35 years after George Pal's feature film adaptation of the HG Wells classic, Paramount brought back War of the Worlds as a weekly series. Series creator Greg Strangis made some changes, which only served to prove he was better off leaving well enough alone.
In the film, the aliens were clearly meant to be from Mars, as Wells had intended. Because interest in life on the "red planet" had waned by the late 80's, Strangis decided to change that, and relocated the aliens from the film to the ficticious planet of Mor-Trax. A terrorist attack eliminated the bacteria that was keeping the Mor-Traxians in suspended animation (as opposed to the bacteria killing the Martians in the movie), and the aliens rewarded them by taking over their forms. And so it went.
Jared Martin (ex-The Fantastic Journey) starred and provides the opening narration from season 1:
14 weeks into a season 2 that saw more changes, including producer Frank Mancuso, Jr. adding Worlds to his workload (he was also the showrunner for stablemate Friday the 13th: The Series), Paramount pulled the plug. In this writer's opinion, it just wasn't meant to be.