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5 New Shows Based on Best-Selling Books

A 'High Fidelity' reboot and a take on Philip Roth's acclaimed novel are among those premiering in 2020

Michael Imperioli and Russell Hornsby in the N B C show Lincoln Rhyme Hunt for the Bone Collector and the cover of the novel by Jeffery Deaver

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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.

Zoë Kravitz stars in a ten part T V series of High Fidelity and the book cover of Nick Hornby's High Fidelity

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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.

Ethan Hawke stars on Showtime's The Good Lord Bird and a cover of The Good Lord Bird by James McBride

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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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Tom Everett Scott stars in N B C's Council of Dads and a cover of the book The Council of Dads by Bruce Feiler

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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.

The cover of Philip Roth's novel The Plot Against America and an image from H B O's television series of the same name

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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).

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