I get daily social media reports telling me what people are buzzing about online in terms of primetime TV watching on any given night. And any time that ABC Family airs the 2004 tearjerker film The Notebook, I can rest assured that I will see it turn up in that report somewhere in the Top 10. Something about that film, its story and its performances has gotten to audiences so much that they still can’t stop tuning in, and certainly can’t stop talking about it (or tweeting about it).
There will be even more to talk, tweet and post about next month for fans of The Notebook when ABC Family airs the world television premiere of the special edition of the film on Nov. 11 at 8pm ET/PT. The movie will include over 10 minutes of deleted scenes, previously only available on the special features of the DVD/Blu-ray. For the first time, those scenes have been edited back into the film, for a smoother viewing experience.
The film is part of the network’s Nicholas Sparks double feature that kicks off at 5:30pm ET/PT with The Last Song, starring Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth.
The Notebook, as I surely don’t have to remind fans, stars Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams. In the 1940s, in Seabrook, North Carolina, teenage debutante Allie Hamilton (McAdams) and local boy Noah Calhoun (Gosling) spend one passionate, carefree summer together and fall deeply in love. But when summer ends, war and duty separate the young couple.
In the present day, an elderly man (James Garner) visits a nursing home to read from his notebook to a woman (Gena Rowlands) whose memory is fading. As he spins a tale of two young lovers with their whole lives before them, the woman relives a long-ago passion that has never died.
The special edition of The Notebook premieres on ABC Family Nov. 11 at 8pm ET/PT.
© 2004 Melissa Moseley, SMPSP/New Line Productions