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Fictional mystery writer in 'Castle' creates another real bestseller with 'Naked Heat'

NakedHeat It's not exactly a novel idea to create a TV show based on a bestseller ("True Blood," "Dexter," "Gossip Girl"), but turning a plot device into a bestselling book has become a popular trend in prime time (but not a new one). ABC's quirky crime drama "Castle" has churned out two bestsellers: "Heat Wave" (16 weeks on New York Times list), and its sequel, "Naked Heat" (No. 19 on Los Angeles Times list), which were used in key storylines. Carolyn Kellogg examines this publishing phenomena in Friday's Calendar section.

Publishing the books was a natural progression as "Castle's" premise began with a serial killer imitating the plots of the show's star, famous mystery writer Richard Castle's books. The charming, wise-cracking novelist (played with panache by Nathan Fillion) and the tough, sexy, NYPD Det. Kate Beckett (Stana Katic), whom he accompanies to crimes scenes to assist in solving cases, exchange innuendo-filled banter reminiscent of David and Maddie in "Moonlighting".

Other shows have experimented with this type of cross marketing with varying degrees of success.

In 2001, HarperEntertainment published a novel featured on the NBC soap opera "Passions." "Hidden Passions: Secrets from the Diaries of Tabitha Lenox," tied into a storyline that involved characters promoting the book that exposed secrets of the locals. It reached No. 4 on the New York Times bestseller list.

 "Lost" fans were treated to "Bad Twin" (Hyperion), written by fictitious author Gary Troup, a supposed passenger on the doomed Oceanic Flight 815. His draft, turned in before he boarded the flight, contained secrets to several castaways lives.

Last month, womanizer Barney Stinson (Neil Patrick Harris), star of the CBS hit sitcom "How I Met Your Mother," wrote (along with staff writer Matt Kuhn) "The Playbook: Suit Up. Score Chicks. Be Awesome." (Touchstone).

Most recently, Grove Press issued the "reprinting" of "Sterling's Gold: Wit & Wisdom of an Ad Man," the long lost musings of "Mad Men's" silver haired ad exec Roger Sterling.

"Castle" is taking the cross marketing one step further, venturing onto the soundstages of Hollywood. An upcoming episode follows the crew to L.A. where the movie version on "Heat Wave" is being filmed. Laura Prepon ("That 70's Show") has been cast as the actress hired to play Nikki Heat (aka Beckett) who follows the detective around as she tries to solve a murder.

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And just who does Richard Castle think should play the fictional magazine journalist, Jameson Rook, in the "Naked Heat" movie?

"If it were up to him, he'd have George Clooney," said executive producer Andrew W. Marlowe. "But it'd probably be Jason Bateman because of the resemblance." Perhaps a clue to upcoming stunt casting?

Who do you think should play Castle? 

 -- Liesl Bradner

Top image: Cover of "Naked Heat." Credit: Associated Press

Bottom photos: Actor Nathan Fillion, left, and Jason Bateman. Credit: Getty Images

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10/10/10: TV's top 10 moments of the first 10 months of 2010

It's been a big year in television, and we still have 82 days to go. To mark the date -- 10/10/10 -- here are the biggest moments of the first 10 months of 2010:

Getprev-4 January

There was no holiday lull this new year. 2010 began with two departures that are still resonating across the TV landscape.  Simon Cowell announced that he would leave "American Idol" in May. Cowell traded in the Fox talent show he helped shape into a juggernaut for his own British talent competition, "The X Factor," which will debut on Fox next fall.

That would have qualified for the month's top moment if it hadn't been for NBC's late-night debacle and its controversial treatment of Conan O'Brien, who hosted "The Tonight Show" for seven months before NBC's mishandling of the failed "Jay Leno Show" forced him to resign. On Jan. 22, the redheaded comic known affectionately to his fans as Coco gave up the job of his dreams in a very classy way.

