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April 2020

Books on Screen

April 2020

All feature films releasing in April have been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Fortunately, there are plenty of book-to-screen adaptations on television that you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home. This month's roundup includes the season one finale of Hulu's "Little Fires Everywhere"; season six of "Bosch" on Amazon Prime; the series finales of Syfy's "The Magicians" and HBO's "The Plot Against America"; and the series premieres of "Normal People" on Hulu, "Defending Jacob" on Apple TV+ and "Belgravia" on EPIX. Among April's DVD releases are Little Women, Just Mercy, The Turning, The Rhythm Section and Escape from Pretoria.

 

On TV

 

Film Release

The Willoughbys
Release Date: April 22nd on Netflix
Based on: THE WILLOUGHBYS by Lois Lowry

 

Series Premieres

"Belgravia"
Air Dates: Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on EPIX; Series Premiere on April 12th
Based on: BELGRAVIA by Julian Fellowes

"Defending Jacob" (8-episode miniseries)
Release Dates: The first three episodes premiere April 24th on Apple TV+, with subsequent episodes releasing every Friday
Based on: DEFENDING JACOB by William Landay

"Normal People"
Release Date:
April 29th on Hulu
Based on: NORMAL PEOPLE by Sally Rooney

 

Season Premieres

"Killing Eve"
Air Dates: Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on BBC America; Season Three Premiere on April 12th
Based on: The Villanelle series by Luke Jennings

"Bosch"
Release Date:
April 17th on Amazon Prime (Season Six)
Based on: THE OVERLOOK and DARK SACRED NIGHT by Michael Connelly

 

Series Finales

“The Magicians”
Air Dates: Wednesdays at 10pm ET/PT on Syfy; Series Finale on April 1st
Based on: THE MAGICIANS by Lev Grossman

"The Plot Against America" (6-episode miniseries)
Air Dates: Mondays at 9pm ET/PT on HBO; Series Finale on April 20th
Based on: THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA by Philip Roth

 

Season Finales

"Briarpatch"
Air Dates: Mondays at 11pm ET/PT on USA Network; Season One Finale on April 13th
Based on: BRIARPATCH by Ross Thomas

"Nancy Drew"
Air Dates: Wednesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW; Season One Finale on April 15th
Based on: The Nancy Drew series by Carolyn Keene

"Little Fires Everywhere"
Release Date: Wednesdays on Hulu; Season One Finale on April 22nd
Based on: LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng

 

Ongoing Series

"Batwoman"
Air Dates:
Sundays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character Kate Kane/Batwoman, created by Geoff Johns, Grant Morrison, Greg Rucka, Mark Waid and Keith Giffen

"Outlander"
Air Dates:
Sundays at 8pm ET/PT on Starz
Based on: THE FIERY CROSS by Diana Gabaldon

"Supergirl"
Air Dates: Sundays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character Supergirl, created by Otto Binder and Al Plastino

"My Brilliant Friend"
Air Dates: Mondays at 10pm ET/PT on HBO
Based on: THE STORY OF A NEW NAME by Elena Ferrante

"The Flash"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 8pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: The DC Comics character The Flash, created by Robert Kanigher, John Broome and Carmine Infantino

"Roswell, New Mexico"
Air Dates: Tuesdays at 9pm ET/PT on The CW
Based on: Roswell High series by Melinda Metz

"Council of Dads"
Air Dates: Thursdays at 8pm ET/PT on NBC; Returns April 30th
Based on: THE COUNCIL OF DADS: My Daughters, My Illness, and the Men Who Could Be Me by Bruce Feiler

 


 

On DVD


Cats

DVD Release Date: April 7th
Based on: OLD POSSUM'S BOOKS OF PRACTICAL CATS by T. S. Eliot

Dolittle
DVD Release Date: April 7th
Based on: THE VOYAGES OF DOCTOR DOLITTLE by Hugh Lofting

Escape from Pretoria
DVD Release Date: April 7th
Based on: INSIDE OUT: Escape from Pretoria Prison, by Tim Jenkin

Little Women
DVD Release Date: April 7th
Based on: LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott

Just Mercy
DVD Release Date: April 14th
Based on: JUST MERCY: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson

The Turning
DVD Release Date: April 21st
Based on: THE TURN OF THE SCREW by Henry James

The Rhythm Section
DVD Release Date: April 28th
Based on: THE RHYTHM SECTION: A Stephanie Patrick Thriller, by Mark Burnell