ABC has two new shows next season that are based on novels. We already showed you quick first looks, and they haven’t released a longer trailer for Still Star-Crossed yet, but here’s Time After Time:
Thoughts? I’m . . . a little doubtful of this one, honestly. There’s a lot going on – though it’s hard to fit complicated concepts in trailers, of course – and while I don’t particularly object to violent shows, Kevin Williamson’s past few shows have relied a bit too much on the supposed sexiness of violence for me, and it looks like this one might follow suit. (At least they’re letting Bowman and Stroma keep their accents?)
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.