New Miniseries in Development at Discovery — Project Revisits Material From One of the Highest-Rated Miniseries in TV History

Aug 23, 2013  •  Post A Comment

A new miniseries in development at Discovery may have a familiar feel to it for TV viewers. The Los Angeles Times’ Show Tracker reports that the project is based on the "North and South" trilogy of novels by John Jakes.

The books have previously aired in miniseries format, including when producer David L. Wolper in 1985 created ABC’s "North and South" based on the first book, starring Patrick Swayze and James Read. It’s ranked as the seventh highest-rated miniseries of all time, the story notes.

Installments based on the second and third books aired on ABC in 1986 ("North and South: Book II") and 1994 ("Heaven and Hell: North and South Book III"), with "Book II" doing well while "Book III" was viewed as a disappointment.

"There’s no word on if Discovery is planning to similarly divide its project, or if it plans to try to adapt all three books into one sprawling miniseries," the story notes.

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