The Notebook is getting a TV series

No word yet on Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling's involvement

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The movie either made us sob through entire boxes of tissues or feel ever so slightly nauseous back in 2004 and now, The Notebook is being made into a TV series.

Nicholas Sparks' romantic 1996 novel of the same name will again be the basis for a show on the The CW network, with president Mark Pedowitz confirming to Entertainment Weekly that it is in the early stages of development.

The pilot script is not yet finished, but we do know a few key things so far. Firstly, the series will be set post-World War II and secondly, it will focus solely on the younger version of the couple, played by Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams in the film. Presumably that means none of those harrowing nursing home scenes when Allie has Alzheimer's.

James Garner and Gena Rowland as older Noah and Allie in the movie

Here's the official synopsis: "This series will follow the romantic journey of the two beloved central characters Noah and Allie, at the outset of their blossoming relationship as they built their lives and their future together against the backdrop of the racial politics, economic inequities and social mores of the late 1940s in North Carolina."


Pedowtiz told reporters at the Television Critics Association press tour that he is "thrilled" Nick Sparks wanted to do The Notebook at The CW, where he will serve as co-executive producer with Theresa Park.

Casting and air date details remain unknown at this stage but it's unlikely that Gosling and McAdams will return for a small screen outing, not least because rumour has it they did not get along very well on set.

Regardless, better stock up on the popcorn and tissues sharpish.