Last year was a banner year for book-to-TV adaptations. Remember Sharp Objects? Still freaking out over You? Never fear—Hollywood is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down on adaptations (it's so satisfying to see your favorite characters come to life, why would they?), and this year will bring some of the biggest ones. We've got sci-fi, we've got comedies, and a spin-off of a beloved series. Anything you want on screen, it seems 2019 will deliver. Below, all of the books that are becoming TV shows to expect this year; trust me, your new favorite Friday night binge is in here.
Starring: Lana Condor, Benedict Wong, Benjamin Wadsworth
Premiere Date: January 16 on SyFy
What's It About?: Taking place in the late '80s, a homeless, aimless teen falls into King's Dominion, an exclusive elite school for crime families to send their offspring and ensure their legacies. If you thought high school was hard, imagine if all your classmates were capable of murder.
Starring: Chris Pine, India Eisley
Premiere Date: January 28 on TNT
What's It About?: Retitled I Am The Night for TV, this miniseries reunites Wonder Woman's Patty Jenkins and Chris Pine to tell the story of a woman who, after being cast off by her family, found herself searching for the truth of her past. A past that brings her all the way back to the mysterious, still-unsolved “Black Dahlia” murder of Elizabeth Short.
Starring: Ellen Page, Robert Sheehan, Tom Hopper, Mary J. Blige
Premiere Date: February 15 on Netflix
What's It About?: Okay, easy: In an alternate universe, dozens of non-pregnant women find themselves delivering babies in some crazy immaculate conception, and a bazillionaire (well, just a millionaire) adopts seven of them. The kids are bonded by their benefactor, who hopes to unite them to protect the world from evil. They wind up splitting up—until their dad's passing, when they reunite with intentions of, well, saving the world from evil.
Starring: Aidy Bryant, Lolly Adefope, John Cameron Mitchell, Julia Sweeney
Premiere Date: March 15 on Hulu
What's It About? The series stars Bryant as Annie, "a fat young woman who wants to change her life—but not her body." While trying to make it as a journalist, dealing with sick parents, an overbearing boss, and ain't-shit boyfriends, Annie also has the burden of living in a world that doesn't deem her worthy due to her weight, and instead of wallowing in it, she decides to take ownership of it.
Starring: Janel Parrish, Sasha Pieterse, Kelly Rutherford
Premiere Date: March 20 on Freeform
What's It About?: Hey, it's the same people who brought you Pretty Little Liars! This spin-off takes the show from Rosewood to seemingly-perfect Beacon Heights, and follows Pieterse's Allison DiLaurentis and Parrish's Mona Vanderwaal through their own murder mystery. Can't these girls catch a break?
Starring: Ashleigh Cummings, Zachary Quinto
Premiere Date: April 30 on AMC
What's It About?: A modern retelling of Nosferatu (a German horror film from the '20s), the show follows a young artist as she discovers she has supernatural abilities, including the ability to track semi-immortal Charlie Manx. Manx's preferred way of maintaining his immortality is feeding on the souls of children and then dumping their remains in a portal called Christmasland, dooming them to lives as pet vampires. What did Christmas do to deserve that?
Starring: George Clooney, Christopher Abbott, Hugh Laurie, Kyle Chandler
Premiere Date: May 17 on Hulu
What's It About?: Way more than Clooney's return to the small screen, Catch-22 is based on that book you were assigned to read in high school but, uh, never got around to. Abbott stars as "the incomparable, artful dodger, Yossarian, a US Army Air Forces bombardier in World War II who is furious because thousands of people he has never met are trying to kill him." Dodging isn't a smart move though—it puts him in violation of Catch-22, a rule that "specifies that a concern for one’s own safety in the face of dangers which are real and immediate is the process of a rational mind; a man is considered insane if he willingly continues to fly dangerous combat missions, but a request to be removed from duty is evidence of sanity and therefore makes him ineligible to be relieved from duty." And yes, this is where the phrase comes from.
Starring: Michael Sheen, David Tennant, Jon Hamm, Nick Offerman, Miranda Richardson
Premiere Date: May 31 on Amazon Prime
What's It About?: Probably the most fan-ticipated show of the season (other than the final season of Game of Thrones), Good Omens is Gaiman fulfilling a promise to Gaiman to adapt the book to screen. The show follows the unlikely friendship between an angel and a demon on Earth who have to work together to stop the end of the world, after Satan's son is somehow born. I know, right?
Starring: Regina King, Jeremy Irons, Jean Smart
Premiere Date: TBD 2019 on HBO
What's It About?: Got Marvel fatigue? Watchmen is perfect for you. The Leftovers' Damon Lindelof created this new adaptation for HBO, which takes place in an alternate universe where superheroes are now outlaws.
Starring: Dafne Keen, James McAvoy, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Ruth Wilson
Premiere Date: TBD 2019 on HBO
What's It About?: Another sci-fi show based on a series of books (sound familiar?), 'His Dark Materials' tells the story of 12-year-old Lyra Belacqua and her shadow/dæmon Pantalaimonas as they try to locate Lyra's friend who has been kidnapped, traveling through dangerous locations and meeting some eccentric characters along the way—and maybe even uncovering a vast conspiracy.
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