Daily Read (5/13/16)

I had somehow missed (or forgotten) the fact that the move based on Ruta Sepetys’s YA WWII novel Between Shades of Gray has been renamed to Ashes in the Snow but I think that’s . . . probably a good move. Anyway, casting news!

Here’s an interesting interview with the production designer of The Man in the High Castle.

If you’re looking for the BBC’s The Musketeers in the U.S., head to Hulu.

Diana Hardcastle and Kristin Booth have signed on for The Kennedys: After Camelot, based on J. Randy Taraborrelli’s After Camelot.

Dylan Walsh has joined Longmire season five.

A&E Officially Renews Longmire

LongmireGood news, Longmire fans! This news had been rumored for a while, but it’s finally official: according to TVLine, A&E has renewed the show for a third season of ten episodes to air next summer.

“Longmire has become one of the most compelling dramas on television with a devoted audience and we are so proud of the show,” A&E GM David McKillop said in announcing the pick-up. “We are thrilled to continue our wonderful partnership with Warner Horizon Television, the production team, and the talented cast and crew led by the exceptional Robert Taylor.”

Are you happy about this news? Will you watch the new season?

Longmire Returns: “Unquiet Mind”

LongmireLongmire is one of those quiet shows that I don’t really talk or read about that much, but over its first season I came to really love it, and I was delighted to get it back for a second season this week. (I was going to try to review the first novel in time for this premiere, but someone else has had my city library’s copy for a while, so you’ll get that review whenever I get my hands on the book.) I’ve seen some viewers say they didn’t like this premiere much, because it just sort of meandered along as the show has been doing, or because they want Katee Sackhoff’s Vic to do more. But I liked it! Did you like it?

Specifically, I liked “Unquiet Mind” because I thought it did a very good job of illustrating the fact that Walt Longmire isn’t just a one-dimensional lawman of few words. He’s got a lot going on psychologically beneath the surface, and his ordeal in this episode was a good way to remind viewers of this (and show new viewers what’s going on). It will be interesting to see if and how the various themes brought up in his ramblings and hallucinations will be important in the rest of the season. I’m particularly curious to see what’s going on with his daughter.

Any Longmire fans out there? What did you think? If there’s interest, I’ll try to check in on the show periodically throughout the season.

Sherlock Wins TV Episode Edgar

SherlockThe Edgar Awards were handed out last week by the Mystery Writers of America, and this year’s TV Episode Teleplay award went to the Sherlock episode “A Scandal in Belgravia.” Congratulations, Sherlock! The other nominees included episodes of adaptations Elementary, Justified, and Longmire, as well as an episode of Homeland. You can see all the nominees and winners here.

Longmire Season 2 to Premiere May 27th

LongmireA&E has announced that the second season of its mystery series Longmire will premiere on Monday, May 27th at 10/9c. It stars Robert Taylor as Wyoming sheriff Walt Longmire and is based on the novels of Craig Johnson. (Start with The Cold Dish.) This is a quiet, understated show, but I really enjoyed the first season last summer and I’m looking forward to seeing where it goes.

Edgar Teleplay Nominations: 40% Holmes

The EdgarsThe Edgar Award nominations were announced by the Mystery Writers of American this week, and both current Sherlock Holmes adaptations were included in the TV Episode Teleplay category:

“Pilot” – Longmire, Teleplay by Hunt Baldwin & John Coveny (A&E/Warner Horizon Television)
“Child Predator” – elemeNtarY, Teleplay by Peter Blake (CBS Productions)
“Slaughterhouse” – Justified, Teleplay by Fred Golan (Sony Pictures Television/FX Productions)
“A Scandal in Belgravia” – Sherlock, Teleplay by Steven Moffat (BBC/Masterpiece)
“New Car Smell” – Homeland, Teleplay by Meredith Stiehm (Showtime/Fox21)

In addition, Justified is of course based on Elmore Leonard’s work, and Longmire is based on Craig Johnson’s mystery series that starts with The Cold Dish. (And off the top of my head, there are movies in the works based on at least two of the Best Novel nominees, Gone Girl and Live by Night.)