Posts tagged with tv

Oct 12 2015

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

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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.

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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

Vampy!

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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?

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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

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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.

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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.

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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?

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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.

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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

WHHHYYY???

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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

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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?

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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

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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)

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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

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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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Jun 14 2012

Awkward

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I must admit, I thought George W. Bush's head appearing on a stake on HBO's Game of Thrones was at least a little funny. Tasteless, sure... but still funny.

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May 29 2012

Everything old

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Lifetime Television is developing an ongoing drama featuring Clarice Starling, the main character from the horror/thriller The Silence of the Lambs. I'm not sure if the TV show will have much to do with Thomas Harris's books, but there's still obviously a lot of interest in the series...

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May 21 2012

A new, new Sherlock Holmes

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I'm never going to be fully aboard the Jonny Lee Miller train, but I might check out CBS's Elementary. I really like Lucy Liu, and I enjoy the idea of a female Dr. Watson...

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Apr 17 2012

Uncommon TV

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Huh: Crunchyroll informs me that a selection of Rumiko Takahashi's Rumic Theater short stories are going to be adapted into a pair of Japanese live-action drama anthologies. The Rumic Theater stories have been described as "domestic stories with a unique twist"...

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Apr 11 2012

Will lightning strike twice?

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AMC is so happy with the success of their adaptation of Robert Kirkman's comic book series The Walking Dead that they've picked up his latest project for development, too...

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Mar 15 2012

For all those kindergartners with smartphones...

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The creators of the Reading Rainbow television series have partnered with Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, Holiday House, and Charlesbridge Publishing to create a Reading Rainbow app, due out this spring. Details are still sketchy, but the app will feature an array of titles curated by Reading Rainbow host LeVar Burton.

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Mar 1 2012

A different take

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CBS is apparently planning a complete reboot of the Sherlock Holmes story: they've hired Jonny Lee Miller to be their Sherlock Holmes (which... okay), changed the setting to modern-day New York City, and cast Lucy Liu as Watson.

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Feb 27 2012

The Hunger Games meets Cinderella

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Another day, another dystopian YA series.


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