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.
Good news for fans of historical shows: Herbert Asbury’s book The Barbary Coast about the 1849 Gold Rush is being made into a TV show with… Kate Hudson, Kurt Russell, and Mel Gibson? That’s, uh, quite a group. (Oliver Hudson and Wyatt Russell are also involved. It’s quite the family affair.)
ABC Family announced yesterday that Pretty Little Liars has been renewed for two more seasons – seasons six and seven. Season five premiered last night. Here are some details from The Hollywood Reporter:
Season six will debut in mid-2015, while the seventh will kick off in mid-2016. Details on episode counts were not disclosed, though Pretty Little Liars seasons have often hovered around 22-25 episodes, including holiday-themed hours. (This season, the series will air its first Christmas episode.)
The People’s Choice Awards were given out last night and several adaptations were recognized. On the movie side, Carrie won Favorite Horror Movie and The Hunger Games: Catching Fire won Favorite Year End Movie. Iron Man 3 won both Favorite Movie and Favorite Action Movie, and its Robert Downey Jr. won Favorite Action Movie Hero.
And on the TV side, Orange Is the New Black won Favorite Streaming Series, The Walking Dead won Favorite Cable TV Drama (and Rick Grimes won Favorite TV Anti-Hero), and Lucy Hale from Pretty Little Liars won Favorite Cable TV Actress. The Vampire Diaries got two wins, with Favorite Sci-Fi/Fantasy Actor for Ian Somerhalder and Favorite On-Screen Chemistry for Damon and Elena. Congratulations all!
Pretty Little Liars hasn’t even finished its current season – the spring finale is next Tuesday, March 19th – but fans will barely even have time to miss it, as ABC Family has already announced its return among a slew of summer premiere dates. Season four of the mystery based on Sara Shepard’s books will begin on June 11th at 8/7c, followed by the premiere of the network’s new show Twisted.