Five New Fall TV Shows Ripped from the Pages of Books

Give television writers and producers credit: They have made fantastic shows out of some of our favorite books (Game of Thrones, Outlander), and comic book culture especially has given TV a pop-culture boost through The Walking Dead and the Marvel and DC characters that have spun out into TV dramas. Even Archie Comics has spawned Riverdale, a teen soap on the CW.

But there's plenty of room for new shows that pull great story lines out of the depths of excellent books and comics. These five television series based on books are launching now and in the near future:

Midnight TexasMidnight, Texas – Did you love HBO’s True Blood? Author Charlaine Harris wooed fans of the weird and fantastical with her Sookie Stackhouse books and the TV show inspired by it, and now her new show, Midnight, Texas recently debuted on NBC. The cast includes a psychic, vampires, weretigers, and more. (If you just whispered gleefully, “Weretigers!” then this could be the show for you.) Harris launched the book series in 2014 with Midnight Crossroad, and there are three books available to date. (First air date: July 24, 2017)


The TickThe Tick – Based on the comics by Ben Edlund, this new original series from Amazon Studios will give Tick lovers who were distraught by the end of the 2001 live-action show an excellent reason to cackle and giggle over bonkers superheroes dressed as insects and other, less obviously heroic creatures. But heroism lies in the heart, not the outfit—and so do the laughs. The pilot premiered on Amazon last year, and the rest of the full season begins August 25.


Death NoteDeath Note – Me, when I get angry, all I wish for is a scary-looking notebook in which I can write down the name of the person I’m really mad at, so that they will then die gruesomely at the hands of a death god. OK, not really, but our hero Light Turner decides that he’s going to use his newfound death-dealing notebook to rain down vengeance on the criminals plaguing his town. But there are drawbacks, of course. And not everyone thinks vigilante justice is the right path. Based on the bestselling and creepy manga series written by Tsugumi Ohba, Death Note premieres on August 25.


Mr MercedesMr. Mercedes – Stephen King’s novel of the same title forms the backbone of this crime drama. Years ago, someone driving a luxury Mercedes drove through a crowd of people, killing several before disappearing without being caught. Now the police detective who witnessed the carnage reopens the case after he is contacted by someone claiming to be the killer. Adaptations of King’s works can be hit or miss, but customers give the book itself 4.4 stars on Amazon. (August 9)


The GiftedThe Gifted – If you prefer your superheroes to be serious and have cool names, check out one of the newest additions to the Marvel TV empire, The Gifted. When two teens unexpectedly display mutant powers, it sends them and their parents on the run away from the draconian system that requires mutant registration…and into a small and hidden community of mutants who are struggling for survival and respect. While The Gifted isn’t based on a specific comic book, it is inspired by and set within the expansive and dynamic X-Men comics universe. (October 2 launch)


These are not yet scheduled for 2017, but we’re keeping our eyes open for more news on these upcoming page-to-screen TV shows: The Alienist (Caleb Carr), Strike (based on the books by J. K. Rowling writing as Robert Galbraith), Sharp Objects (Gillian Flynn), and By the Book (A.J. Jacobs’ A Year of Living Biblically).



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You forgot CBS-TV's INSTINCT, Which starts in January. Based on the latest best-selling novel MURDER GAMES by James Patterson, INSTINCT stars Alan Cumming, Bojana Novakovic, and Naveen Andrews.

Posted by: Don | Thursday August 10, 2017 at 5:48 PM

Hey it's nice of you to give us some advance info on upcoming shows, however it really "bites' when you title the article Five New Fall TV Shows giving us the impression that they ARE new Fall shows; then in a bit at the very end you say they are not yet scheduled...Really??

Posted by: M. King | Saturday August 12, 2017 at 7:16 AM

Perhaps I missed it but could you be sure to identify which streaming service or network is showing the series described in those ripped from a book, please. For example, Mr. Mercedes is showing on the AT&T service as opposed to Amazon where the book is available. Thanks!

Posted by: Anthony Burley | Saturday August 12, 2017 at 9:05 AM

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