After whisperings back in 2010, it looks like another series based on the supernatural stylings of Charlaine Harris is finally making its way to the small screen: Entertainment Weekly reports that the author's Harper Connelly mystery series (not to be confused with the Southern Gothic vampire sex chronicles that inspired HBO's "True Blood") is being eyed by Syfy for a new show called "Grave Sight."
Fans of the Harris signature style will recognize some familiar elements in this show-to-be: a small town, a psychic protagonist, a buried filthy history of SECRETS and LIES and MURDER, and, of course, characters with names so ridiculous that anyone sporting them in reality would be subject to a lifetime of playground beatdowns at the hands of a bully named Biff. (Current favorite: Harper's stepbrother, whose name is "Tolliver Lang." Tolliver!)
The end is coming for Sookie Stackhouse, and author Charlaine Harris is going to be the lady to finish her off.
When MTV News caught up with Charlaine at the "True Blood" premiere last month, she dished that there were only going to be two more books in Sookie's long-running series (on which the HBO series is based). As fans of both the books and the TV show here at Hollywood Crush, we understand that the two are becoming entirely different beasts, with the main connecting thread the swoon-worthiness of Eric Northman. Let's just say that book 11, "Dead Reckoning," left us in a very different place than "True Blood" is headed, and we're expecting the two series to have significantly different conclusions as well.
Only Alan Ball and HBO know how long the show will end up running, but with the end in sight for the books, fellow fangirl Kara Warner and I have detailed some major things we'd like to have happen before Charlaine closes the book on Sookie for good. Beware, SPOILERS for the novels abound after the jump!
Dystopian may be so de rigueur in the world of young-adult literature right now (thanks, Suzanne Collins), but don't count supernatural stunners out just yet. In fact, a slew of other-worldly novels are hitting bookstore shelves this spring and summer. From Josephine Angelini's "Starcrossed" to Richelle Mead's "Bloodlines" (out August 23)—our beach bag will be overflowing with blood-thirsty vampires, beguiling fairies and sexy werewolves.
What better time, then, to reflect on some of the genre's most kick-butt stars—the Badass Supernatural Heroines of YA who give girls a good name? It's a topic we could write a manifesto on, but we'll settle for a blog post instead. Hollywood Crush writers Kara Warner, Sabrina Rojas Weiss and Amy Wilkinson present their favorite supernatural sisters (in no particular order):
What do vampires, rich kids, cheerleaders and a group of liars have in common? They all make for excellent television, for one—but they're also perfect for the written word too.
In the spirit of today's awesome teen-friendly book release schedule (Teen Lit Tuesday!), Hollywood Crush wants to know—which of TV's numerous book-to-screen adaptations is your favorite? In that vein, just how many of our favorite shows actually got their start as books?
Turns out it's a lot. "Gossip Girl" and "The Vampire Diaries," two of The CW's most successful shows, are both based on popular teen lit series by Cecily von Ziegesar and L.J. Smith—though you probably knew that. But did you know "Hellcats" is also based on a book? "Cheer!," by Kate Torgovnik, is a non-fiction account of the competitive college cheerleading world—kind of like the "Friday Night Lights" of pom poms and spandex.
And let's not forget about Rosewood's most scandalous group of teenagers, the four ladies of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," who got their start as a series of books by Sara Shepard. (Not to mention the pilot the network just ordered based on Sara's newest series, "The Lying Game.")
Although we know waiting sucks, passing time until "True Blood" returns on June 26 is a little easier with one of Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse novels. (Yeah, we know they're not YA, but we're including them because we can! Okay!?) Much like "Gossip Girl" and "TVD," "True Blood" skews very different from the books—but that's almost more fun, since you have two separate storylines for the same beloved characters.
So tell us: Which book-to-TV adaptation is your favorite? Vote in our poll after the jump!
The news over the past few weeks has been filled with break-ups, pregnancies and Robert Pattinson, but if there's one thing we've been missing it's updates on season four of "True Blood." This season is shaping up to be the best one yet, and we've already learned about plenty of new faces headed to Bon Temps.
