Our pick of all the bestselling stories making it to the small screen this season
Gripping novels make for great visual matter. We have shows like House of Cards, Orange is the New Black and several others as cases in point. As Benedict Cumberbatch returns, more vulnerable than ever, in season 4 of Sherlock, and George RR Martin’s Game of Thrones sets itself up for a much-awaited finale next year, here’s a look at some of the other novel-based TV shows to watch out for in the coming weeks.
Cormoran Strike, HBO, TBA
After the TV success of her novel The Casual Vacancy, JK Rowling is back on the small screen with the Cormoran Strike, based on the first three books from her Strike series. Following the life of the eponymous character, a war veteran-turned-private detective, as he finds his work bringing him acclaim, the series will air in three seasons named after the books — the three-hour The Cuckoo’s Calling, the two-hour The Silkworm and the two-hour Career Of Evil. Brit actors Tom Burke and Holliday Grainger play Strike and his assistant Robin Ellacott.
Under The Dome, AXN, Monday to Friday, 10 pm
The residents of the town of Chester’s Mill wake up to find themselves trapped under an indestructible, transparent dome, and while rest of the world is trying to get past it, people under the dome must try to survive or destroy the dome. Based on the novel of the same name by American author Stephen King, the series just entered its third and final season, which will see how people find an exit from the dome and become free or so they think, only to find out that something worse is waiting for them.
Netflix, January 13- Neil Patrick Harris as Count Olaf, in the trailer of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events, is as dark as you’d like him to be. Recounting the tragic tale of the Baudelaire orphans — Violet, Klaus and Sunny, the show follows their lives as they try to one up Olaf, who will leave no stone unturned to get their inheritance. With David Handler (the author behind the pen name Lemony Snicket) and Barry Sonnenfeld on board, here’s a thriller you can’t miss.
More to see
? Anil Kapoor, who gave us the thrilling drama series, 24, will be seen in Amazon’s original pilot project based on Michael Faber’s The Book Of Strange New Things, which revolves around a priest who is sent to space to find a new colony.
? It couldn’t make us happier to see Anne Rice’s The Vampire Chronicles come to life. While Rice announced the series being scripted by her son, Christopher Rice and herself, she shared that the series will start with The Vampire Lestat. The books follow the life of Lestat de Lioncourt, a French nobleman who turns into a vampire in the 18th century.
Text: Saloni Sinha and Lavanya Lakshminarayanan