TMP Television Edition: Book Adaptations

Hey, guys!
Welcome to another entry for Thursday Movie Picks.
It’s a series hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves, so if you want to join the party, head over to her blog! It’s pretty easy: check out each week’s topic and come up with 3 to 5 movies that fit the theme.
It’s the last Thursday of the month which means we’re doing TV instead of films. Specifically, today we’re talking about TV shows that are based on books!

#1 Good Omens

Let’s start with Good Omens. By now, I’ve read a couple Neil Gaiman books and watched their adaptations. Most of the time I really appreciate the idea but I don’t love the execution in written form. It was the same with Good Omens. The adaptation, though is amazing. They took all the bits I loved from the book and made them perfect. Also, David Tennant and Michael Sheen (!!!).

#2 The Umbrella Academy

I’m in a similar boat with this one. I read the comics and found them a bit confusing but I loved the idea. Netflix really nailed it with this adaptation. The two season we have are amazing, I love the soundtrack of both but was especially excited about the setting and costumes of the second one.

#3 Watchmen

Another brilliant one. While the movie was slightly misguided the Watchmen TV show is amazing. Strictly speaking, it’s not a direct adaptation of the comics but rather picks up after them. I still wanted to include it in this list, though, as it’s just soooo good!

What’s your favorite TV show based on a book? Let me know in the comments!

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16 thoughts on “TMP Television Edition: Book Adaptations

  1. I haven’t seen any of these yet though Good Omens is on my watchlist because of Michael Sheen. I HATED the film version of Watchmen so even if I had a chance I’ll never watch the show. The Umbrella Academy is new to me but I don’t have Netflix so chances of seeing it are slim.

    Lots of ways to go with this so….It’s a theme within the theme this week; all biographical adaptations starring Lee Remick, a huge favorite of mine. A major film star in the 60’s (The Days of Wine and Roses, Anatomy of a Murder) she moved between film (The Omen, The Europeans) and TV in the 70’s then focused almost exclusively on television in the 80’s becoming one of the queens of the miniseries genre until her 1991 death from cancer at only 55. She was Emmy nominated for this trio.

    Jennie: Lady Randolph Churchill (1974)-Seven-part miniseries adaptation of the Ralph G. Martin biography of the same name. Following the life of American heiress Jennie Jerome (Lee) from her first teenage meeting with British aristocrat Randolph Churchill, their often rocky marriage, her rise in political circles both as Randolph’s wife and later the strong influence she exerted over son Winston while living a colorful and complicated life of her own.

    Haywire (1980)-Based on eldest daughter Brooke’s memoir this two-part miniseries details the complex, troubled and dysfunctional marriage and home life of stage and film star Margaret Sullavan (Lee) and super-agent Leland Hayward (Jason Robards Jr.) and their three children. Powerfully told but not a happy tale-between the couple they had 9 marriages (ironically Leland’s last wife (of 5) was the ex-wife of Winston Churchill’s son.) Margaret Sullavan and her two younger children died by their own hand. Henry Fonda was Maggie Sullavan’s first husband and the pair (and their children) remained close throughout her life-actress Bridget Fonda is named in memory of youngest daughter Bridget Hayward who was romantically involved with Peter Fonda at the time of her death.

    Nutcracker: Money, Murder, Madness (1987)-Three-part miniseries adapted from Shana Alexander’s true crime book about Frances Schreuder (Lee), an amoral and rapacious New York socialite who manipulated and dominated her sons, ultimately pushing one into madness and the other to murder her own father, multi-millionaire industrialist Franklin Bradshaw, for financial gain.

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  3. Watchmen is indeed amazing. Thanks for including it, here. I’ve seen The Umbrella Academy here & there when I see my daughter watching. I enjoyed what I’ve watched, but haven’t decided to go all in, yet. Just so many shows and movies to watch. Haven’t seen any of your first pick.

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  4. I love Good Omens and the 2 stars have great chemistry together. It was so well done and I love the animated beginning with that great music. Did you hear they are making a sequel? I will look forward to it. I haven’t seen the other 2.

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