Posts tagged with tv

Aug 22 2023

Gross, but maybe fun?


And speaking of magical-school stories, the first trailer was recently released for Gen V, a spin-off of the series The Boys, which is based on a comic book of the same name by Garth Ennis and Darick Robertson. This looks super OTT...

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Jul 20 2023

Low-stakes entertainment


The trailer is out for the second season of Amazon's adaptation of Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time. I watched every episode of the last season, and yet I can't remember a single thing about it. (That's how I felt about the books, too.) But that won't stop me from...

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Jun 21 2023

Was literally everyone else busy?


Well, the first teaser trailer is out for Game of Thrones showrunners David Benioff & D.B. Weiss's adaptation of Cixin Liu's novel The Three Body Problem, and it looks... expensive. Netflix clearly dug deep into the old couch cushions for this one. Unfortunately, based on Benioff and Weiss's previous work, do I trust them to handle cultural issues with sensitivity? No. Am I confident...

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Jan 26 2023

Never forget


I have mostly ignored news about the upcoming Percy Jackson TV series, because the original movie adaptation was so terrible that it's still tainting my memories of the entire series, even a decade-plus later...

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Jan 24 2023

Please please please


Oh, thank the TV Gods: the first reviews of Netflix's adaptation of my beloved Lockwood & Co. are coming in, and they're (mostly) positive: check here, here, and...

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Jan 19 2023

Sign me up


Ooh, I see PBS is hoping to take Masterpiece in an edgier direction with an upcoming adaptation of Henry Fielding's The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling. If you haven't read Tom Jones, imagine an 18th century telenovela, complete with birth secrets...

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Jan 10 2023

Mark your calendars


BookTrust recently compiled a helpful list of some of the many book-to-screen adaptations of kid books coming our way in 2023. I am, of course, most excited about Lockwood & Co. (although that comes burdened the weight of So Many Expectations), but...

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Dec 20 2022

Flowers in the Attic... but with witches


Earlier this month AMC released a trailer for their upcoming adaptation of Anne Rice's The Mayfair Witches series. It's been a long time since I read those books, and the series looks very glossy and well-cast and all, but...

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Oct 12 2015

Weekly Book Giveaway: Doctor Who: City of Death, by Douglas Adams and James Goss


This week's Book Giveaway is Doctor Who: City of Death, written by James Goss and based on the 1979 Doctor Who episode of the same name written by Douglas Adams. I'm not much of a Doctor Who fan, so I'll put up this review as soon as I dig myself out of a really deep Wikipedia hole...

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May 29 2014

It appears to be working, too.


According to NPR, LeVar Burton, host of the beloved but defunct PBS show Reading Rainbow, is trying to crowdfund a web-based version of the series. The campaign is going swimmingly...

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May 16 2013



Speaking of upcoming literature-to-TV transformations, NBC has unveiled the trailer for their take on Dracula, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers. As far as I can tell, this show will be a 10-episode miniseries that is still set in Victorian London, but reworks the original plot...

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Apr 2 2013

Another show I will be skipping


I can't see any way for this to avoid being absolutely horrible, but maybe that's what makes for must-see TV: according to The Hollywood Reporter, FX is developing an "event series" based on Kim MacQuarrie's book The Last Days of the Incas, which focuses on...

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Jan 22 2013

Here's hoping the Korean drama lightning will strike twice.


Dramabeans recently posted an article about a possible drama adaptation of Salon H, a webtoon from manhwa writer Park So-hee, best known for her silly-but-undeniably-entertaining series Goong...

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Jan 16 2013

Shield your eyes


I don't watch reality TV, but Entertainment Weekly informs me that the latest episode of The Bachelor featured the contestants dressing up as Harlequin romance cover models. (Because nothing says "proof of romantic compatibility" like a willingness to pose as a vampire or Southern belle or whatever.) The results, judging by the covers featured in the article, seemed uniformly awful...

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Jan 9 2013

Dr. Jekyll vs. Mr. Hyde on a weekly basis


Well, Revenge proved there was an audience for heavily-altered TV adaptations of classic novels, so at the end of the month NBC is kicking off Do No Harm, a modern-day reworking of Robert Louis Stevenson's novella Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde...