"Despite this sense of loss, I really feel that this should be a happy moment," he said. "Every comedian dreams of hosting 'The Tonight Show,' and for seven months I got to do it." Addressing his viewers, and especially "young people," he said, "Please do not be cynical. I hate cynicism ­-- for the record, it's my least favorite quality, and it doesn't lead anywhere. Nobody in life gets exactly what they thought they were going to get. But if you work really hard and you're kind, amazing things will happen."

O'Brien, who rebounded on Twitter and a live tour, has a new show, "Conan," which premieres on TBS on Nov. 8.


Getprev-3February

 Reality TV became really real on Feb. 9 when beloved Capt. Phil Harris of "Deadliest Catch" died from complications of a massive stroke that he suffered while off loading crab in Alaska and filming the Discovery Channel series' sixth season. The episode, which covered the Cornelia Marie captain's death, aired in July and drew 8.5 million viewers, a record for the series.

Known for his volatile but caring relationship with his two sons, Harris began fishing with his father as a boy and was one of the youngest captains of a crab fishing boat on the Bering Sea. He had been in charge of the Cornelia Marie for more than two decades when he died. His sons, Jake and Josh Harris, are at its helm now.


 March
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The clock stopped ticking for Jack Bauer on a sad spring day when Fox announced that "24" would end its groundbreaking stint on television at the end of the season. The Kiefer Sutherland-led drama concluded at the end of its eighth day with an emotional but hopeful ending that let viewers know that someday we'll see Jack Bauer again. (Nice and big on a movie screen!)  The finale aired in May, but our mourning began in March.


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"Come on! Vogue!"

Fox's Emmy-nominated and Golden Globe-winning "Glee" has been making news all year, with its chart-topping music, eye-opening guest stars (Britney Spears, hello!), but the musical comedy made its mark in April when it delved into the world of Madonna and delivered a memorable hour of television. Mashup of "Borderline" and "Open Your Heart" -- check. "Like a Prayer" -- good, even though it was performed by the enemy. Sue Sylvester voguing -- marvelous.

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No more "Law & Order" ching-ching on the mother ship. No more Jack Bauer saving our day, "24"/7. No more Simon Cowell "If I'm being honest with you" scary moments on "American Idol."

But the winner on this sad, sad month of goodbyes is "Lost," simply because we waited six years to know what the smoke monster, time-jumping island was all about and living without this ABC series is harder than deciphering what the sideways flashes meant. Always hoping to see you in another life, "Lost" bruthas.

Getprev-2 June
 
 Larry King announced he was retiring from his nightly CNN talk show, but is he also giving up his suspenders? For 25 years, King asked (questionable) questions of politicians, celebrities and everyone in between, and held the record for being the host of the longest-running show in the same time slot. King's last show will air in December. British tabloid editor Piers Morgan ("America's Got Talent") will take over sometime next year.

Getprev-1 July

"Jersey Shore"
returned for its second season, set in Miami, to chart-topping ratings. Seems like MTV viewers can't get enough of "The Situation's" abs, Snooki's drinking, Pauly D's "It's T-shirt tiiiime!" and Jenny's brawling.

But this month belonged to the behind-the-scenes chaos of "American Idol." When Simon Cowell left the show in May, no one expected the No. 1 show on television to be thrown into "utter and "complete" turmoil (to borrow a favorite phrase from the British judge). Ellen DeGeneres announced she was leaving after one year on the judge's panel. And rumors --which proved true last month -- that Kara DioGuardi would also leave to make room for Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler drove the entertainment media crazy for most of the summer.

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ABC's freshman comedy "Modern Family" won the Emmy for outstanding comedy, making modern families everywhere very happy. The single-camera comedy not only made family sitcoms cool again but also gave CBS' competitors a reason to believe that they, too, could be in the comedy business. Five of the series' actors were also nominated, and Eric Stonestreet, who plays the lovable Cameron, took home his own trophy.


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The TV critics were oh-so-wrong. The critical favorite among the fall season's newbies was the Fox drama "Lone Star," which also had the dubious distinction of being the first show to be canceled. Starring newcomer James Wolk, the show about a con man living two lives in Texas and loving two women, aired only twice before Fox had to throw in its white flag.


