In addition to the multitude of film adaptations hitting theaters this year, there are also quite a few small screen adaptations in the works. Here are nine premiering during the first half of 2017.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
A Series of Unfortunate Events is based on the children’s book series by Lemony Snicket (Daniel Handler’s pen name). It follows the woeful adventures of three orphans whose parents were killed in a mysterious fire and are sent to live with the villainous Count Olaf.
Air Date: January 13 on Netflix
Starring: Neil Patrick Harris, Patrick Warburton, Joan Cusack
I’m cheating a bit on this one because technically Victoria isn’t based on a book, but the creator of the series did publish a book version of the story in November, so it’s almost the same thing. It is about the early reign of Queen Victoria and her relationship with her Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne.
Air Date: January 15 on PBS
Starring: Jenna Coleman, Rufus Sewell
Legion is a new superhero series based on the X-Men comics that focuses on the character Legion, Charles Xavier’s son. He is diagnosed as schizophrenic at a young age but comes to realize that his illness may be more than it appears to be after an encounter with a fellow patient at a mental hospital.
Air Date: February 8 on FX
Starring: Dan Stevens, Aubrey Plaza, Katie Aselton
Big Little Lies
Little Big Lies is based on the 2014 novel by Liane Moriarty. According to Amazon, it’s “a brilliant take on ex-husbands and second wives, mothers and daughters, schoolyard scandal, and the dangerous little lies we tell ourselves just to survive.”
Air Date: February 19 on HBO
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley, Alexander Skarsgård, Zoë Kravitz
The Son is based on the 2013 multi-generational Texas Western by Philipp Meyer. The book was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
Air Date: April 4 on AMC
Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Henry Garrett, Shane Graham, Caleb Burgess, Electra Avellan, Sydney Lucas
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The Handmaid’s Tale
The Handmaid’s Tale is based on the 1985 feminist classic by Margaret Atwood. It is set in a dystopian society where women’s rights are a thing of the past and fertility rates have plummeted to record lows. The few remaining fertile women, known as “handmaids,” are legally enslaved to powerful men who force them to have their children.
Air Date: April 26 on Hulu
Starring: Elizabeth Moss, Joseph Fiennes, Samira Wiley, Alexis Bledel
American Gods is based on the 2001 novel by Neil Gaiman about an ex-con who accepts a job from a man who turns out to be the god Odin.
Air Date: TBA April on Starz
Starring: Ricky Whittle, Emily Browning, Gillian Anderson, Pablo Schreiber, Orlando Jones, Cloris Leachman, Kristin Chenoweth
Anne is based on the classic 1908 book by L.M. Montgomery about an orphan girl who is adopted by an elderly brother and sister from Prince Edward Island.
Air Date: TBA Spring on Netflix
Starring: Amybeth McNulty, Dalila Bela, Corinne Koslo
Still Star-Crossed is a television sequel to Romeo and Juliet. It follows Rosaline, Juliet’s cousin who first attracted the romantic attentions of Romeo. In order to end the violence between the Montagues and the Capulets, Prince Escapes orders the marriage of Rosaline and Benvolio, but both are determined to end the feud without having to wed.
Air Date: TBA on ABC
Starring: Ebonee Noel, Torrance Coombs, Grant Bowler, Anthony Head (Giles!), Zuleikha Robinson
Which TV adaptations are you most looking forward to watching?
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