There are a ton of incredible books coming to TV this year! Here’s every show based on a book from now through the end of 2014, in order of premiere date. Which ones are you most excited for?
1. A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin (Game of Thrones)
The publisher says: Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; and a determined woman undertakes the most treacherous of journeys. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks of Winterfell, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.
Season 4 premiere: April 6, 2014 on HBO
Starring: Peter Dinklage, Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke
2. Washington’s Spies by Alexander Rose (Turn)
The publisher says: Based on remarkable new research, acclaimed historian Alexander Rose brings to life the true story of the spy ring that helped America win the Revolutionary War. For the first time, Rose takes us beyond the battlefront and deep into the shadowy underworld of double agents and triple crosses, covert operations and code breaking, and unmasks the courageous, flawed men who inhabited this wilderness of mirrors—including the spymaster at the heart of it all.
Series premiere: April 6, 2014 on AMC
Starring: Jamie Bell, Seth Numrich, Heather Lind
3. Undateable by Ellen Rakieten and Anne Coyle
The publisher says: Did your date show up wearing socks with sandals? Are tighty-whities a deal-breaker for you? Do fanny packs make you want to run for the door? This book is for every woman who’s ever wondered where to draw the line, and every guy who’s ever asked, “What did I do wrong?”
Series premiere: May 29, 2014 on NBC
Starring: Chris D’Elia, Brent Morin, Bianca Kajlich
4. The Republic of Pirates by Colin Woodard (Crossbones)
The publisher says: In the early eighteenth century, the Pirate Republic was home to some of the great pirate captains, including Blackbeard, “Black Sam” Bellamy, and Charles Vane. They cut off trade routes, sacked slave ships, and severed Europe from its New World empires, and for a brief, glorious period, the Republic was a success.
Series premiere: May 30, 2014 on NBC
Starring: John Malkovich
5. Orange is the New Black by Piper Kerman
The publisher says: With a career, a boyfriend, and a loving family, Piper Kerman barely resembles the reckless young woman who delivered a suitcase of drug money ten years before. But that past has caught up with her. Convicted and sentenced to fifteen months at the infamous federal correctional facility in Danbury, Connecticut, the well-heeled Smith College alumna is now inmate #11187–424—one of the millions of people who disappear “down the rabbit hole” of the American penal system. Heartbreaking, hilarious, and at times enraging, Kerman’s story offers a rare look into the lives of women in prison—why it is we lock so many away and what happens to them when they’re there.
Season 2 premiere: June 6, 2014 on Netflix
Starring: Taylor Schilling, Laura Prepon, Jason Biggs
6. Pretty Little Liars by Sara Shepard
The publisher says: Everyone has something to hide—especially high school juniors Spencer, Aria, Emily, and Hanna. Spencer covets her sister’s boyfriend. Aria’s fantasizing about her English teacher. Emily’s crushing on the new girl at school. Hanna uses some ugly tricks to stay beautiful. But they’ve all kept an even bigger secret since their friend Alison vanished…
Season 5 premiere: June 10, 2014 on ABC Family
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
7. The Leftovers by Tom Perrotta
The publisher says: What if—whoosh, right now, with no explanation—a number of us simply vanished? Would some of us collapse? Would others of us go on, one foot in front of the other, as we did before the world turned upside down? That’s what the bewildered citizens of Mapleton, who lost many of their neighbors, friends and lovers in the event known as the Sudden Departure, have to figure out.
Series premiere: June 15, 2014 on HBO
Starring: Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston, Liv Tyler, Ann Dowd
8. Rizzoli & Isles by Tess Gerritsen
The publisher says: Two years ago, Dr. Catherine Cordell fought back and filled an attacker before he could complete his assault. Now a new killer is re-creating, with chilling accuracy, the details of Cordell’s ordeal. With every new murder he seems to be taunting her, cutting ever closer, from her hospital to her home. And neither Detective Thomas Moore nor Jane Rizzoli can protect Cordell from a ruthless hunter who somehow understands—and savors—the secret fears of every woman he kills.