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 CNN anchor Rick Sanchez imploded while promoting his new book, "Conventional Idiocy." The boisterous newsman may have been one of the first to embrace Tweeting while broadcasting, but that didn't help him when he called comic Jon Stewart a "bigot" and then insinuated that his CNN bosses are part of a Jewish group controlling the media. CNN promptly fired him, and on Friday Sanchez made his first attempt at atonement on "Good Morning America." "I screwed up," he said. Duh.

--Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

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Photos, from top to bottom:

Conan O Brien behind his "Tonight Show" desk when he took over the late-night show. Credit: Paul Drinkwater / NBC

Capt. Phil Harris of "Deadliest Catch" who died on Feb. 9. Credit: Blair Bunting / Discovery Channel

Kiefer Sutherland as Jack Bauer in the "24" series finale. Credit: Ray Mickshaw / Fox

Chris Colfer and Amber Riley in "The Power of Madonna" episode of "Glee." Credit: Michael Yarish / Fox

One of the final scenes of "Lost." Credit: ABC

Larry King on June 29. Credit: CNN

Simon Cowell says goodbye to "American Idol" during the May season finale.  Credit: Vince Bucci / Fox / PictureGroup

The cast and producer of "Modern Family" accept the Emmy for outstanding comedy on Aug. 29. Credit: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

James Wok and Jon Voight in "Lone Star." Credit: Bill Matlock / Fox

Former CNN anchor Rick Sanchez. Credit: CNN


Fox orders J.J. Abrams pilot 'Alcatraz'

The new season begins next week, but Fox is getting ahead of the development curve, ordering pilots for next TV season.

The network has ordered "Alcatraz," which was written by Liz Sarnoff ("Lost"), and Steven Lilien and Bryan Wynbrandt, both of "Kyle XY," and is produced by Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams' company.

The show is described as "a dramatic series that explores the lore and mysteries of Alcatraz, the notorious San Francisco island prison."

Well, at least we know what the island is.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/writerchica

And the winners of the Creative Arts Emmys are...

Getprev-2 Our colleagues at the Gold Derby attended the Creative Arts Emmys ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday and blogged the results.

A few things we noted:

"Modern Family" picked up an Emmy for best casting in a comedy series. Does that mean an Emmy for outstanding comedy is on its way? Most TV critics are predicting the ABC single-camera comedy as the winner next Sunday. This could be a sign the academy agrees.

"Mad Men" nabbed the nod for best casting in a drama series. We do love the cast, but hope this doesn't mean the AMC series will pick up its third Emmy in a row in that category. With "Lost's" final season in the mix and spectacular seasons for "Dexter" and "Breaking Bad," there's got to be a new winner, no?

Choreographer Mia Michaels may have turned off a lot of viewers when she replaced Mary Murphy at the judge's table of "So You Think You Can Dance" this season. But arguing against her immense talents as a choreographer is futile. She deserves the Emmy she won Saturday night.

"Jamie Oliver's Food Revolution" won the Emmy for best reality program, and that's not a bad pick. The charming naked chef took on children's obesity in this weight-loss show and struck a chord with viewers.

Of course, Jeff Probst won his third Emmy for best reality show host for his work on "Survivor." As long as he's in the running, it's not likely anyone will ever beat him. No one can elicit information from contestants and direct a reality competition the way he can. (Boo to the academy for not including this award in the regular telecast Aug. 29).

John Lithgow did amazing work on "Dexter" last season as the Trinity Killer and won an Emmy on Saturday for it. Apparently, he thanked HBO instead of Showtime for the opportunity. Hope Dexter didn't hear that.

Ann-Margret picked up a guest actress Emmy in a drama for her work on "Law & Order: SVU." She apparently knew what network that show is on.

Neil Patrick Harris hasn't won an Emmy for his role on "How I Met Your Mother" but he won Saturday for his guest spot on Fox's "Glee."

Betty White is still on fire. She won an Emmy for guest actress on "Saturday Night Live." But she got bested in the best commercial category by the Old Spice dude. Apparently, you can't have it all Betty.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/writerchica

Photo: John Lithgow at the Creative Arts Emmys on Saturday.

