Monday, July 27, 2009

When Novelists Tackle TV

According to the Hollywood Reporter, best-selling author Harlan Coben has sold a new show to FOX about a private investigator turned criminology professor who helps his graduate students solve crimes. The twist is that he's, well, kinda crazy. He's got "a frontal-lobe injury that suppresses his inhibitions."

I'm curious if Coben's style as a novelist will help produce well-plotted longer-term stories. 

Rob Thomas, the creator of Veronica Mars, got his start writing novels (Rats Saw God), and in fact VM was originally conceived as a novel. I think his background was a fundamental reason that the first season of the show was so expertly crafted.


  1. This show sounds like a cross between House and Monk.

  2. Good call!

    Or Castle.

    Or Psych.

    Or Lie to Me.

    Or... yeah. It'll definitely need to be well-executed to find an audience that's not already swamped with "tells-it-like-is and makes others uncomfortable but saves the day" dudes. :)