Season 5 premiere: June 17, 2014 on TNT
Starring: Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander
9. The Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris (True Blood)
The publisher says: Sookie Stackhouse is just a small-time cocktail waitress in small-town Louisiana. Until the vampire of her dreams walks into her life-and one of her coworkers checks out… Maybe having a vampire for a boyfriend isn’t such a bright idea.
Season 7 premiere: June 22, 2014 on HBO
Starring: Anna Paquin, Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgård
10. Under the Dome by Stephen King
The publisher says: On an entirely normal, beautiful fall day in Chester’s Mill, Maine, the town is inexplicably and suddenly sealed off from the rest of the world by an invisible force field. Dale Barbara, Iraq vet and now a short-order cook, finds himself teamed with a few intrepid citizens—town newspaper owner Julia Shumway, a physician’s assistant at the hospital, a select-woman, and three brave kids. Against them stands Big Jim Rennie, a politician who will stop at nothing—even murder—to hold the reins of power, and his son, who is keeping a horrible secret in a dark pantry. But their main adversary is the Dome itself. Because time isn’t just short. It’s running out.
Season 2 premiere: June 30, 2014 on CBS
Starring: Mike Vogel, Rachelle Lefevre, Dean Norris
11. The Strain by Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
The publisher says: An epic battle for survival begins between man and vampire in The Strain—the first book in a heart-stopping trilogy from one of Hollywood’s most inventive storytellers and a critically acclaimed thriller writer.
Series premiere: July 2014 on FX
Starring: Corey Stoll, David Bradley, Kevin Durand
12. The Walking Dead by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
The publisher says: Rick Grimes, Sheriff of a small town in Kentucky awakes in a hospital. Comatose after being shot while on duty, Rick finds the world abandoned of all things living and is faced with walking undead, who attack him on sight. He returns home to find his family, son Carl and wife Lori, gone. He meets his new neighbor, who points him towards Atlanta. After retrieving supplies from the abandoned Police Station, Rick sets off to Atlanta to search for his family.
Season 5 premiere: Oct. 12, 2014 on AMC
Starring: Andrew Lincoln, Steven Yeun, Chandler Riggs, Norman Reedus
13. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
The publisher says: A deadly love triangle. Elena: beautiful and popular, the girl who can have any guy she wants. Stefan: brooding and mysterious, desperately trying to resist his desire for Elena… for her own good. Damon: sexy, dangerous, and driven by an urge for revenge against Stefan, the brother who betrayed him. Elena finds herself drawn to both brothers… who will she choose?
Season 6 premiere: October 2014 on The CW
Starring: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder
14. Outlander by Diana Gabaldon
The publisher says: In 1946, after WWII, a young Englishwoman named Claire Beauchamp Randall goes to the Scottish Highlands with her husband, Frank. She’s an ex-combat nurse, he’s been in the army as well, they’ve been separated for the last six years, and this is a second honeymoon; they’re getting re-acquainted with each other, thinking of starting a family. But one day Claire goes out walking by herself, and comes across a circle of standing stones—such circles are in fact common all over northern Britain. She walks through a cleft stone in the circle…and disappears. Back into 1743, where the first person she meets is a gentleman in an 18th-century army officer’s uniform…
Series premiere: Summer 2014 on Starz
Starring: Caitriona Balfe, Sam Heughan, Tobias Menzies
15. Boardwalk Empire by Nelson Johnson
The publisher says: This riveting and wide-reaching history explores the sordid past of Atlantic City—forever a freewheeling town long-dedicated to the fast buck—from the city’s heyday as a Prohibition-era mecca of lawlessness to its rebirth as a legitimate casino resort in the modern era.
Season 5 premiere: Fall 2014 on HBO
Starring: Steve Buscemi, Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon
16. The Terror by Dan Simmons
The publisher says: The men on board HMS Terror have every expectation of triumph. As part of the 1845 Franklin Expedition, the first steam-powered vessels ever to search for the legendary Northwest Passage, they are as scientifically supported an enterprise as has ever set forth. As they enter a second summer in the Arctic Circle without a thaw, though, they are stranded in a nightmarish landscape of encroaching ice and darkness. There is something out there in the frigid darkness: an unseen predator stalking their ship, a monstrous terror constantly clawing to get in…
Series premiere: 2014 on AMC
17. The Sherlock Holmes novels and stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Elementary)
The publisher says: In his consulting room at 221B Baker Street, the master sleuth receives a stream of desperate clients all with baffling and bizarre puzzles for him to solve—and thanks to his intuition and logic, he never fails to crack the case.
