One of the year's breakout hits, True Blood, is based on Charlaine Harris' Sookie Stackhouse books. And now, suddenly authors like Robert J. Sawyer, M.J. Rose and John Updike are spawning TV pilots.
We've already written a lot about Robert J. Sawyer's novel Flash Forward becoming a new ABC show, from producers David S. Goyer and Brannon Braga. Sawyer's novel tells of an incident where everyone on Earth has a blackout and sees 21 years into the future, as a result of an experiment by physicists. It already sounds like Goyer and Braga are taking major liberties with the concept to make it television-friendly, like making the flash forward only show people five months into the future, not 21 years. And each season will end with another flash-forward, further into the future, carrying the story forward.