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Lincoln Rhyme: Hunt for the Bone Collector (NBC, debuted in January)
Emmy winner Michael Imperioli, 53, portrays an NYPD detective in this drama based on the thriller series by author Jeffery Deaver. The actor says the show “has all the elements of a gritty procedural like Law & Order, coupled with a classic puzzle-mystery story in the vein of Sherlock Holmes.” Russell Hornsby, 45, plays the titular gumshoe, Rhyme.
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High Fidelity (Hulu, Feb. 14)
Nick Hornby's 1995 novel became an iconic 2000 movie starring John Cusack as a list-loving Chicago record-store owner. Now the tale is a 10-part TV series starring Zoë Kravitz. With tunes spanning three decades, it could make many grownups’ top-five-hits list.
Albert Hughes/Showtime; Riverhead Books
The Good Lord Bird (Showtime, Feb. 16)
Actor-producer Ethan Hawke, 49, adapted the National Book Award–winning novel by James McBride, about abolitionist John Brown, into an eight-episode limited series. Hawke cast himself as Brown, whose 1859 Harpers Ferry raid helped spark the Civil War.
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Council of Dads (NBC, March 10)
When Bruce Feiler was diagnosed with potentially terminal cancer, he recruited six men to serve as father figures to his young daughters and wrote the 2010 book The Council of Dads. Now 55 and healthy, Feiler is the inspiration for this series, starring Tom Everett Scott, 49, in the lead-dad role and The West Wing's Michael O'Neill, 68, as one of the hero's backup dads.
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The Plot Against America (HBO, March 16)
Writer-producers David Simon and Ed Burns have adapted Philip Roth's highly acclaimed, frightening novel about an alternate world in which heroic aviator but fascist-leaning Charles Lindbergh, portrayed by Ben Cole, becomes America's president. Winona Ryder, 48, plays a woman whose life is changed by a Lindbergh henchman (John Turturro, 62).