A new TV comedy series — inspired by John Grogan’s mega-bestselling “Marley & Me’ book and the 2008 big screen film starring Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson — looks to be heading to NBC.
We’ll have to see if this canine-inspired concept will have the long-running stamina of such TV classics as “Lassie” or “Rin Tin Tin” from a much earlier age.
This new project will have the film’s director, David Frankel, helming the pilot, with Emmy-winning “Sex and the City” writer Jenny Bicks on board to pen the pilot’s script.
The new series will take off sort of where the book and film left off. The Grogans have moved back to Florida so John can resume writing his newspaper column. The family will feature a 16-year-old son, plus 13 and 6 year-old daughters. The family adopts a neighbor’s puppy and decide to call her Marley — using their late, beloved pooch’s tags and leash.
Oh yes, and this new Marley will be just as unruly and rambunctious as the famous first dog bearing that name.