Daily Read (5/11/16)

I hadn’t realized that Olivia Colman’s character in The Night Manager was a man in the novel – I’m a Le Carre fan but haven’t gotten to that one yet – but this piece about that change is interesting.

Mafia show Gomorrah (based on the book by Roberto Saviano) hasn’t made it to the U.S. yet – soon; it’s coming to Sundance TV – but it’s been renewed for seasons three and four in Italy, so we have that to anticipate.

They’re trying to adapt Locke & Key YET AGAIN. Honestly, I don’t know much about it – I’m not really a comics person – but there have been so many abandoned adaptation attempts that my reaction is pretty much “Oh, that again.”

Ooh, this sounds interesting: There’s an event series adaptation in the works of Jonathan Eig’s nonfiction book The Birth of the Pill, about Margaret Sanger, Katharine McCormick, Gregory Goodwin Pincus, and John Rock.

Shirley MacLaine and Matthew Broderick will star in the TV adaptation of George Hodgman’s family memoir Bettyville.

Daily Read (4/25/16)

Hugh Laurie gets at exactly what I love about the Tinker, Tailor miniseries and Le Carre in general: “Their version of an action scene was people drinking tea and staring at each other. And yet it was completely thrilling and gripping to watch these devious, ambitious, hungry people trying to outwit each other and yet never reveal their strategy.”

AMC’s ‘Turn’ Puts Perspective on 2016 Divisions (I wonder if Hamilton mania will help Turn‘s ratings this season?)

This is cute: Game of Thrones cast make up lyrics to show’s theme song

So is this; EW seems to be all over the “cute Game of Thrones stuff” beat: Maisie Williams crashed viewing party for premiere

The Magicians Is a Master Class in Book Adaptation

TV Recommendation: The Night Manager

The Night ManagerMiniseries The Night Manager, based on the novel of the same name like John Le Carre, finally premiered in the U.S. on AMC last night. If you missed it, you can find it on demand or in one of several reruns this week, and if you like spy stories I strongly suggest you check it out. It’s got a great cast, led by Tom Hiddleston, Hugh Laurie, Olivia Colman, and Tom Hollander, and its British run got rave reviews. The first episode was quite enjoyable and I’m looking forward to more.

I’m a Le Carre fan in general, though I haven’t read this novel yet, and while almost all modern adaptations are a bit flashier and more action-y than the original novels, I liked that this kept some Le Carre flavor. Le Carre does bureaucracy brilliantly, and the drama around the copy machine, for example, was strikingly reminiscent of the tense scenes of file retrieval in Tinker Tailor. On the other hand, while I understand why the writers of the show moved it forward in time to incorporate the Arab Spring, I sort of wish they’d left it in the post-Cold War early nineties, because that’s also a very specific and interesting moment in history to explore.

Here’s a taste for you:

Did you watch the premiere? What did you think?

Daily Read (4/15/16)

American Gods has done some more casting.

I haven’t read The Swans of Fifth Avenue yet – it’s a novel about the friendship between Truman Capote and socialite Babe Paley (which, yes, THAT Paley – her husband was the founder of CBS) – but this limited series starring Bryce Dallas Howard could be great or terrible? As could most things, I suppose. But here I think a lot depends on who they get to play Capote; Philip Seymour Hoffman casts a long shadow.

In case you were worried, John Le Carre’s son says his dad likes the Night Manager TV series. Of course, said son is an EP of the series, so what else would he say? (Note: I have no reason to think Le Carre doesn’t genuinely like the show. The story just struck me as funny.)

Bones fans, here are some interesting thoughts from showrunner Michael Peterson on the rest of the season.

It’s always interesting when things are optioned before they’re even published; this Spoonbenders novel/potential show sounds fun but also makes me long for a Curse Workers show.

Hugh Laurie & Tom Hiddleston to Star in Le Carre Miniseries

We’ve got a new John Le Carre espionage miniseries on the way, and it’s set to star Hugh Laurie and Tom Hiddleston! According to The Hollywood Reporter, the drama is in development at the BBC and currently being shopped to U.S. networks. The novel, published in the early 1990s, deals with the changing industry of espionage as the Cold War ends. I haven’t read this book yet, but I’ve loved other books of Le Carre’s, and this looks like it’s shaping up to be a great cast. Hope it all comes together as planned!