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For MaddAddam Fans: Another Margaret Atwood Adaptation Is In The Works

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Paramount TV has acquired the rights to the MaddAddam Trilogy, a dystopian series by “The Handmaid’s Tale” author.   Just last week, Variety revealed that the MaddAddam Trilogy is joining the ranks of anticipated Margaret Atwood adaptations. Like Hulu’s Emmy-winning drama, The Handmaid’s Tale,and Netflix’s Alias Grace, the three novels—Oryx and Crake, The Year of the Flood, and MaddAddam—will soon be venturing to the small screen. Paramount TV, which was formerly Spike TV and is currently the home of Waco, has secured the rights. The MaddAddam Trilogy adaptation will likely be as riveting—and as frighteningly plausible—as Atwood’s other works that have already received the small screen treatment. Set in a dystopian future, the last human on Earth, “Snowman” née Jimmy, recounts the the fall of humanity while…

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Say Farewell to Scandal, The Middle, New Girl and Mindy Project: Books to Remember Our Favorite Departing TV Shows

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It’s always bittersweet to say goodbye to our favorite TV shows, especially after spending years falling in love with the characters and their lives. And while we hate to see one get canceled (#StillBitterAboutDeadwood), it’s also not easy to watch a beloved show come to an end by choice. At least they get to do it on their own terms though, giving us all a sense of much needed closure. This year we have to bid farewell to some great ones. These shows have been with us season after season, introducing us to quirky heroines, offbeat families, and kickass powerhouses. We’re definitely sad to see them go, and we’re already searching for a way to fill the void. For us…

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Top 5 Reasons to Binge Watch Emmy Nominated ‘The Handmaids Tale’ This Week

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Hulu‘s adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s iconic novel, The Handmaid’s Tale,  premiered on April 26 and Elisabeth Moss, who plays Offred, is nominated for an Emmy in the Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series category.  Alexis Bledel (known for her role on Gilmore Girls) won her first Emmy in an early award’s presentation for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series. You may remember Atwood’s book from your high school English class, or simply because it’s still one of the best books ever written. While some of our standard required reading tomes feel dated, The Handmaid’s Tale is a fresh and relevant story that cautions against a horrifying totalitarian future. Despite being written over 30 years ago, it still feels distressingly…

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New Fall TV We Can’t Wait to Watch (and Books to Match)!

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The new fall TV shows are almost here and we’re already picking our favorites. From superheroes to thrillers, this year’s lineup looks like it’s going to be one of the best. Here are 5 new shows we can’t wait to binge on and the books we’re reading alongside them. Watch: Ten Days in the Valley, ABC This new psychological thriller stars Kyra Sedgwick as Jane Sadler, a single mom who’s struggling to balance work and family. When her daughter goes mysteriously missing one night, it sends her world into a tailspin, making her question everything. Dark and mysterious, Ten Days in the Valley premieres October 1st on ABC. Read: A Stranger in the House, Shari Lapena Lapena’s suspenseful read tells…

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Margaret Atwood’s ‘Alias Grace’ is Coming to Netflix!

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Another Margaret Atwood book adaptation is coming to TV again, and we couldn’t be more excited. After the success of The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu, we’re pretty much willing to watch any Atwood adaptation. She’s long been one of our favorite authors, with her inventive (and often super creepy!) storytelling. This time, it’s her bestselling 1996 historical novel, Alias Grace, that’s set to premiere on Netflix in November. Alias Grace is about a real life historical event that took place in Canada: the 1843 murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, his housekeeper. 16-year-old Grace Marks was a servant of Kinnear’s, and both she and fellow servant, James McDermott, were convicted of the crimes. While James was eventually executed, Grace was…

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Four Stephen King Characters We Want in Hulu’s Castle Rock from J.J. Abrams

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Nerds everywhere rejoice! Stephen King and J.J. Abrams are working on a new project together: Castle Rock. We’ll just repeat that so it sinks in: STEPHEN KING AND J.J. ABRAMS ARE WORKING ON A NEW PROJECT TOGETHER. And we’ve clearly been freaking out! It’s like sci-fi Thanksgiving and horror Christmas all rolled up into one amazingly creepy bundle of joy. The project is a new show for Hulu called Castle Rock, based on the fictional Maine town where King sets so many of his horror stories. While Abrams and King have previously teamed up with Hulu for last year’s time-bendy 11.22.63, this time they’re diving even deeper into King’s works for an original psychological horror. Described by Hulu as, “a…

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Fargo: The Best TV Show You Aren’t Watching

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It may have been easy to miss the Season 2 premiere of FX’s Fargo this past Monday. In a slew of other hotly anticipated autumn premieres over the past two weeks, like The Walking Dead, American Horror Story: Hotel, and Arrow, FX’s anthology series based on the Coen Brothers film of the same name may have snuck by unnoticed. However, a show as utterly flawless as Fargo deserves not only your weekly attention, but your love, your theorizing and every Emmy. Seriously, every single Emmy. There are a few special elements that set Fargo apart from its fall competition. For one, the simple, yet sharp, writing is so darkly hilarious that watching it actually makes you feel smarter. Secondly, there’s…

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Exclusive! Mia Matthews Talks South Beach, Theater and Philanthropy

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Television and theater star Mia Matthews may have gone on a bit of a hiatus (14 years!) following her Spin City days, but she returned in 2012 and has been on fire ever since. Most recently, Matthews starred in the six-episode Hulu Original Series South Beach as Karen, as well as Nickelodeon’s Every Witch Way as Desdemona. BookTrib had the pleasure of sitting down with the actress to discuss all things South Beach, her charity work and why “author” may soon be added to her list of accomplishments. BOOKTRIB: Let’s talk about South Beach. Tell us about the show and your character, Karen. MIA MATTHEWS: It’s a show about two rival music companies in Miami. And there’s a murder, so…

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Classic TV Shows Worth a Second (and Third) Look

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We live in a Golden Age of television where production values are high, musical scores are sweeping, and historical dramas like to keep their male leads shirtless about 50 percent of the time. Trust me: I’m not complaining. But there is something to be said for the TV shows of yore, when sitcoms ruled the airwaves and standard plotlines still felt fresh and new. Some of the old stuff just doesn’t hold up—I’m looking at you, Small Wonder— but plenty of it does. Here are three old shows that are definitely worth a second (or third, or 15th) watch: Press Gang     I’m a sucker for British teen shows. Somehow those Brits have figured out the perfect formula combining…

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3 TV shows and a book: Small town charm and romance

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Thanks to Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime, I can’t even remember the last time I watched a show when it actually aired. At this point, I’m addicted to the instant gratification of watching one episode after another while the hours tick by. Sure, sometimes you start to wonder if you should put real pants on, or if maybe that second pint of Ben & Jerry’s is actually a good idea, but there’s a real sense of accomplishment when you make it through an entire season of a show in one weekend. My favorite shows to binge are the ones you can put on in the background while you clean your apartment, or, uh, play a few hours of Candy Crush.…

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