Welcome to the sixth edition of Scooping The Screen, our own new original feature in which books on television and in film will be spotlighted. This feature will be posted at varying frequencies, so please keep checking our site for further updates (although I hope to have it out at least once a week).
~BOOKS ON TELEVISION~
As we approach the end of the year, more networks are already busy making various pilot commitments for next year's fall season. Among these projects are:
The CW has ordered a one-hour drama pilot based on the anonymously penned novel Confessions of a Back-Up Dancer. It will be developed by Andrew Leeds (Bones baddie Christopher Pelant) and his writing parter David Lampson.
The CW has also ordered a pilot based on Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. Reese Witherspoon will produce the modern re-telling. For more details, please check out Deadline.
ABC has ordered a script-to-series drama project based on James Patterson's character Michael Bennett, a New York detective. His character has already been featured in five books (the most recent, I, Michael Bennett which came out in July). If the network likes the script, it will be given an automatic thirteen episode order. For more details, please check out Deadline.
NBC has also ordered a one-hour drama pilot based on Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll (The CW has previously ordered Wunderland). In this adaption, a new character Clara will realize her destiny is to save Wonderland from its queen, Alice. It will be developed by Anthony Zuiker (CSI) and Whit Anderson. For more details, check out Deadline.
Clark Gregg will resurrect his Avengers character Agent Coulson for the S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot developed for ABC by Joss Whedon. For more news on this development, please check out Deadline.
The CW made ratings news this past week with the successful series premieres of Arrow (4.14 million/1.3 demo) and Beauty and The Beast (2.78 million/1.2 demo)! Additionally. the season four premiere of The Vampire Diaries had 3.18 million viewers/1.6 demo and the second episode of Supernatural got a boost with 2.51 million viewers/1.0 demo. For more ratings news, please check out TV By The Numbers.
THIS WEEK ON BOOKISH TV...including the premiere of The Walking Dead
(click on each poster for the episode preview; only new episodes are listed)
S U N D A Y, October 13th
M O N D A Y, October 14th
W E D N E S D A Y, October 16th
T H U R S D A Y, October 17th
F R I D A Y, October 18th
S A T U R D A Y, October 19th
What are YOU looking forward to this week?
~BOOKS IN FILM~
MTV has released an exclusive behind the scenes look at the upcoming film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones based on the novel by Cassandra Clare. Check it out below and hit the comments with your thoughts! Pretty cool right? :)
Screen Gems has won the rights for the upcoming series Black City by Elizabeth Richards. The first book in the city will be released on November 13, 2012. You can also see the recently released cover art for Book 2 called Phoenix (release date: June 2013) here. For more details about this film project, head on over to The Hollywood Reporter.
BOOKISH FILM TRAILER OF THE WEEK........
Anna Karenina, based on the book by Russian writer Leo Tolstoy, will be released in theaters on November 16, 2012. The film stars Keira Knightley and Jude Law.
Well, that concludes this edition of Scooping The Screen. I hope to have additional editions out regularly.