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.

Darren Aronofsky Adapting Margaret Atwood & More TV in Development

A whole bunch of books have recently been optioned or put into development as TV shows. Here’s a roundup:

HBO has a Darren Aronofsky adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s MaddAddam trilogy.

Graham Yost is adapting Alex Kershaw’s novel Avenue of Spies at WGN America.

Bryan Cranston’s company has The Dangerous Book for Boys.

AMC has Philipp Meyer’s The Son.

Wind Dancer has its president Dete Meserve’s novel Good Sam.

TV in Development: Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, John Scalzi, & More

FremantleMedia has acquired Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods and is working on turning it into a drama series.

Universal TV is adapting Stephen King’s short story “Ayana.”

FX is working on a limited series based on John Scalzi’s Redshirts.

Seth Rogen is adapting the comic Preacher for AMC.

Syfy is working on an adaptation of DC Comics’s DMZ.

TV in Development: Knifeman, Dwyane Wade, Oprah Winfrey, Eliot Ness, & More

Let’s catch up on some books recently optioned or put into development for TV . . .

  • AMC: Knifeman, based on Wendy Moore’s biography The Knife Man
  • CBS: Randy Wayne White’s series Doc Ford
  • Fox: Dwyane Wade’s autobiography A Father First
  • FX: Ron Hansen’s Old West novel Desperadoes; The Code, an Underground Railroad event series from Kelsey Grammer based on James McBride’s Song Yet Sung
  • HBO: Julie Holland’s Moody Bitches, produced by Oprah Winfrey and Diablo Cody; comedy Mr. Romance based on a Joshuah Bearman (Argo) article
  • History Channel: Historical miniseries Jamestown based on Benjamin Woolley’s Savage Kingdom
  • IDW Entertainment: Michael Chiklis’s comic Pantheon
  • NBC: Eliot Ness miniseries Nemesis based on the book by William Bernhardt
  • Ringleader Studios: Colin Wilson’s The Space Vampires, to (probably) be called Lifeforce
  • ShineBox SMC: Philipp Meyer’s Texas oil epic The Son

AMC Renews The Walking Dead

The Walking DeadAMC has announced that hit show The Walking Dead has been renewed for a fifth season, with Scott Gimple staying in place as showrunner. From their announcement:

“This is a show that has erased traditional distinctions between cable and broadcast. Its expanding base of passionate fans has grown every season, most recently — and most notably — with the season four premiere earlier this month, which broke viewership records for the series and became the biggest non-sports telecast in cable history. On behalf of the incredible team on both sides of the camera, thank you to the fans and here’s to more Dead.