SPINOFFS & ADAPTATIONS
TV Guide Magazine|January 17 - 30, 2022
A SWOONY BESTSELLER

The Time Traveler's Wife

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HE'S A DASHING librarian. She's a gifted artist. But in this six-episode adaptation of Audrey Niffenegger's revered novel, the meeting and subsequent love story of Henry DeTamble (Theo James, Sanditon) and Clare Abshire (Rose Leslie, Game of Thrones) is anything but typical. Cursed with a genetic disorder that makes him time travel unwillingly, Henry often finds himself propelled into the past or future without even the clothes on his back. It's dangerous, but his one huge chunk of luck is the universe sending him Clare. (She's actually known Henry since childhood, when his future self was her “imaginary friend.")

The time travel element is “a prism through which we see a tale of ordinary love. By scrambling it all up, it becomes fresh and joyous and sometimes frightening and tragic," says exec producer Steven Moffat, a self-proclaimed "massive fan" of the book. Still, this couple's relationship has a time limit, as fate looms over them. "You need that drumbeat of doom that Audrey's prose provides," says Moffat, adding, "I hope I've found a way of conveying that visually, right from the first episode. You won't miss it!" - Linda Maleh

LEE CHILD'S ACTION HERO

REACHER

FRIDAY, FEB. 4, PRIME VIDEO

When ex-Army investigator Jack Reacher (Alan Ritchson)-a man of few words and many muscles-drifts into idyllic Margrave, Georgia, he's accused of murder before he can take even one bite of peach pie. Soon he's investigating, backing up cop/love interest Roscoe Conklin (Willa Fitzgerald)"They're sensible, no-nonsense people; sometimes similar attracts," says creator Nick Santora-and discerning detective Oscar Finlay (Malcolm Goodwin). The case turns very personal and heats up, but there's humor to offset the flying fists.- LM

A DC COMICS CLASSIC

The Sandman

TBA, NETFLIX

This highly anticipated dark fantasy is sure to be faithful to Neil Gaiman's cult-revered 1989-96 graphic series...because Gaiman himself is writing! In the visually stunning show, Morpheus (Tom Sturridge), the Dream King, tries to fix his more monstrous mistakes from over millennia. But others feel the effects, including Lucifer (Game of Thrones' Gwendoline Christie), exorcist Johanna Constantine (Jenna Coleman) and his sister, Death (Kirby Howell-Baptiste). - Damian Holbrook

TWEAKING THE CBS HIT

How I Met Your Father

TUESDAY, JAN. 18, HULU

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