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2013 was perhaps not a stellar year for movies, with a good amount of ideas appeared but weren’t necessarily executed well, but the relationship between the silver and small screens was tightened more than ever before. Sadly, characters that had once graced the small screen like Captain Kirk and Superman disappointed on the big screen while Avengers spin-off Agents Of SHIELD fared no better on the small screen initially.

A lot of this year’s TV came from movies: the adaptation of Sleepy Hollow surprised TV viewers while Sherlock Holmes’ adaption Elementary kept us watching and Teen Wolf created a huge internet fanbase, and the often gruesome Hannibal became cult and Psycho prequel Bates Motel unsettled everyone who tuned in.

It’s not surprising that the TV powers chose to mine the bountiful source offered by the movie world: good movies can be great TV shows, in the same vein that MASH, The Odd Couple, Fame and Parenthood enjoyed success after moving from one medium to the other.

Even bad movies make good TV series like Buffy The Vampire Slayer (so good you forget the film ever existed,) and while some missteps like Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, Timecop, Back To The Future and Uncle Buck  can and do happen, they are but exceptions to a thriving industry.

So, what of 2013′s movies? Which of the releases, both good and bad, have potential to turn them into great TV shows? Read on to find out the ten choices…

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This article was first posted on January 7, 2014