It isn’t a new concept to create TV shows based upon books. Showtime has done it with Dexter, HBO has Game of Thrones and True Blood, CBS has Under the Dome, and there are countless more. For the upcoming 2013 Fall TV show season there are plenty of new TV shows based upon books. The primetime networks; CBS, Fox, NBC, and ABC all have new series premiering within the fall or midseason. Two other popular networks; The CW and Lifetime also have new series based on books.
Today we’ll look at NBC’s offerings:
Popular network NBC has four new TV series based upon books. The first series is the one hour drama, Dracula, based on the book Dracula by Bram Stoker. In this adaptation Dracula is played by the handsome and accomplished Jonathan Rhys Meyers (The Tudors). It takes place in London during the late 19th century. Other actors include Oliver Jacksn-Cohen (The Raven), Jessica De Gouw (Arrow), Nonso Anozie (Game of Thrones). It will be airing Friday nights beginning October 25th at 10PM. NBC has announced that it will only be a half season show, 10 episodes for the premiering season. It has been announced that taking the place of Dracula would be a new show titled Crossbones. It is based upon the Non-Fiction book The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward. It is about the famous pirated Blackbeard. On the network’s website it has only cast the main character, Blackbeard. John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Red) is playing the lead role. There is no other information currently available. The last show for the Fall 2013-Spring 2014 season is About a Boy. It is a TV adaptation of Nick Hornby’s About a Boy. This is the second adaptation of the book; the first was the film About a Boy featuring Hugh Grant. This comedy casts David Walton (New Girl) as Will (the character Hugh Grant played in the film adaptation), Minnie Driver (Grosse Point Blank, Conviction), and Benjamin Stockham (1600 Penn, Sons of Tucson). It has no premiere date yet. The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodward, Dracula by Bram Stoker, and About a Boy by Nick Hornby are available at the library. Woodward’s book can be found on the 3rd floor in the non-fiction section and Dracula and About a Boy can be found in the fiction collection on the 2nd floor.
-posted by Stacey, Readers’ Services