From a Book to an Emmy

Jane Lynch is hosting this years Emmy's

As many of you know tonight is the big night for TV.  The Emmy’s!  The are so many people out there covering the fashion, the who’s who and who is or is not with who at the Emmy’s.  But since we are about our books, we are going to talk about the books that were made into Emmy nominated TV shows.  Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing what the ladies are wearing on the red carpet.  I love seeing who came in a hot mess number and I love sitting there in front of the TV saying “OOHHH!!  That’s my dress!!”  I know you do it too!  🙂

Most of us are familiar with the enormous success of certain books that have hit the big screen.  Movies like The Notebook, Interview with a Vampire, One Day and of course The Help.  That list is endless.  (Check out our poll and pick your favorite Book to Big Screen)  But what about the little screen?  There are many TV shows that were based on great books.  Remember Little House on the Prairie?  It was a series of books by Laura Ingalls WilderM*A*S*H*?  Yes, that was a book by Richard Hooker first.  What about all the super hero TV shows?  They were based on Marvel and DC comic books.  Let’s take a look at this years nominees and let’s see who was at a book store before they were on your TV.

Here’s your ballot.  You will be asked to save it or open the file.  Emmy Nomination Ballot (2011)

In the Drama category there are four out of six.  And the nominees are…. 

Boardwalk Empire: The show was adapted from a book about historical criminal kingpin Enoch “Nucky” Johnson by Nelson Johnson entitled Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City

Dexter: The show was adapted from a series of five books about a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing… a monster who cringes at the sight of blood… a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likable: HE ONLY KILLS BAD PEOPLE. The series was written by Jeff Lindsay.

Friday Night Lights:  The show takes its inspiration from the non-fiction book Friday Night Lights: A Town, a Team, and a Dream written by H.G. “Buzz” Bissinger.  The book itself was intended as a work of journalism and is assumed to be completely factual. The characters in the book are not renamed, and the book makes no attempt to conceal their identities

Game of Thrones:  Based on author George R. R. Martin‘s best-selling A Song of Ice and Fire series of fantasy novels, the first of which is called A Game of Thrones.

There is only one out of six in the Supporting Actor in a Drama Series category. And the nominee is…

Justified (Walton Goggins): The show is based on Elmore Leonard‘s novels Pronto and Riding the Rap and his short story “Fire in the Hole”.  Its central character is Raylan Givens, a deputy U.S. Marshal.  Justified premiered on March 16, 2010, on the FX network.

Next up are the books in the Children’s Program category. And the nominee is…

A Child’s Garden of Poetry: The show features the work of some of the world’s greatest poets – from William Shakespeare to Langston Hughes – in a magical mix of lyrical animation and interviews with kids.  HBO Family in association with The Poetry Foundation.

Then we have the Variety, Comedy, or Music Special category.  And the nominee is…

Carrie Fisher in Wishful Drinking: is an autobiographical book by actress and author Carrie Fisher that was published in 2008. Fisher created a one-woman stage show from the book, which ran on Broadway and in other cities, and HBO filmed a documentary of the stage play.

Now we are at the category for Miniseries or Movie.  And the nominees are…

Mildred Pierce: is a five-part miniseries that was adapted from James M. Cain’s 1941 novel by the same name.  It was made into an Oscar-winning 1945 film starring Joan Crawford first.  the book is the story of middle-class housewife Mildred Pierce’s attempts to maintain her and her family’s social position during the Great Depression.

Too Big To Fail: The TV movie is based on the non-fiction book Too Big to Fail by Andrew Ross Sorkin.  This true story is not just a look at banks that were “too big to fail,” it is a real-life thriller with a cast of bold-faced names who themselves thought they were too big to fail.

The Pillars of The Earth: The TV miniseries is an eight part 2010 TV miniseries, adapted from Ken Follett’s novel of the same name. It debuted in the U.S. on Starz.

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