Credit: Chris Pizzello / Associated Press

'Lost' auction exclusive video: Look, there's Sawyer's reading glasses! And Locke's knife!


I thought I'd already shed all the "Lost" tears I had in me.

I was wrong.

On Friday morning, I took a behind-the-scenes personal tour of the "Lost" auction at the Santa Monica Airport led by Profiles in History President Joe Maddalena as 100 workers put on the finishing touches for the two-day celebration at Barker Hangar.

Even though all of the displays weren't complete, I  can tell you this: I looked into the eye of the auction and what I saw was beautiful.

I expected to see things such as the Dharma van and pieces of the Temple, but when I read Sawyer's letter to the man who killed his parents, the note that Locke left Jack, and Penny's love letter to Desmond, I must admit that I got a little teary. There are almost 1,200 items available, and many of them will leave Losties gasping. I mean, someone is going to own the wheel that moved the island, people. Come on!

During the tour, I got a chance to meet Sterling Beaumon, the actor who played the younger Ben Linus and he was more than happy to show me how the hatch and its special effects work. You'll also be happy to know that I typed the numbers on the computer, just like John Locke taught me.

The weekend is a "Lost" dream. You'll be able to sit on a part of the airplane, faux-order chicken at Mr. Cluck's and mingle with some of the actors. Doors open both days at 9 a.m., and the auction begins at 1 p.m. each day. (Remember, even if you can't make it to Santa Monica, you can bid for any item at www.profilesinhistory.com or www.liveauctioneers.com and follow all the action on blogger Jo Garfein's public Twitter list).  Go here for more ticket and exhibit information.

When all the items have gone, gone, gone, "Lost" will really, really, really be over. But we have our sideways flash to look forward to.

-- Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

Video: Maria Elena Fernandez / Los Angeles Times


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Own a piece of 'Lost' this weekend [Updated]

CAMARO_2905-2153a Almost three months to the day since we said goodbye to "Lost," it's time for another goodbye. Or hello — depending on how you look at it.

More than 1,000 props, costumes and set pieces from the ABC hit series will be auctioned this weekend in Santa Monica. That means you could own Kate's toy plane, Hurley's winning lottery ticket, Locke's Master Bowie hunting knife, and even the Dharma van. Need more incentive? How about Sawyer's letter, Charlie's "DS" ring and guitar, Mr. Eko's club, The Hatch, the Swan Station computer, Desmond's fail-safe key, the Virgin Mary statue, Faraday's journal, Dharma-branded food and supplies, and Hurley's Camaro?

Beer If you can't place your bids in person, don't worry. Worldwide bids will be accepted via mail, phone or fax as well as live on the Internet at www.profilesinhistory.com or www.liveauctioneers.com.

Profiles in History, the world's largest auctioneer of Hollywood memorabilia, is holding the live auction in partnership with ABC Studios at Barker Hanger in the Santa Monica Airport. It begins at 1 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

But Lostie hearts take notice: There's more than bidding going on at the two-day event. Barker Hanger is being transformed to celebrate the series. If you dress up like one of the characters, you'll be eligible to win the complete collection DVD set. And there will be plenty of merchandise for purchase as well. Not to mention food trucks! We know there weren't any food trucks on the island, but go with it.

To keep up with all the fun on Twitter, popular "Lost" blogger Jo Garfein has created a public Twitter list.

[Updated Aug. 19, 12:35 p.m.: This post has been updated with new information about the event and Jo Garfein's Twitter list.]


— Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

Photos: Auction items. Credit: Profiles in History.


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Daniel Dae Kim talks about the 'Lost' ending at Comic-Con

It's Daniel Dae Kim day over here on Show Tracker.  We know we already posted an item on his feelings about the "Hawaii Five-0" theme song. But now a little video has surfaced on YouTube that we think is of interest to "Lost" fans."

