Read This, Watch That: Books Coming to the Small Screen

A while back a TV show called 666 Park Avenue was cancelled.  I don’t know anyone who watched it besides me, but I was gripped from the word go.  It was a modern day horror story (LOVE horror) set in Manhattan (LOVE Manhattan) and based on a book (LOVE books).  Since it’s been gone I’ve tried other shows like Hemlock Grove, a Gothic werewolf soap opera based on a book, but nothing’s really caught my interest.

There’s not much time to wait now until the much much much anticipated return of Arrested Development (coming to NetFlix May 26), but after those 15 episodes have been devoured, I want to have something visual to look forward to.

Fortunately there’s some hope on the horizon.  New shows coming soon that promise much.  I bring them to your attention now, in case you are like me and need to read the book first. (Are you?  Let us know in the comments below…)

Under the DomeUnder the Dome by Stephen King (coming to CBS in June)

The town of Chester’s Mill (in Maine, naturally) is sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field in this epic horror/drama.

Orange is the New BlackOrange is the New Black by Piper Kerman (coming to NetFlix July 11)

This memoir takes us inside life at a Connecticut women’s prison.  The show will be a comedy-drama and is created by Jenji Kohan, of Weeds fame (LOVED Weeds).

About a BoyAbout a Boy by Nick Hornby (coming to NBC this fall)

The coming of age of a well-to-do manchild.  I don’t know whether to hold out much hope for this one: One of my favourite books (which was made into one of my favourite movies) being turned into a sitcom (not one of my favourite formats) starring Minnie Driver (not one of my favourite actresses).

American GodsAmerican Gods by Neil Gaiman (coming to HBO, release date TBA)

Kirkus raves, “A magical mystery tour through the mythologies of all cultures, a unique and moving love story-and another winner for the phenomenally gifted, consummately reader-friendly Gaiman.”  I can hardly wait.

–Patricia

3 comments

  1. I love reading the book before the movie and am almost always disappointed in the film adaptation unless It’s done very well. I am on tenterhooks for American Gods

    1. Tami,
      I agree. The only movie I’ve ever liked more than the book was the English Patient. I, too, am excited for American Gods. After the success of Game of Thrones, I feel like HBO really knows how to transform fantasy to the screen.
      Heidi

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