Daily Read (5/17/16)

Exciting news for Charlaine Harris fans: NBC has picked up the series adaptation Midnight, Texas. (As I mentioned, we’ll have a roundup of the new adaptations coming to network TV later this week, once the dust settles.)

Jonathan Rhys Meyers will star in World War II drama The 12th Man, which I started writing about because Variety says it’s based on a book, but not . . . the title or author. Helpful. I’m going to guess it’s this one.

Nicholas Gonzalez has been cast in Pretty Little Liars.

Ridley Scott and Drew Goddard are adapting S. Craig Zahler’s novel Wraiths of the Broken Land.

Hallmark Announces New Adaptations

The Nine Lives of ChristmasThe Hallmark Channel and Hallmark Movies & Mysteries have several new adaptations in the works. First, on the Hallmark Channel: The Nine Lives of Christmas, based on the novel by Sheila Roberts and starring Brandon Routh and Kimberley Sustad. “With Christmas approaching, a handsome fireman afraid of commitment adopts a stray cat and meets a beautiful veterinary student who challenges his decision to remain a confirmed bachelor.” This sounds like the most Hallmarky movie ever, and I will absolutely watch it.

And Hallmark Movies & Mysteries – formerly called the Hallmark Movie Channel – has a series of movies based on Charlaine Harris’s Aurora Teagarden books and starring Candace Cameron Bure, a series of culinary mysteries based on Joanne Fluke’s Hannah Swensen books and starting with Sugar Cookie Murder, and another series of culinary mystery movies, The Gourmet Detective, based on the books by Peter King and starring Dylan Neal.

They’ve also got movies The Christmas Secret (based on the novel by Donna VanLiere) and Wedding Planner Mystery (based on Veiled Threats by Deborah Donnelly).

Let’s face it: I will gleefully watch all of these things.

True Blood to End with Season 7

True BloodIt’s being widely reported on Twitter that HBO has announced that True Blood will come to an end with its ten-episode seventh season, set to air in 2014. From the statement, via The Hollywood Reporter:

True Blood has been nothing short of a defining show for HBO,” said HBO president of programming Michael Lombardo said in a statement. “Alan Ball took the books by Charlaine Harris, assembled a brilliant cast led by the magnificent Anna Paquin in the role of Sookie Stackhouse, and crafted a show that has taken its many devoted fans on an unforgettable journey. Alan passed the baton to Brian Buckner, who led our fantastic writers and crew in crafting a spectacular sixth season, and he will lead us through the seventh and final season of this amazing show. Together with its legions of fans, it will be hard to say goodbye to the residents of Bon Temps, but I look forward to what promises to be a fantastic final chapter of this incredible show.”

Are you sad to see it go, or is it time?

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