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'The Notebook' Author Making Inroads Into TV With Three New Dramas THR

Bestselling author Nicholas Sparks has made a major move into television -- following film success with “The Notebook” and "Dear John" -- with three cable drama projects in the works from his Nicholas Sparks Productions, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

At TNT, Sparks' novel "A Bend in the Road" -- the story of a sheriff dealing with a soaring tourist population in a coastal Georgia locale -- is in development with Brandon Camp ("Love Happens") writing and directing.

ABC Family is adapting "The Falls," a Romeo and Juliet variation set in modern times. "One Tree Hill" supervising producer John Norris is collaborating with Sparks on the project.

Sparks’ book "Deliverance Creek" is being set up as a possible series at Lifetime. It's a post-Civil War drama about a woman going to extraordinary lengths to protect her family. Melissa Carter ("Jane by Design") is writing the pilot.

Commenting on the new ventures, Sparks -- who says he's still really a novelist -- told the publication, “It’s a chance to venture into stories I don’t always write about.”