From The Page To The Screen: Our Picks For The Most Interesting Upcoming TV Show Adaptations
In keeping with last week’s update about Morgan’s five most-anticipated upcoming film adaptations, we are back to let you know which of our favorite novels have been optioned for TV series and why you will love them:
Most Anticipated New Cast
Based on Craig Johnson’s the Walt Longmire Mystery series, A&E has ordered a 10-episode arc of Longmire, a contemporary crime thriller, to be aired next year. The TV show will follow the life of a widowed sheriff in rural Wyoming as he uses a good-old-boy attitude to hide his pain as he goes after the bad guys. The titular character will be played by Australian actor Robert Taylor, who is best known for his work in The Matrix as Agent Jones. But we are even more excited about the return of Katee Sackhoff (aka Starbuck from Battlestar Galactica) who will be playing Victoria Moretti, Longmire’s deputy.
Most Nostalgia-Inducing Series
Jennifer Garner's production company is developing a half-hour comedy at ABC Studios based on popular YA author Alexandra Robbins’ non-fiction book The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth. Reminding us nostalgically of The Breakfast Club, the series will have seven different view points from different high school students including: The Loner, The Popular Bitch, The Nerd, The New Girl, The Gamer, The Weird Girl, The Bad Geek. And viewers can expect witty dialogue, the pilot episode will be penned by Bert Royal, the writer behind the movie Easy A.
Most Intriguing Visual Potential
Showtime is developing The Damned, a drama adapted from Oni Press’ comic by the same name. The illustrated series that was written by Cullen Bunn with art by Brian Hurtt, sets hero Eddie in a contemporary Chicago where the bad guys aren’t just bad — they’re literally demonic. Fans of the comic-turned-movie/TV show oeuvre will be pleased to learn that David Hayer, who worked on the adaptations of X-Men, X2 and Watchmen for the big screen will also lend his writing talent to the project.
Most Likely To Appeal to the How I Met Your Mother Crowd
Caprice Crane certainly knows her way around a TV show, her resume could list writing for the new 90210 and Melrose Place, and seven years of experience at MTV. But this fall she embarks on a new project as NBC adapts her novel Stupid and Contagious. The book about love, hate and having to be nice to your neighbors will turned into a half-hour comedy for the network. The story features 20-somethings Heaven and Brady, two neighbors who just can’t seem to get along — or can they?
Most Intriguing New Male Detective
NBC will be premiering a new show called Easy Rawlins, based Walter Mosley’s mystery series featuring Ezekiel “Easy” Rawlins. The hero is an African-American man who is a war veteran and self-taught P.I. The stories are set in L.A. during the 1960s, so we are particularly looking forward to seeing the decade brought back to life, clothing, music, flower power and all. To create the pilot episode, the author is joining forces with Cheo Coker, an executive producer for the popular procedural drama Southland.
Most Intriguing New Female Detective
CBS will also be producing a mystery series based on a familiar face to booklovers. They have picked up a show that adapts Leslie Glass’ series featuring Chinese-American police detective Alice Woo, the first follows the first female head of detectives in Coney Island. Rescue Me actor Denis Leary is part of the production team that is bringing this series to the small screen. All eyes will be on Woo and whoever is cast to play her, as this series will be one of the first dramas with a Asian woman at it's helm — and it's about time!
Most Unique Overall Concept
Do you like Showtime’s The Tudors and swoon for Philippa Gregory’s The Other Boleyn Girl? You will want to check out ABC’s new series based on Carol Wolper’s Ann of Hollywood, which brings the Tudor family intrigue into the contemporary era. The story opens with the witty Anne Boleyn living in the City of Angels during her late twenties. This as-of-yet untitled television show is scheduled to premier this January.
Most Ambitious New Show
Showtime will premiere a new series based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel Under the Dome. This chilling supernatural series features a vacation town up in Maine that is mysteriously cut off from the outside world by a force field — and the subsequent breakdown of the small community. Steven Spielberg and Stacey Snider will be heading the project and King will be one of the executive producers.
Most Anticipated Show
A television adaptation of The Carrie Diaries has been picked up by the CW. The series is based on bestselling author Candace Bushnell’s account of Sex and the City heroine Carrie Bradshaw’s teenage years in a New England town. The production team boasts several familiar names such as author Candace Bushnell, HBO’s Sex and the City writer/producer Amy Harris (who moved onto CW’s Gossip Girl after working on the adult series) and two of Gossip Girl’s executive producers. We're hoping that CW takes a cue from ABC Family's Pretty Little Liars casting job and picks actresses who can really come into their own on the show.
Do any of these new shows tickle your fancy? Let us know in the comments below!