Not all of you loved the way "Lost" ended. But, regardless of how you felt about what the flash sideways meant, we thought you might want to hear what Kim told the Comic-Con audience Friday about what the actors knew and didn't know as they prepared to film the final scene in the chapel.

-Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/writerchica

Video Credit: YouTube

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Music video: 'Hawaii-Five-0' theme song recording session

OK, we accept that Daniel Dae Kim has moved on and participated at a Comic-Con panel Friday for "Hawaii-Five-0."

During the panel, the former "Lostie" said, "I'm happy to be on a show that has a theme song."

Well, CBS is making the most of that theme song. The network has released a music video for the modern arrangement of the iconic theme song, which features footage from the recording session and clips from the new series starring Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Grace Park and Kim.

Series composer Brian Tyler ("Fast and Furious") assembled and conducted 35 musicians, including renowned players from the original TV series: David Duke on the first horn, Chuck Findley on first trumpet and percussionist Bob Zimmitti. The original theme song was composed by Morton Stevens.

The updated version of the iconic series premieres on Sept. 20 at 10 p.m. Here's the new music video:




--Maria Elena Fernandez
twitter.com/writerchica

Video credit: CBS

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'Lost' goes on the auction block

"Lost:" is gone, but fans will soon be able to get a piece of the island.

ABC Studios is joining forces with Hollywood memorabilia auctioneer Profiles in History to present "Lost: The Official Show Auction," which will offer more than 1,000 props, costumes and set pieces from all six seasons of the drama. The auction will take place live Aug. 21 and Aug. 22 from Barker Hangar at Santa Monica Airport.

Among the available items is Kate's toy plane, Hurley's winning lottery ticket, Locke's Master Bowie hunting knife, the Hatch, the Swan Station computer and a DHARMA van.

 Worldwide bidding begins at 1 p.m. PST on both days. Bids can be placed in person, via mail, phone, fax or live on the Internet by visiting www.profilesinhistory.com or www.liveauctioneers.com

-- Greg Braxton


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'Lost' producer says Emmy nominations are akin to 'playing in the bonus round'

Of all the dearly departed series this year, "Lost" is the only one that got some real Emmy love. With 12 nominations, including outstanding drama, outstanding writing for executive producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse, and acting nominations for Matthew Fox, Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson, the ABC series could be on its way to a big send-off.

Cuse said he didn't rise early to receive the good news in case it was bad. But Lindelof said his "masochist" nature forced him to watch it live, taking in E!'s "100 Celebrity Oops Moments" before the announcements were made.

"So I was taken out of my misery," Lindelof said. "Some years we've been up on the board and some years we haven't. The is enormously gratifying. After all the hoopla over the finale, whether you loved it or you hated it or found it polarizing, what feels good is that people still care. The ending of 'Lost' still matters, which is a sweet feeling. So many shows just peter off into existence without being recognized."

The producers' writing nomination is for the series finale, which was titled "The End."

"The expectations of the finale were incredibly high," Cuse said. "We knew it would be impossible to please everyone. The fact that we got the nomination is a reflection of the fact that we connected with enough people. We feel proud of that."

Lindelof acknowledged "Lost" had its highs and lows throughout its run, and said that aspect of it was just "part of the process."

"We're really lucky that we were able to end the show on our own terms," Cuse said. "To be recognized is the whipped cream on the frosting of the cake. It's like playing in the bonus round."

-- Greg Braxton and Maria Elena Fernandez (twitter.com/writerchica)

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Emmy voters did right by comedies and dramas, but need a reality check

Tyjulie  There's a lot to love about Thursday morning's Emmy nominations.

As expected, "Glee" and "Modern Family" both were nominated for outstanding comedy and did incredibly well across the board.

"Glee" earned 19 nominations in total, including lead actor nominations for Matthew Morrison and Lea Michele and supporting actor nominations for Jane Lynch and Chris Colfer.

"Modern Family" grabbed 14 in total, including supporting actor nominations for five of its biggest players, Ty Burrell, Julie Bowen, Sofia Vergara, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Eric Stonestreet. (No love for Ed O'Neil or our personal favorite, Rico Rodriguez).

