Category Archives: TV Adaptations

New Promo Released for Bates Motel Season 3

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While we wait patiently for season three of “Bates Motel” to return, A&E has released the first promo for the upcoming season. In the promo we actually get an homage to the original film, Psycho, that the series is based on.

“Bates Motel” is a modern-day prequel to the film where viewers get to see an intimate portrayal of how Norman Bates’ psyche unravels through his teenage years. It stars Vera Farmiga in her Emmy-nominated role as Norma Bates with Freddie Highmore as the young Norman.

Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin serve as executive producers for Carlton Cuse Productions and Kerry Ehrin Productions respectively. Season 3 of the series will debut in March 2015 on A&E.

You can watch the first promo below:

The Cuckoo’s Calling To Become a BBC TV Series

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“The Cuckoo’s Calling” written by Robert Galbraith also known as J.K. Rowling is about to be adapted into a television series. The famous author wrote the novel and its recently published sequel, “The Silkworm,” under the pseudonym but was quickly found out. Now the novels are about to be the basis for a new series on BBC One.

The television series does not have very many details yet. But it is known that Rowling will participate as a collaborator on the new project. She also confirmed that she would write more novel is the series giving the BBC series plenty of source material.

Rowling announced the news on Twitter, with the following classy notice to her fans.

Despite being found out as the author, Rowling continues to write the Comoran Strike novels under the Galbraith moniker.

Rowling’s other non-Harry Potter novel, “The Casual Vacancy” is also being adapted for a  television series by BBC and is expected to air as a three-hour miniseries in February. There is no word on when “The Cuckoo’s Calling” may begin production or an anticipated premiere date.

“Witches of East End” Canceled

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The television adaptation, “Witches of East End” has been officially cancelled by Lifetime. The series lasted two seasons and starred Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston, Jenna Dewan Tatum, Madchen Amick, Eric Winter, Daniel DiTomasso and Christian Cooke.

“Witches of East End” is based on the novel series of the same name written by Melissa de la Cruz. It was developed by for television by Maggie Friedman while Fox 21 and 3 Arts produced the series.

Despite starting off on a high note with an average of 3 million viewers, 1.7 million of them in the advertiser-coveted adults 18-49 demo, the show’s second season dropped sharply in viewership. The finale ended with barely more than 1 million in same-day ratings.

Netflix Brings Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events to Series

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Netflix is bringing us another original series by way of “Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events.” The 2004 YA novel series was originally adapted into film starring Jim Carrey but will now become a live action television series on Netflix.

The novel series has 13 books in the series so there is no shortage of book material for Netflix to adapt. The books follow the darkly humorous visual world of Violet, Klaus, and little Sunny Baudelaire, three orphans who are doggedly pursued by their distant cousin/uncle Count Olaf.

Cindy Holland, VP Original Content at Netflix, said,

“On the search for fantastic material that appeals to both parents and kids, the first stop for generations of readers is ‘A Series Of Unfortunate Events. The world created by Lemony Snicket is unique, darkly funny and relatable. We can’t wait to bring it to life for Netflix members.”

Netflix has not yet signed a director for the upcoming original series. There is no word yet on when production will begin or who Netflix is eyeing to star.

Ridley Scott to Produce Sequel Series to 2001: A Space Odyssey

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Ridley Scott has announced his plans to create a sequel miniseries to the film 2001: A Space Odyssey. The miniseries, titled 3001: The Final Odyssey, is based on Arthur C. Clarke’s 1997 novel of the same name which is the final book in Clarke’s Odyssey series.

The series will begin with the discovery of Frank Poole’s frozen body floating in space. Poole will then return to Earth (it’s now the year 3001) and find that life has changed a lot.

Stuart Beattie will write the adaptation. He said,

“I have always been a fan of Clarke’s extraordinary Odyssey series, and certainly Kubrick’s adaptation of 2001. I am thrilled to be part of bringing that legacy to audiences and continuing the great cinematic tradition that this story and its creators deserve.”

3001: The Final Odyssey is excepted to release sometime in 2015. There is no word on who will star in miniseries.

AMC Picks Up The Night Manager With Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston

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The Hollywood Reporter has revealed that AMC has officially picked up a bid to partner with the BBC to release a miniseries based on the novel, “The Night Manager.” The 6 – 8 part miniseries stars Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston.

