[Terry: I don’t care if this IS a joke. It would be better than 90% of what’s on.]
If you’re at all familiar with the Les Misérables fandom, you’ll know that there are a lot of modern-day AU fanfics. Like a lot. People love writing Victor Hugo‘s unjustly persecuted criminal, law-obsessed detective, and merry band of revolutionaries (mostly the revolutionaries) into a current setting where everyone has cell phones and laptops and they don’t all die.
And now a modern-day version of Les Misérables is happening. As a TV show. On Fox. By Veronica Mars showrunner Rob Thomas. The synopsis sounds kind of ridiculous, but I don’t know if I mean that in a good way or a bad way. An modern-day Les Misérables TV show. My brain doesn’t know what it’s doing.
…the contemporary take on Les Misérables is a primetime soap about a brilliant lawyer running a legal exoneration program who fights to evade the consequences of his own unjust conviction many years before. He must navigate high society, continue his mission of saving innocent people, and manage his tumultuous family and romantic life — all while staying one step ahead of a ruthless U.S. Attorney who refuses to let the ghosts of the past die.
His “his tumultuous family and romantic life”? Is Jean Valjean going to get some? This actually does sound like a meh lawyer show. But on the other hand, though I’ve never seen Veronica Mars, I’ve heard from multiple people that it’s a wonderful revisionist-y take on the crime genre, so that gives me some faith.
You know what would give me more faith?
Les Amis as college students.
I mean, there’s really no other sane option. Right, Rob? There isn’t.
- TV: Newswire: Fox dreams a dream that Les Misérables is a TV show about lawyers (avclub.com)
- Veronica Mars Creator Planning Les Miserables Series (contactmusic.com)
- The ‘Les Miserables’ TV series is fanfic brought to life (dailydot.com)