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Dec 4 2012

The Casual Vacancy to hit the small screen


According to The Hollywood Reporter, J. K. Rowling's novel The Casual Vacancy is going to be turned into a television series for the BBC. As with the Harry Potter movies, Rowling will be keeping a careful (read: obsessively controlling) eye on the project...

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Nov 20 2012

NBC takes to the high seas


Hugh Laurie (best known as the star of House, but he'll always be Bertie Wooster to me) has signed on to play Edward Teach—a.k.a. the famous pirate Blackbeard—in NBC's Crossbones, an upcoming 10-episode drama based on Colin Woodard's nonfiction book The Republic of Pirates...

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Nov 1 2012

I'm pretty sure I'd rather hang out with Stephen King's Carrie.


Well, the trailer is out for the CW's The Carrie Diaries, the television adaptation of Candace Bushnell's novel of the same name. The show focuses on Carrie Bradshaw (the heroine of Bushnell's Sex and the City) as a high school student...

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Oct 24 2012

Third time's the charm?


Chris Fedak and Josh Schwartz (the creators of the TV show Chuck) are making the third attempt to turn Scott Westerfeld's Midnighters trilogy into a TV series. This time, Fedak will be the sole writer, with Schwartz producing. According to io9, the project is in the "script commitment" phase...

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Oct 23 2012

MTV hits the books


The Hollywood Reporter informs me that MTV is attempting to turn Elizabeth Norris's young adult novel Unraveling into a TV drama. According to the article, the book is about a teenage girl "who, after being hit by a car, is convinced she died and that her sexy and mysterious classmate Ben is responsible for her miraculous resuscitation"...

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Sep 27 2012

I'm not sure this is going to translate to an hourly drama, guys.


Clearly hoping that if The Count of Monte Cristo could be re-worked into Revenge, NBC has decided to transform Emily Bronte's Wuthering Heights into a drama series called Napa. There's not much information out yet...

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Sep 19 2012

Weirdly, he does resemble Anthony Perkins.


When I saw a THR article about casting news for a new Psycho, I assumed the author was talking about Hitchcock, the upcoming movie adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho, the nonfiction book by Stephen Rebello. But no: clearly, the world needs another new Psycho-related project...

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Sep 13 2012

Wonder Woman at last?


Well, NBC's attempt at a Wonder Woman TV series didn't work out, but that hasn't daunted the CW. According to Vulture, the CW (along with Warner Bros. and DC Comics) is working on a Wonder Woman origin story, currently called Amazon...

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Aug 2 2012

If it remained a miniseries, it might have a chance.


According to The Hollywood Reporter, NBC has ordered 10 episodes of a new drama based on Bram Stoker's Dracula. The series will feature The Tudors' Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character, and offers a new take on the story...

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Jul 31 2012



Speaking of TV reboots, the world does NOT NEED a new version of the excellent Canadian television adaptation of Anne of Green Gables, but, alas, it's getting one anyway...

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Jul 31 2012

Milking the cash cow dry


The Hollywood Reporter informs me that the CW is looking into acquiring the rights to Battle Royale, the late-90s Japanese manga/novel/movie series that boasts a very (some say suspiciously) similar plot to Suzanne Collins's The Hunger Games...

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Jul 16 2012

80s TV revival?


According to a THR interview with the lead actors, the CW's upcoming Beauty and the Beast adaptation is "close" to the late-80s CBS TV series of the same name, but with some sci-fi (the Beast is the product of a military experiment gone wrong) and police procedural elements (Beauty's a cop) tossed in....

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Jul 12 2012

Flogging a dead horse


Wow: apparently there was a bidding war for Zenescope's ultra-classy-looking Wonderland graphic novels, and THR informs me that Lionsgate TV won. I haven't read this series (although I've made some snide comments about Zenescope's projects in the past)...

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Jul 3 2012

HBO mines bookstore shelves (again)


According to Flavorwire, HBO has hired Lost showrunner Damon Lindelof to collaborate with author Tom Perotta on a TV adaptation of Perotta's 2011 novel The Leftovers. The book (which I haven't read), apparently...

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Jun 18 2012

I'm not buying it


The website A Koala's Playground recently posted a comprehensive update on the status of To The Beautiful You, the upcoming K-drama adaptation of the popular Japanese manga/drama Hanazakari no Kimitachi e (better known as Hana Kimi). Frankly, I have my doubts...

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