The Notebook CW

The CW Eyes Notebook Adaptation

For how many episodes can a star-crossed couple canoodle in a downpour?

The CW aims to explore that question via a pilot adaptation of The Notebook, the 1996 Nicholas Sparks novel that in 2004 was turned into a beloved motion picture starring Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams.

As reported by, the official logline says the drama will follow the characters of Noah and Allie as they “build their lives and their future together against the backdrop of the racial politics, economic inequities and social mores of post-World War II of the late 1940s in North Carolina.”

Of course, the sweeping romance is famously, heartbreakingly told — SPOILER ALERT? — in flashback, as an elderly Noah (played in the film by James Garner) reads from a journal compiled by Allie, who (played by Gena Rowlands) now suffers from Alzheimer’s.

Sparks, whose shingle is co-producing the project with Warner Bros. TV, will serve as an executive producer, while Todd Graff (Joyful Noise? Bandslam…?) will pen the adaptation.

The Notebook is a very, very well-received book and motion picture,” CW president Mark Pedowitz told reporters Tuesday during the Television Critics Association summer press tour in Beverly Hills. “It is going to be set after World War II. At this point, the pilot is not done. I do not believe we’re going to see the older couple. But things change, and we’re just now in the development stage.”

Ready, set, cast your small-screen versions of Gosling and McAdams! (Hey, who said “Wilson Bethel and Rachel Bilson”?)

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  1. Aleana says:

    I rather they do a series about the The Illusionist

  2. TVLine Fan Girl says:

    Yes to Wilson Bethel and Rachel Bilson!!

  3. Dude says:

    No one will ever separate this from the movie and the movie will always be superior because they’ll never be able to cast actors more perfect than Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. Bad/mediocre movies can be made into good TV shows but good movies or movies that have become ingrained in pop culture, cannot. It’s like making a Mean Girls or Pulp Fiction into a TV show. The original is perfect as-is, why add to it?

  4. Magali says:

    Oh please don’t…

  5. m3rcnate says:

    I think i’d prefer it done in modern times, post Afghan/Iraq wars & have her be black (African American) and use that to deal with racial politics, economic inequities and social mores in North Carolina.
    Come on, tell me that wouldn’t be pretty awesome! The Notebook TV show but a mixed race couple in modern North Carolina, dealing with post Iraq/Afghanistan War times, with the racial and economic issues we are dealing with now with. I’d love that.

    • Ashbash says:

      Is there a way to send this idea to the cw because this sounds like it has potential

      • m3rcnate says:

        Lol thanks, was really proud of myself for thinking of it. Only problem? Its the CW…hell it could be any of the big networks and i’d be worried about how well written it would be. When a show is about romance, and when a show is about racial tensions, the writing has to be ON POINT to not be offensive or insensitive or just straight up a hack-job. I’d love to see it on HBO or Showtime or AMC or USA (Mr. Robot is AMAZING).

    • BrittBrat says:

      That sounds so good!

  6. Allison says:

    Instead of trying this they should have just kept HOD around. At the core it’s kind of the same story, just set in present day instead of the 40’s. I wonder if the CW is regretting their decision to basically become the all syfy network?

  7. jurah says:

    Not sure I love this idea but YES to Rachel Bilson and Wilson bethel!

  8. Allen says:

    hope its shot in the south then. Not some random place in Hollywood or canada.

  9. Nichole says:

    And when the old man is done telling his epic love story, he leaves to go hook up with Robin.

  10. Sburton says:

    Paging Joy Lenz.

  11. Bryan Caron says:

    I have a rule that I watch at least one episode of every show (because you never know what will blow your mind), but due to my self-imposed ban on anything adapted from Nicholas Sparks, if this does happen, unfortunately, I’ll have to break my own rule!

  12. ODRITA says:

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE SOOOO MUCH WILSON BETHEL! Very good actor, very sweet, very funny, very sexy.

  13. tsevca says:

    That movie was nothing more than romantic crap for women. Setting it in 1930s and 1940s doesn´t make it anything else. It could just as well happen to current characters in South America and it would be another telenovela, not original in any way. But after Jane the Virgin, I guess that´s the way CW is heading.