thoughts.

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        December 8, 2011
  2. I loved the book, so I hope the TV show is just as good. I haven’t paid for HBO since Six Feet Under, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos went off the air, but this show might just make me order it again. I originally heard Anthony Hopkins’ name thrown around, so it’s kind of disappointing to hear he won’t be involved, but oh well.

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    December 7, 2011
    • I had heard about Hopkins too. Bummer.

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      December 7, 2011
  3. HBO seems to be going to both ends of the spectrum with the recent announcement that they have the rights to the works of William Faulkner for adaptation and now I hear that they will be adapting Jonathan Franzen’s The Corrections as if it too had merit.

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    SideNote: Robert, the font size and font you use for the side-bar (Top Posts, Archives, Categories, etc.) is breaking up at the presentation level in many computer environments and the characters are often impossible to read. I can actually switch between readability, although requiring magnification and a squint, and non-readability just by scrolling the page. The font is so small that it alters depending on the display line.

    I know it’s tempting to cram as much content in there as possible, but if it isn’t generally readable by the public, it’s a waste. Can you perhaps change to a larger and more readable font? (Make sure it’s a font and font size that exist in the font structure and not one that has to be spoofed). You might even consider pull-down menus if space is a premium.

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    December 7, 2011
    • I’m not having that problem. Font is actually quite large on my screen. What browser do you use?

      If anyone else reads this comment and has this problem, let me know. I’ve been to my site on both PC and Mac and haven’t noticed the font being small or any readability problems. But if it’s an widespread issue, I need to address it.

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      December 7, 2011
  4. Whaaaa?? At first it seems strange and annoying that they are adapting it to TV, but when I hear Franzen is involved, I get a little more hopeful. I LOVED this book, probably because of all the cringe-inducing moments. Nothing makes for squirmy television like second-hand embarrassment. Wouldn’t mind checking it out!

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    December 7, 2011
    • I’m interested in seeing the parts that he left out. I think the series couldn’t definitely fill in some gaps and explain more.

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      December 7, 2011
  5. Using Chrome I get a larger overall representation of the page but the breakup of the small font is still evident. Under most circumstances I use Safari for the Macintosh. It’s important to remember that fonts are rendered on the screen based the client and although they may look fine at the server end, they may differ greatly when the page appears on the reader’s screen.

    I’ve noticed more than one instance where an application will automatically make adjustments creating unintended results. I get this a lot on the automatic spell checking (type a word wrong and the auto-check corrects it so fast you didn’t even know you mistyped and the spelling program leaves you with an unwanted word that isn’t flagged any more). I believe WordPress functions like this in many ways.

    Notice that on some fill-in type documents, especially those using the Adobe engine, the entry you type is scaled down in font size to have it fit in the space provided. Although this is generally only done at the presentation level, there are instanced where it is maintained with the document. This sort of automatic scaling can cause unintended problems too.

    And, as you recognize, the final results will depend on the browser the reader uses as well as the computer, the operating system, the screen size, the video driver, and probably many other things. The original intent of HTML was to make everything generic and let the client process the presentation as best fitted the computer system it was being read on. Of course we’re a long way from that universality and companies like Microsoft are always introducing their own internally compatible features that move their products further away from international standards.

    Google Chrome and Apple’s Safari are probably two of the better browsers to use to test for standards compatibility. Avoid anything made by Microsoft.

    http://mdparker46.com

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    December 7, 2011
  6. Siuon #

    The interview mentions nothing about how deep Johnathan Franzen will be involved in this project and whether Johnathan will write the script. It is interesting, if he adapts his own book, to see how he translates it into images.

    HBO has a track record of adding new characters when adapting fictions (e.g. Game of Thrones), I am wondering whether they will add one new character or two to The Corrections.

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    December 7, 2011

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