Season 3 premiere: 2014 on CBS
Starring: Jonny Lee Miller, Lucy Liu
18. The Astronaut Wives Club by Lily Koppel
The publisher says: As America’s Mercury Seven astronauts were launched on death-defying missions, television cameras focused on the brave smiles of their young wives. Overnight, these women were transformed from military spouses into American royalty. They had tea with Jackie Kennedy, appeared on the cover of Life magazine, and quickly grew into fashion icons. Together they formed the Astronaut Wives Club, providing one another with support and friendship, coffee and cocktails. As their celebrity rose—and as divorce and tragic death began to touch their lives—they continued to rally together, and forming bonds that would withstand the test of time, and they have stayed friends for over half a century.
Series premiere: 2014 on ABC
Starring: Odette Annable, Joanna García, Azure Parsons
19. The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving (Sleepy Hollow)
The publisher says: The story of Ichabod Crane, a sycophantic, lean, lanky, and extremely superstitious schoolmaster from Connecticut, who competes with Abraham “Brom Bones” Van Brunt, the town rowdy, for the hand of 18-year-old Katrina Van Tassel, the daughter and sole child of a wealthy farmer, Baltus Van Tassel.
Season 2 premiere: 2014 on FOX
Starring: Tom Mison, Nicole Beharie, Orlando Jones
20. The Colorado Kid by Stephen King (Haven)
The publisher says: On an island off the coast of Maine, a man is found dead. There’s no identification on the body. Only the dogged work of a pair of local newspapermen and a graduate student in forensics turns up any clues. But that’s just the beginning of the mystery. Because the more they learn about the man and the baffling circumstances of his death, the less they understand. Was it an impossible crime? Or something stranger still…?
Season 5 premiere: 2014 on Syfy
Starring: Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour
21. Hemlock Grove by Brian McGreevy
The publisher says: The body of a young girl is found mangled and murdered in the woods of Hemlock Grove, Pennsylvania, in the shadow of the abandoned Godfrey Steel mill. A manhunt ensues—though the authorities aren’t sure if it’s a man they should be looking for…
Season 2 premiere: 2014 on Netflix
Starring: Famke Janssen, Bill Skarsgård, Landon Liboiron
22. Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell by Susanna Clarke
The publisher says: An epic tale of nineteenth-century England and the two magicians who emerge to change its history. In the year 1806, in the midst of the Napoleonic Wars, most people believe magic to have long since disappeared from England—until the reclusive Mr Norrell reveals his powers and becomes a celebrity overnight. Another practising magician emerges: the young and daring Jonathan Strange. He becomes Norrell’s pupil and the two join forces in the war against France. But Strange is increasingly drawn to the wildest, most perilous forms of magic and soon he risks sacrificing not only his partnership with Norrell, but everything else he holds dear.
Series premiere: 2014 on BBC America
Starring: Eddie Marsan, Bertie Carvel, Alice Englert
23. The Evert Bäckström series by Leif G. W. Persson (Backstrom)
The publisher says: In the middle of an unusually hot Swedish summer, a young woman studying at the Vaxjo Police Academy is brutally murdered. Police Inspector Evert Backstrom is unwillingly drafted in from Stockholm to head up the investigation. Egotistical, vain and utterly prejudiced against everything, Backstrom is a man who has no sense of duty or responsibility, thinks everyone with the exception of himself is an imbecile and is only really capable of warm feelings towards his pet goldfish and the nearest bottle of liquor. If they are to solve the case, his long suffering team must work around him, following the scant few leads which remain after Backstrom’s intransigence has let the trail go cold…
Series premiere: 2014 on FOX
Starring: Rainn Wilson
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