Top 5 TV action shows that became big screen movies
By James Whittington, Sunday 22nd April 2018

When your favourite TV series is deemed a success by the networks they usually get a spin off series and every now and again, even a big screen version. These are now few and very far between so Hollywood has looked to TV hits from the past to re-invent or as they like to say, re-imagine these classics and bring the idea to a new audience.

Here’s out top movies that were inspired by TV shows. Do you have a favourite and which classic shows would you like to see given a new lease of life in the cinema?

5: The Avengers
No, not the one from the Marvel Universe but one based on a classic 1960s TV spy series which featured a suave bowler hat wearing gent named Steed and over the course of six series a selection of female side-kicks. It made stars of Patrick Macnee, Dianna Rigg and Honor Blackman and though it started off straight forward enough each series became more and more surreal reflecting the fashions and ideals of the era. The big screen version came in 1998 and was unfairly slaughtered by the critics. The film was hidden away when released and heavily edited which made some of the plot slightly confusing. Hopefully, in time a director’s cut will be released.

4: The A-Team
Created by Stephen J. Cannell and Frank Lupo and making a global star of Mr T (real name Laurence Tureaud fact fans) who played B.A. Baracus, The A-Team was a series with so much action it had to be censored during its initial run. Following the team of a special forces unit who had been court martialled for a crime they didn’t commit it was an adrenaline packed hour of stunts and catch-phrases. The 2010 movie version was just as energetic and like the Starsky & Hutch movie (See below) had a large injection of comedy. It didn’t set the box-office on fire but gave us a new Baracus played by Quinton Jackson.

3: Starsky & Hutch
With their red Ford Torino with its white flash on the side, Starsky & Hutch were the coolest cops of the 1970s. Played by Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul (pictured above) they cracked crime with the help of their informant Huggy Bear (Antonio Fargas). For the 2004 movie their roles were taken over by Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson and Snoop Dogg and it played as a sort of prequel to the TV series. With more gags and more action, the movie did retain the heart of the series and although it never turned into a series of adventures, it was a noble effort.

2: Star Trek - The Original Series
Without doubt the most famous TV series to reach cinemas is Star Trek but it’s not number one in our list as we won’t be counting movies that contain any of the original cast as stars. Star Trek: The Original Series ran from 1966 to 1969 and launched its first movie in 1979. It had a very successful run but when J.J. Abrams was given the job of bringing the series back to life in 2009 he gave us a crew that reflected the series but also gave that all-important extra dimension. The new versions of the classic crew are examples of perfecting casting, especially Zachary Quinto who plays Mr Spock in the most logical way, in fact his performance is fascinating.

1: Mission: Impossible
Without doubt the most successful action series to have longevity in its re-imagining must be the Mission: Impossible movies. Based on the cult classic (catch it now on CBS Action) which ran from 1966 till 1973 which focused on Jim Phelps (Peter Graves) who leads his IMF team who use innovative technology to crack international espionage. Tom Cruise took the IMF team to the screen in 1996 and been there ever since with a sixth movie, Mission: Impossible – Fallout being released July of this year. The movies capture the essence of the original and though have far bigger budgets have done the impossible and kept the spirit of the series alive.

Ride to Dodge with CBS Action
Posted on Tuesday 24th April 2018

Marshall Matt Dillon is responsible for bringing law and respectability to Dodge City in the classic western action-drama, Gunsmoke which became one of the longest running prime time drama series in television history.

In season 14, Dillon finds himself in the revengeful hands of a half-crazed widower who plans to hunt Dillon down and kill him to revenge the death of his son, a wanted murderer; Dillon is captured and held for ransom by five bank robbers he has been pursuing; and Doc and pretty saloon owner Lyla Ross find themselves virtual slaves when they are kidnapped by a band of former Confederate officers-turned-outlaws.

Season 14 of Gunsmoke rides onto CBS Action on May 7th.

Accept this Mission if you dare
Posted on Saturday 7th April 2018

With its combination of Cold War villains and James Bond-like techno-gadgets, Mission: Impossible was an instant hit when it premiered on September 17, 1966.

This month you get the chance to see the series in its prime with both Seasons 3 and 4 showing.

In season 3, working against time lest their man break under questioning, Jim Phelps and his crew attack from within by having Cinnamon pose as head of the prison system. Meanwhile, Barney and Willy let themselves be imprisoned to seek a way around the security safeguards devised by the ruthless prison commandant (Lloyd Bochner).

In season 4, the IMF plays a dangerous charade in its race with two rivals who are pledged to kill the rebel pries...

Top 5 TV western series
Posted on Sunday 18th March 2018

Yeeeehaaaaaa! Howdy pardners and welcome to my list of them thar greatest TV western serials of all time!! Ahem, sorry about that!