The novel was originally released in 1993 by John le Carre. The tale follows former British soldier Jonathan Pine in his new line of work as a night auditor for a luxurious hotel, where he meets a French-Arab woman named Sophie with ties to Richard Onslow Roper, an English black market weapons dealer. Sophie winds up dead after giving Pine incriminating documents, and he goes undercover with British intelligence in a sting operation against Roper to avenge Sophie’s death.

Le Carre is no stranger to the world of adaptations. Several of his previous works have been made into pretty successful films including A Most Wanted ManTinker Tailor Soldier Spy, and The Constant Gardener. Some television series have also already been made based on his work such as “A Perfect Spy” and “A Murder of Quality.”

The adaptation will be written by David Farr for Ink Factory. There is no word yet on when the miniseries will begin production or an anticipated premiere date.

 

“Gotham” Gets a Full Season Order

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Three episodes in and FOX has officially given the series “Gotham” a full season order. The order brings the first season to a full 22 episodes. According to the network, the premiere episode of “Gotham” delivered FOX’s highest-rated fall drama debut in 14 years and drew in 14.1 million viewers in the first seven days.

“Gotham” is an origin story of “Batman” that takes place in Gotham City. Young Detective (and future Commissioner) James Gordon and the recently orphaned Bruce Wayne meet in the troubled days before the arrival of the Dark Knight. The cast is impressive including Ben McKenzie, Donal Logue, Jada Pinkett Smith and Sean Pertwee, “Gotham” follows Gordon’s rise from rookie detective to Police Commissioner as he navigates the layers of corruption that secretly rule Gotham City.

The series airs Mondays on FOX at 8/7c.

The Walking Dead Renewed for a Sixth Season

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As if anyone is surprised though we are all definitely thrilled, AMC has officially renewed “The Walking Dead” for a sixth season. Season five of the series is set to air in just a few days but the show is still one of the most popular in the world.

“We could not be more excited for October 12th as we share new episodes of ‘The Walking Dead’ with fans around the globe,” said AMC President Charlie Collier. “In advance of Sunday’s season five premiere, AMC proudly confirms a sixth season order of this extraordinary series. Thank you to Robert Kirkman, Scott Gimple, the terrific executive producers, and the entire team who brings this compelling world and these rich characters to life. There’s plenty more Dead ahead thanks to their impressive, collective effort.”

Season six will see Scott M. Gimple will return as the showrunner and executive producer. It will also have executive producers Robert Kirkman, Gale Anne Hurd, David Alpert, Greg Nicotero and Tom Luse.

Season five premieres Sunday, October 12 at 9:00pm ET/PT. It stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus, Steven Yeun, Lauren Cohan, Chad Coleman, Chandler Riggs, Melissa McBride, Emily Kinney, Danai Gurira and Sonequa Martin-Green.

Dominic Cooper Joins Marvel’s Agent Carter

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Stark sexy Dominic Cooper is officially set to reprise his role as Howard Stark (see what I did there? but no really he is damn sexy) on the upcoming series “Marvel’s Agent Carter.” The news was confirmed by Marvel earlier today.

Cooper originally appeared as the elder Stark in Captain America: The First Avenger, starring alongside Hayley Atwell. Now, the duo will be back together again in the new series. Though hopefully not together together because you know, she promised!

The series will feature Carter and Stark going on secret missions while she balances her administrative job at the Strategic Scientific Reserve.

“Agent Carter” will premiere this winter on ABC.

DC Comics’ “Lucifer” Pilot Coming To Fox

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Fox is getting another comic book television adaptation by way of DC Comic series “Lucifer.” Fox and Warner Bros. have officially ordered a pilot to be based off the comic series according to a report from Entertainment Weekly.

“Lucifer” follows the Lord of Hell who has grown bored with his underworld throne and devilish kingdom. He decided to relate to the buzzing metropolis of Los Angeles, where he opens an exclusive piano bar called Lux. (I won’t lie, I’d probably check that bar out.) The titular character is actually a supporting character in the comic series “The Sandman” from Neil Gaiman.

Tom Kapinos is signed on to write and executive produce the pilot episode.

There is currently no word on who will star in the project or when production will begin on the series. The pilot will likely air sometime in late 2015 if picked up for a full series.