The Brontë sisters (Charlotte, Emily, and Anne) were the Olsen sisters (MK, Ashley, and Elizabeth) of their day. Yes? I’m pretty sure I don’t have to back that up with any reason for saying it because I feel like we’re all on board and no one realizes that I just said it because each of them is a famous family of three sisters and I needed a way to begin talking about this modern-day adaptation. With that said, it only seems logical that instead of coming up with a new idea for a TV show, NBC is just going to adapt Emily’s Wuthering Heights and set it in the Napa Valley and call it Napa! From The Hollywood Reporter:

After seeing four projects go to pilot last year, Greg Berlanti is well on his start this development season.

The prolific producer has sold two dramas to NBC, including a modern take on Wuthering Heights, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Titled Napa, the hourlong drama will be written by The Whole Truth’s Tom Donaghy, who will executive produce alongside Berlanti. Berlanti Television’s Melissa Kellner Berman is on board to co-executive produce the hour, which has received a put-pilot commitment from the network.

Yes yes yes yes yes yes yes. Who doesn’t love a modern take on a classic tortured love story? All that’s left to figure out, as usual, is how to modernize it! Why do they always leave that out of these Hollywood news clips?! I have a few ideas, then you can let me know what yours are.

  • Heathcliff has an iPhone 5 and kind of loves it, but also doesn’t really feel like you NEED to buy one if you already have an iPhone 4S. If you don’t have a 4S, though, you may as well upgrade.
  • Catherine absolutely loves how there is no set “style” right now, as there was in say the ’90s or ’80s or whatever. There are a lot of ideas going around and everyone is kind of doing their own thing and it’s all kind of fun and acceptable, as long as you can ROCK IT. You know? She loves that.
  • Heathcliff is sad to hear that Bon Iver is thinking about calling it quits soon and plays it up around his female friends and down around his male friends.
  • Catherine was an undecided voter for a while but ended up voting for Obama in the 2012 election.
  • Heathcliff absolutely hates the current pop food culture obsession with bacon. He likes it, for sure, but now he kind of feels self conscious about buying or ordering it, because everyone’s always like, “BACONBACONBACONBACON.”
  • Catherine recently got into doing YouTube makeup tutorials.


Comments (42)
  1. The only idea i have: Heathcliff is Mexican instead of (probably) Romani.

  2. At least 2 or 3 Sideways jokes per episode.

    • That took place in the Paso Robles / Santa Barbara appellations of California wine country, not Napa. (Pushes up wine-soaked nerd glasses, goes back to typing on her drunk computer.)

  3. Wuthering Heitz #winejoke

  4. Linton Heathcliff dies from a 72 hour World of Warcraft : Pandemonium marathon

  5. Heathcliff has two dads and Catherine has a racist mom.

  6. I am against reboots and adaptations, with the notable exception of anything by Jane Austen or any of the Brontes, because if the adaptors can make the material even a little bit interesting, it’s already an improvement.

    • I agree with Austen but Wuthering Heights is actually really good. We read it in a Literature of Evil class in college. There’s ghosts n shit! That’s just fun.

      • I feel the exact opposite! Hated Wuthering Heights like Hindley hates Heathcliff, but Jane Austen is the best (Mansfield Park not withstanding).

        • i kinda hate all the 19th century lady novels. i actually just read wuthering heights, and wasn’t too fond of it. the narrator was such a fucking goon. but nothing makes me hate so much as jane eyre does. oh lord, that novel is so supremely screwed up.


            That is why my fanon ending is Bertha and Jane moving to London to become Lady Detectives. WHAT, LITERARY CANON? WHAT IS THAT THAT IS CRAZY TALK. NO NO ROCHESTER LIVES ALONE WITH HIS TEARS AND JANE AND BERTHA FIGHT CRIME, AS GOD INTENDED.

        • WHAT! But Pride and Prejudice is SO BORING! She is proud and has prejudice, GUESS WHAT SO DOES/IS EVERYONE.

          Wuthering Heights has revenge and obsession and a really creepy essay by Georges Bataille about it!

    • Actually, I’ve had time (30 minutes!) to rethink my stance, and I am PRO adaptations. Mostly because Revenge is a very loose adaptation of The Count Of Monte Cristo, and that show is the best.

  7. In the vein of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and being set in Napa, i give you:

    Wuthering Heights and Winos – starring this guy as Heathcliff:

  8. Can the next TV show adaptation be the classic, Wuthering Heights with Zombies?

  9. Heathcliff supports the US delegates boycotting Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s UN speech, but Catherine wants to hear what he has to say and was also caught defending a Romney gaffe.

  10. Heathcliff has grown tired of Catherine overusing the phrase “lamestream” media.

  11. Heathcliff is a vampire, and nobody notices that he’s drinking blood out of wine glasses all the time.

  12. Catherine is a detective in super-modern LA.

  13. Skip Napa, make it Wuthering Heights In Space. “In space, no one can hear you wuther.”

  14. You know, I love Wuthering Heights, but I’m gonna say that Jersey Shore was probably pretty close. I mean, you have to admit that Wuthering Heighs was pretty much a jerk circus, on the moors.*

    *I may be wrong, but something tells me that the atmosphere of the novel might not translate well in wine country.

  15. But what does Benedict Cumberbatch think?

  16. Come at me Bro(nte).

  17. Nothing could top the wonderful MTV’s Wuthering Heights released in 2003 but a modern take on the mid 1990s based on the clothing.

  18. Heathcliffe butt-chugs wine all the time.

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