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The original 1968 movie "Rosemary's Baby" was set in New York City, with many scenes filmed at the Dakota, the landmark Upper West Side apartment complex. NBC's two-part remake (beginning tonight at 9), however, decided to shift the action to Paris. But these five NYC-set movies remained in the Big Apple when they hit the small screen:
Barefoot in the Park (1970-71) Robert Redford and Jane Fonda were the young Manhattan newlyweds in the 1967 big-screen adaptation of Neil Simon's play. ABC came up with a version that featured a predominantly black cast, with Scoey Mitchlll and Tracy Reed as the newlyweds.
The Odd Couple (1970-75) One of the few TV shows that was better than the movie on which it was based: a riotous comedy about two divorced men -- slovenly Oscar (Jack Krugman) and fastidious Felix (Tony Randall) -- sharing a Park Avenue apartment and driving each other crazy.
Serpico (1976-77) In this short-lived NBC series, the role of Al Pacino's intrepid undercover cop was played by David Birney ("Bridget Loves Bernie").
Fame (1982-87) Several of the actors (Debbie Allen, Gene Anthony Ray, Lee Curreri, Albert Hague) from the 1980 movie about students at the High School for the Performing Arts reprised their roles for the TV version.
Working Girl (1990) Then- unknown actress Sandra Bullock took Melanie Griffith's role from the 1988 movie as the spunky Staten Island girl who works her way up from being a secretary to junior executive.