Deadline has learned that there's another new character entering the "True Blood" universe: former Miss Columbia, Paola Turbay, has joined the cast as a fluent Spanish-speaker named Antonia. There's not too much announced about her character, but since we've read the fourth book in Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire Mysteries series, "Dead to the World," we have an inkling how she'll fit into the show. Be warned, spoilers lie ahead!
Every loyal book fan wishes their favorite authors could get a movie deal like J.K. Rowling or Stephenie Meyer's—almost complete control over how their novels are translated onto the big screen. But that's not the way things usually go, and "Vampire Academy" author Richelle Mead is completely aware of that fact. When we caught up with her on the eve of the release of "Last Sacrifice," the final chapter in her series about born vampires and their badass half-breed protectors, we pumped her for news on what's happening with the "Vampire Academy" movie, which was optioned by Preger Entertainment and producer Don Murphy ("Natural Born Killers," "Apt Pupil").
"It's such a funny thing, the movie business," Richelle said. "There's no action going on right now. There's no production, no casting, no scripting. There's nothing for me to be involved in at the moment. They're certainly in touch all the time. Right now, they're out soliciting studios and writers."
Looks like Courtney Ford is the latest actress to be bitten by the vampire bug. She recently appeared on "The Vampire Diaries" as Duke graduate student Vanessa, and now she's the latest actress to come on board for "True Blood"'s fourth season. Just like on "The Vampire Diaries," Courtney will be playing a human character surrounded by vampires, but we're hoping her stint on "True Blood" lasts a bit longer. Deadline reports that she will be playing Portia Bellefleur, the stiff, lawyer sister of Detective Andy Bellefleur.
For those of you who have read the "Southern Vampire Mysteries" novels, you know that Portia's first appearance serves a very particular purpose in the Sookie-Bill romance. Considering the two of them weren't on the best of terms when season three finished, we could see Alan Ball cooking up a very similar plotline for the television series.
It's only been two months, but boy have we been missing "True Blood." So must the folks over at CBS, because they just greenlit Charlaine Harris' Harper Connelly book series, which will be adapted by Ridley and Tony Scott's production company into a new mystery series called "Grave Sight," Variety reports.
We're pretty excited that Charlaine's lesser-known series about a woman struck by lightning who is then able to see the last moments of people's lives, is making its way to the small screen. The big question is whether the show will be as good—or better—than "True Blood."
"Grave Sight" has a long way to go before it will be ready for television, but there are a few things that "True Blood" has over it. First is the involvement of creator Alan Ball, whose complex views on death and overall awesomeness lend themselves very well to the HBO series. And then there's the man who leaves us all drooling, Mr. Alexander Skarsgård. Is it too much to ask that he be cast in both series...or in every film and television show ever?
To be completely frank, one of the things I never expected to learn from anything "True Blood"-related were all the different words that rhyme with "mud." Yet here we are. "Sesame Street," in a move to include a bizarre array of pop-culture references that don't have anything to do with its target audience but everything to do with its target audience's parents, has made a spoof of the hit HBO show called "True Mud."
Here, Bill is a grouch instead of a vampire, and he has a deep craving for some true mud. Not a spud or a dud, dagnabbit, but mud! He shows up to the "Sesame Street" version of Merlotte's and is served in proper fashion by the muppet version of Sookie Stackhouse, and tries his best to get himself some of that True Mud. You're going to have to watch the video for yourself to figure out what he wants to do with it (hint: it's definitely not for drinking).
Even with a week's worth of television premieres underway, we can't help but miss HBO's "True Blood." It's sexy, it's violent, it's politically aware, and most of all it's fun, and it really sucks (get it?) that we have to wait until next summer to see new episodes.
To ease my own craving for the supernatural dramedy, I have been plowing through the Charlaine Harris book series, that up until a few weeks ago, I had never read. But HBO has cooked up its own method for easing "True Blood" withdrawls: a sweepstakes for fans to win their own personal piece of Bon Temps history.
HBO is offering fans the chance to win one of eight bloody "True Blood" costumes! They're nothing anyone would want to wear to the office or a dinner party (Maryann's wedding dress, for instance, has a giant hole in the middle of it from where she was killed), but with Halloween coming up, those lucky enough to get their hands on one would have a killer costume.