And "True Blood" isn't the only premium cable channel show based on books. On HBO, there's also the enormously popular "Game of Thrones," based on George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" series. "Boardwalk Empire" was adapted from Nelson Johnson's "Boardwalk Empire: The Birth, High Times, and Corruption of Atlantic City."
On Showtime, "Dexter" rules the roost (at least until it ends its run next year), and it wouldn't have existed without Jeff Lindsay's series, which has book No. 7 tentatively set for release next year. Its black comedy "House of Lies" was inspired by Martin Kihn's memoir "House of Lies: How Management Consultants Steal Your Watch and Then Tell You the Time."
If you're a fan of any of these TV series, why not give the books a chance?
Series premiere: "The Houstons: On Our Own," 9 p.m. Wednesday, Lifetime (the family's life in the wake of Whitney's death).
Network season premieres: "Nikita," 9 p.m. Friday, CW; "Happy Endings," 9 p.m. and "Don't Trust the B-- in Apt. 23," 9:30 p.m. Tuesday, ABC.
Season finales: "Project Runway," 9 p.m. Thursday, Lifetime; "Switched at Birth," 8 p.m. Monday, ABC Family; "Alphas," 8 p.m. Monday, Syfy.
Specials: "Lost Magic Decoded," 9 p.m. Thursday, History (recreating legendary illusions); "Make Your Mark," 8 p.m. Friday and Sunday, Disney (dance competition); "Night of Too Many Stars," 8 p.m. Sunday, Comedy Central (all-star comedy benefit for autism charities); presidential debate, 9 p.m. Monday, all broadcast networks; "Pretty Little Liars" Halloween episode, 8 p.m. Tuesday, ABC Family.
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