But there are other noteworthy things. For his long seven months hosting "The Tonight Show" on NBC, Conan O' Brien was nominated. For taking back "The Tonight Show," Jay Leno was not.

"Lost" returned to the drama category, where it definitely belongs. Matthew Fox received his first Emmy nomination for his impressive work in the series' final season. Emmy regulars Terry O'Quinn and Michael Emerson deservedly were nominated again.

Big on our TV radar: Finally! Recognition for two of the best actors in drama today: Kyle Chandler and Connie Britton. Their portrayal of a realistic, loving, and hard-earned marriage on "Friday Night Lights" is touching and compelling and we have no idea why the voters have ignored them over the years. Their work in the fourth season of the show was outstanding and the only thing we're going to complain about is that the show itself was not nominated.

Margulies CBS broke into the drama category with a superb series, "The Good Wife." Julianna Margulies and her sidekick, Archie Panjabi, were recognized and it makes us smile.

We are thrilled that Jim Parsons has been recognized for the incredible job that he does playing Sheldon on "The Big Bang Theory," but it's really hard to believe that the series was overlooked for outstanding comedy. It had a brilliant season. Shame on you voters!

By that same token, we are very excited that "Breaking Bad" was nominated and that Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul (the fly episode!) got their dues again, but Anna Gunn is one of the finest actresses on TV right now and there seems to be room for her in the "supporting actress" category. (And what about Dean Norris?)

No surprises with "Dexter" and that's a good thing. Nominated for outstanding drama, it also earned nominations for Michael C. Hall and guest star John Lithgow, who seems unbeatable to us. We are still reeling from the season finale of that show, and it aired in December!

We did notice that FX's new drama, "Justified" was completely overlooked and that's a shame. It's well-written and Timothy Olyphant is phenomenal in the lead role. Walton Goggins ruled in his guest role. We know the dramatic field is crowded, but we would have made a little room for them.

We end with the reality category, which deeply disappoints us.

How on Earth could "Survivor" not have been nominated? Anyone who watches the show will tell you that "Heroes vs. Villains" was incredible television. Certainly more riveting than "Dancing With The Stars" or "Project Runway." We need a recount!

And let's not even talk about "RuPaul's Drag Race" because we might lose our tempers. A competition show that's got humor and heart and interesting challenges that require creativity. Seriously, voters?

And no nominations for Cat Deeley or RuPaul as reality TV host? Ugh.

OK, we'll try to return to our happy thoughts about "Glee" now.

--Maria Elena Fernandez

twitter.com/writerchica

Photos: From top, Ty Burrell and Julie Bowen of "Modern Family" (Danny Feld/ABC); Julianna Margulies on "The Good Wife" (David M. Russell/CBS)

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'Lost' 10s: 10-plus shows to take the place of 'Lost'

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 One of the things I've been asked most frequently since we entered the home stretch of "Lost's" final season (and since it ended) is just which shows fans of "Lost" could pick up to perhaps fill the empty hole in their hearts. "Lost" was a show like none other in the way it cultivated a relationship with its fans, but it wasn't so perfect or anything that it will ruin you for all other television shows. Here's a rough list of 10 shows I really like that capture some of what makes "Lost" so special and might help you move past that show and on to some other things.

10.) "A Game of Thrones" (HBO) and "The Walking Dead" (AMC): Now, there are a number of genre-friendly shows coming up all around the programming guide -- including NBC's new show "The Event" and ABC's new "No Ordinary Family," both launching in the fall -- but "Game" and "Dead" are unique in that they're both based on existing properties I already enjoy. If "Game" can capture even a 10th of the political intrigue and exacting world-building of the series of fantasy novels it's based on, it'll be most genre fans' next big TV obsession, and if "Dead" can capture some of the enthralling pacing and bloody zombie action of the comic it's based on, it'll be literally like nothing else on TV.

How they're like "Lost": Both take big, high-concept ideas -- a political battle plays out in a fantasy kingdom sapped of its magic in the former and the dead, well, walk in the latter -- and ground them in well-drawn, evocative characters.

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