First Looks at Time After Time and Still Star-Crossed

TV news is coming in very quickly this week, and early next week, after the carnage is all over, we’ll have a master post for you detailing which shows based on books were renewed or canceled – and which new adaptations are coming our way. In the meantime, though, ABC has posted very short videos for two shows based on novels that it has picked up to series, so let’s take a look!

Time After Time is based on the time travel novel by Karl Alexander, and it’s about Jack the Ripper and H.G. Wells and honestly I’ve read the Wikipedia page five times and can’t seem to retain anything else about it, so I’ll have to read the novel and get back to you. But hey, the show stars Josh Bowman and Freddie Stroma, so that’s a good start.

I know “Romeo and Juliet sequel” is an easy laugh, but Still Star-Crossed (based on the novel by Melinda Taub) deals with the aftermath of their deaths among the people left behind, which is actually a quite interesting idea.

TV in Development: Lemony Snicket, Little Women, & More

Netflix is developing a live-action family show based on Lemony Snicket’s The Series of Unfortunate Events. That could be fun.

ABC has a contemporary Little Women limited series in the works. Hmm. It’s about “four sisters — coming of age against the backdrop of a military scandal as their family loses its fortune and position — who find themselves at odds with the conservative and traditional society in which they live.” I . . . guess? Huh.

There’s a second show in development based on The Phantom of the Opera, though this one is ABC Family’s wheelhouse.

ABC is also working on a legal series based on Ingrid Thoft’s Fina Ludlow books.

Amazon is now looking at that adaptation of Fitzgerald’s The Last Tycoon that’s been floating around.

Syfy is adapting Arthur C. Clarke’s 3001.

ABC Developing a Derrick Storm Show

Huh. ABC is developing a Derrick Storm show, based on the character in the books “written” by the main character of Castle. (They’ve published several novels and graphic novels.) Storm is a spy working with the CIA, so it’s not like this show would be just like Castle, but still . . . interesting. I am automatically skeptical here, but hey, I like spy stuff and like Castle, so I’d certainly be up for trying a spy show by some of the same people.

Would you be up for trying this rather meta-sounding show?

AMC Renews Turn + More TV News

TurnAMC has renewed Revolutionary War spy drama Turn for a second season.

Sleepy Hollow comic books?!?!

Rosario Dawson will play a lead role on Daredevil.

Laura Mennell will recur on season five of Haven.

Artemis Pebdani will recur and Erin Cummings will guest star on Masters of Sex.

A show based on Michelle Dresbold’s Sex, Lies, and Handwriting is in development at ABC.

Astronaut Wives Club to Premiere July 24th

ABC announced its summer schedule today, and drama The Astronaut Wives Club, based on the nonfiction book of the same name by Lily Koppel, will premiere on Thursday, July 24th, at 9/8c. Here’s the book’s description:

As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.

Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK’s favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other’s children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.

As their celebrity rose-and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives-they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than fifty years. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

I’m looking forward to this one!

ABC Orders Astronaut Wives Club Adaptation to Series

ABC has ordered a ten-episode limited series based on Lily Koppel’s The Astronaut Wives Club, a non-fiction book about wives of astronauts in the 1960s. The book’s official description:

As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons.

Annie Glenn, with her picture-perfect marriage, was the envy of the other wives; platinum-blonde Rene Carpenter was proclaimed JFK’s favorite; and licensed pilot Trudy Cooper arrived on base with a secret. Together with the other wives they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, meeting regularly to provide support and friendship. Many became next-door neighbors and helped to raise each other’s children by day, while going to glam parties at night as the country raced to land a man on the Moon.

As their celebrity rose—and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives—they continued to rally together, and the wives have now been friends for more than 50 years. THE ASTRONAUT WIVES CLUB tells the real story of the women who stood beside some of the biggest heroes in American history.

This could be fascinating!

Pilot News: The Flash, Astronaut Wives Club, Fresh Off the Boat

Danielle Panabaker and Rick Cosnett have been cast in the CW’s The Flash pilot.

ABC has ordered a drama pilot based on Lily Koppel’s novel Astronaut Wives Club and written/EPed by Stephanie Savage.

They’ve also ordered comedy pilot Fresh Off the Boat, based on Eddie Huang’s memoir and produced by Nahnatchka Khan.

TV News: Shannara, Rosemary’s Baby, Basket Case & More

  • CBS has announced miniseries The Dovekeepers, based on Alice Hoffman’s novel.
  • And NBC has greenlit their name Rosemary’s Baby miniseries.
  • MTV is developing Shannara, based on Terry Brooks’s fantasy series.
  • Sam Ernst and Jim Dunn of Haven are prepping another Stephen King-based drama, Grand Central, at ABC.
  • Rob Reiner is working on an adaptation of Carl Hiaasen’s Basket Case at Spike.
  • TNT has ordered a pilot based on Marcia Clark’s Guilt by Association.

ABC Premiere Dates: The Assets, Resurrection, & Killer Women

ABCABC has announced its midseason schedule, and it includes three new adaptations. Spy miniseries The Assets, based on the book Circle of Treason, will premiere on Thursday, January 2nd at 10/9c. Crime drama Killer Women, based on book series Mujeres Asesinas, will premiere on Tuesday, January 7th at 10/9c. And supernatural drama Resurrection, based on Jason Mott’s novel The Returned, will premiere on Sunday, March 9th at 9/8c.

TV in Development: Beowulf, Roots, Dangerous Liaisons, Catherine the Great, Hourman, & More