Marley & Me Series In the Works at NBC

Marley & Me Series

NBC is refusing to let sleeping dogs lie.

The network has given a put-pilot commitment to a single-camera comedy based on the 2008 Jennifer Aniston/Owen Wilson movie Marley & Me, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Penned by Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) and directed by the film’s director David Frankel, NBC’s Marley pilot reportedly picks up where the movie left off, with John and Jenny Grogan moving back to Florida with their three children.

Considering Marley died at the end of the movie — sorry, spoiler alert! — you might be asking yourself, “How could this new series possibly be considered a sequel?” Don’t worry, NBC has an answer; the Grogans apparently take in a stray dog, and because they give it Marley’s old tag and collar, they decide to also name it after their late pal.

So now we have two questions: First, why would a family ever name its new dog after its old, dead one? And second, would you watch this show? Drop a comment with your many, sordid thoughts below.

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  1. Tran says:

    Still couldn’t stand the broadcast TV networks for pitching ideas on TV remakes like Bewitched and movies like Rush Hour coming to the small screen.

  2. herman1959 says:

    Nope, nope, nope!

  3. aa says:

    Who asked for this? Let me guess… no one.

  4. johnhelvete says:

    Every single decent movie will be developed into a TV series eventually (though developed does not mean the show will get on the air). Why not allow writers to, I don’t know, come up with original ideas?

  5. Laura says:

    Ughhhh no thank you.

  6. Emma says:

    Sleeping “does”?

  7. Eric says:

    …..Why? I honestly don’t understand Hollywood. There are SO many talented writers out there, but we continue to get remakes, reboots, and sequels of everything. Now it seems like it’s the new thing to develop TV series out of movies. Can we not think of any original ideas? Can we get some new, talented writers being hired instead of a bunch of hack writers who can’t think of their own ideas so they have to develop a show out of a previously written and successful book/movie? I mean honestly. And networks wonder why every year the ratings drop. Because the majority of the bull they put out is just that: bull. Nothing new, nothing original. I’m hoping this doesn’t actually make it to series. “Marley & Me” wasn’t the most amazing movie in the world, but it was decent, family-friendly movie. I’m tired of seeing decent things get ruined by sequels, reboots, remakes, and TV series developments. Leave things alone, be creative, and think of your own ideas.

  8. Tom says:


  9. Mitchell says:

    Why can’t they just leave the movies and old TV shows alone. Should stop trying to remark old shows or making TV shows out of movies and come up with something new?

  10. Pat says:

    Please NBC, as the old saying goes, “LET SLEEPING DOGS LIE” and that is exactly what you should be doing with this idea of a sequel series, of “Marley & Me”.

  11. David4 says:

    NBC is really looking into making ever “ehh” movie into a show now?

    I’ll pass.

  12. Jenny says:

    Nooooooooooo. Bad idea. Trying to make money off an already epic story. Tsk tsk.

  13. As long as there are no cops, no guns, no car chases, etc., etc., etc., we’ll watch it or at least attempt to watch it. My wife and I are always looking for intelligent programs and NBC, seemingly, is afraid of sponsors so shows that need development are dropped before they have a chance to garner in fans. Lately we’ve been watching a lot of Hallmark channel.

  14. Lore says:

    Yes. not in recent years but yes, my father had a dog called Neron, then we had ours, we had a Pantera, a cat, and now i have a Pantera dog, but im not the only one, what about Snowball Snowball III, and IV

  15. Lee says:

    I know of someone who used the same name for every dog he ever owned. And he loved them all. Just because you wouldn’t do it, it’s still unkind to knock someone who does.

    • Fran says:

      They weren’t knocking anyone who does that- just asking why someone would. It makes me curious too. To me, every pet is unique and should have an individual name. I’m not knocking it either, too each their own.

  16. c says:

    Yes I would watch it provided the acting and script didn’t suck