Author Nicholas Sparks to Develop Three Cable Shows

Is there any limit for this New York Times best-selling author?

Nicholas Sparks – who has published 16 books, including those that have been turned into blockbusters like The Notebook and Dear John– is expanding his brand into new territory.

The 46-year-old is going to executive produce shows for three cable networks, along with his longtime literary agent, Theresa Park. The shows were put in development through Nicholas Sparks Productions, the shingle the two started in April, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

TNT will feature one of his shows, a romantic drama based on  Sparks’ novel, A Bend in the Road. It focuses on the relationship between a sheriff in a coastal Georgia town and his second grade son’s teacher. Brandon Camp, who wrote and directed 2009’s Love Happens will team with Sparks on this project.

ABC Family will have The Falls, a modern day take on Romeo and Juliet. John Norris, co-executive producer of Jane by Design, will join forces with Sparks for this show.

Finally, on Lifetime the author is setting up Deliverance Creek, a post-Civil War drama in which a woman will go to extreme lengths to protect her family, while she tries to find the right balance between being good and surviving. For this one, Melissa Carter of 2004’s Little Black Boot, will write the pilot and executive produce.

The author told THR his first priority is writing books and that he’s still a novelist at heart, but TV is appealing to him because of the “collaborative aspects [and the] chance to venture into stories [he doesn’t] always write about.”

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