In the old days of television we had three networks and had to wait until the fall for new shows. In the summer… nothing but reruns. Today, we have hundreds of channels and all the hottest shows premiere in the summertime, many of them based on books available at Eisenhower.
Julian Fellowes, the creator of Downton Abbey, is back with a new show on Amazon Prime adapted from the1858 book Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope, a writer of political and romantic novels during the Victorian Era.
Alex Haley’s book Roots and the miniseries based on it were huge sensations in the late 1970’s. The story of Kunta Kinte and the horrors of American slavery is ready for a re-telling on the History Channel.
AMC’s Preacher stars Dominic Cooper as a man of the cloth who sets off across the country in search of God with his ex-girlfriend and their vampiric friend after being given supernatural powers by a mysterious entity. Sounds just about as crazy as the Garth Ennis graphic novels the show is based on.
Submission on Showtime will probably be a bit more risque than any other new show. Its story of a young woman inspired by erotic novels to experiment sexually is aimed directly at the Fifty Shades of Grey crowd.
Already renewed for a second season before even premiering, Cinemax is counting on the popularity of The Walking Dead and its creator, Robert Kirkman, to propel his new show Outcast to similar success. In the source graphic novels, a young man struggles to understand why he’s suffered from demonic possession his entire life.