TV in the early days was a goldmine for fans of the western genre. There were so many families to choose from that were battling the elements of the wild, wild west that it was hard to choose a favourite. Let us help you…

5: The Little House on the Prairie
OK, not the most hard-hitting, gun-slinging series of all time (initially), but this gentle reminder of days gone by based on the books by Laura Ingalls Wilder about her childhood in the late 1800s had us tuning in in our millions. Running from 1974 to 1983 Melissa Gilbert won the key...

Want some Action this March? You got it!
Posted on Tuesday 27th February 2018

March, a time for changes as the nights get longer ad the days warmer. But the more things change the more it stays the same and that's just how we like it here at CBS Action as we continue to bring you some of the best action-packed drama the USA has to offer.

Let's first look to Horatio and his team at The Miami-Dade Crime Scene Investigators, known to us as CSI: Miami. Season 5 starts weekdays at 5pm from March 13th where Horatio and Delko go to Brazil to avenge Marisol's death. Also the CSIs enter the high stakes world of modelling when a male model is murdered, and a celebrity murder during an A-list party leads the CSIs to uncover a counterfeit ring producing hundred dollar bills.

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Top 5 Cinema Tough Guys
Posted on Monday 19th February 2018

The 1980s were a boom time for the all-action tough-guys in cinema. From Arnie to Sly they packed out theatres and took our breaths away with more punches per minute than Ali in his prime. To celebrate our very own action-packed nights Fridays at 11pm, here’s our very own tough guy top 5.

5. Jean-Claude Van Damme
"The Muscles from Brussels", the man with the most famous mullet of all time, JCVD, or to give him his full name Jean-Claude Camille François Van Varenberg, is a martial arts master who brought his magic to the big screen with the help of Chuck Norris who got him a small role in Missing In Action in 1984. The rest is history. His signature 360 kick lead to a roster of high-octane flicks including Cyborg (1989), Double Impact (1991) and teamed up with Dolph Lundgren for Universal Soldier in 1992. Though after a turn on Friends saw his career dive a bit he’s...

Will February 13th be unlucky for the NCIS: LA team?
Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018

NCIS: LA is a drama about the high-stakes world of a division of NCIS that is charged with apprehending dangerous and elusive criminals, who pose a threat to the nation’s security. By assuming false identities and utilising the most advanced technology, this team of highly trained agents goes deep undercover, putting their lives on the line in the field to bring down their targets.

Watch out, the next few lines contains spoilers!

At the close of the second season, Hetty had mysteriously disappeared, and the team had uncovered her whereabouts. Season 3 begins with a rescue attempt that ultimately reveals information about Callen and his family.

NCIS: LA weekdays at 1...

High-tech homicide heroics in February with CSI: Miami
Posted on Wednesday 24th January 2018

David Caruso is back with his suit and shades as Horatio Caine in the nerve-shredding series CSI: Miami throughout February. Yes, when the heat is on and the bullets fly, Caine keeps his cool behind his trademark eye-wear and style.

The Miami-Dade Crime Scene Investigators also consist of ballistics expert Calleigh Duquesne (Emily Procter), cocky-yet-disarming investigator Tim Speedle (Rory Cochrane), underwater recovery expert Eric Delko (Adam Rodriguez), no-nonsense medical examiner Alexx Woods (Khandi Alexander), and Lt. Yelina Salas (Sofia Milos).

In season 4, Horatio and the CSI team face off with Miami’s deadly Mala Noche gang, a family boating accident reveals a sinister plot by grift...

Dr Sloan will see you now! Well, weeknights at 7pm!
Posted on Sunday 7th January 2018

You like you drama to have some medical twists to it and some warm bedside manner? We have just the thing on CBS Action as Diagnosis Murder Season 6 plays this month.

Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) is the Chief of Internal Medicine at Community General Hospital and often offers the LAPD medical consultation in their toughest cases. He solves these mysteries with the help of the recently promoted Lieutenant Detective Steve Sloan, his son (Barry Van Dyke).

Throughout the series, Dr. Sloan is not only assisted by his son, but also by his friend Norman Briggs (Michael Tucci) who works as a hospital administrator, medical examiner and pathologist Dr. Amanda Bentley (Victoria Row...

Go back to the start with Missing In Action 2: The Beginning
Posted on Thursday 4th January 2018

Recall those glory days of Blockbuster video and having to rewinding your VHS tapes for fear of a fine and wallow in tough-guy nostalgia Sunday 7th January with Chuck Norris and Missing In Action 2: The Beginning.

A prequel to the all-time classic Missing in Action, this is the story of Braddock's (Norris) time spent in a P.O.W. camp in Vietnam long after the war ended, and how he and his comrades manage to escape.

Missing In Action 2: The Beginning starts at 9pm this Sunday.

Mission: Impossible
Saturday 2 June
7.00 PM
Diagnosis Murder
Friday 1 June
6.00 PM
Saturday 2 June
6.00 PM