After much delay, I finally finished watching Season 2 of Game of Thrones. After the absolutely kickass Battle of Blackwater episode, I realized that there's probably tons of properties that are begging for an adaptation. Game of Thrones proves that you can have smart, well-acted fantasy or science fiction properties on television and do fantastic in the ratings. I've got some suggestions for some IP that might thrive with right script and budget. I'm also counting comic book properties on this list, so bear with me. Add your own suggestions because it's certain that I'm missing tons of material.
There's been tons of brilliant, dark and downright weird shit coming out of the United Kingdom recently (Black Mirror, Utopia, Torchwood.....kind of) and to not capitalize on Vertigo comics longest running antihero would be a loss. The Dangerous Habits and Fear Machine arcs could literally fill two seasons of material well on their own. With the right actor playing the role of John Constantine and a network not afraid to shy away from grizzly subject matter, this could end up a cult hit easily.
I know. I know. It's been tried. Give it to a competent screenwriter and actually budget the necessary money to make the special effects not look like crap and you've got a winner.
3: Snow Crash
Cyperpunk's never had a proper television adaptation (ok....maybe Max Headroom). This would help change that.
4: Alien Nation: This is more of a reboot. Blame the Bombcast for giving me the idea. I'm certain that the Fox Network still has the rights and the themes of immigration, racism and terrorism in a post-911 world would make a re-imagining relevant and downright cool. District 9 became a surprise critical and commercial smash hit with similar material. A TV:MA rating and a timeslot after Sons of Anarchy or The Americans would suit this show perfectly fine.
5: Mass Effect: Stop laughing and hear me out for a minute. Wouldn't a show based around the actions of C-Sec and set on the Citadel be really, really cool? Shows like Babylon 5 and Star Trek: DS9 are now considered classics among many science fiction diehards. Taking that well established setting and formula into a beloved and established science fiction universe just might actually work.