The networks are starting to reveal their upcoming programming here and here.  And it’s great that some of our old, relatively new, and upcoming favorites are based on books.  A quick glance at what we can look forward to (when we’re not reading, of course):

Returning: True Blood on HBO, Season 2
based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris

Sundays at 9 p.m., starting June 14

 

Returning: Dexter on Showtime, Season 4
based on the novels by Jeff Lindsay

Fall 2009

 

New: Flash Forward on ABC
based on the novel by Robert J. Sawyer

For two minutes and 17 seconds seven billion people blacked out and saw what their futures would be 20 years from now.

Thursdays at 9 p.m. this fall

 

Returning: Bones on Fox
based on the series by Kathy Reichs

Wednesdays at 8 p.m this fall

 

New: Vampire Diaries on CW
based on the novels by L.J. Smith

The mid-90s version of Twilight.  Nuff said.

Fall 2009

 

New: Past Life on Fox
based on THE REINCARNATIONIST by M.J. Rose

A psychologist and a former cop solve crimes both in the past and present.

Coming January 2010

 

New: Eastwick on ABC
based on John Updike’s THE WITCHES OF EASTWICK

Wednesdays starting  in January

 

New: Accidentally on Purpose on CBS
based on the memoir by Mary F. Pols

Jenna Elfman stars in this new comedy about a 39-year-old woman who has a fling with a younger man and ends up pregnant, then must deal with a very unconventional family.

Coming in 2010

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CNN reports that True Blood, the HBO series based on the Charlaine Harris novels, is the network’s most successful show since “The Sopranos” and “Sex in the City.”  Yippee – because that means more episodes to come!  Especially since I have no idea how they’re going to wrap everything up in the finale next week.

I also hope it means more mainstream recognition for all things paranormal.  As one of the characters was explaining shape-shifters the other week, I kept thinking, “Who doesn’t know what shape-shifters are?”  And then of course I had to laugh a little at myself.

One of the things I like best about the show is the way it’s fleshed out the secondary characters – sometimes almost too much so; they start to overshadow the main ones.  Bon Temps, LA, is just full of interesting guys.  Who gets your pick?