TV Guide's Michael Schneider, host of KCRW's Spin-off podcast, sits down with author and now executive producer Michael Connelly. They talk about why the Harry Bosch movie never happened and how Bosch ultimately ended up at Amazon as an original series. Connelly also talks about the tough spot of being stuck in the middle during the Amazon and Hachette feud while making his show, and how he landed on Titus Welliver as his leading man.
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Kim Masters is joined by Matt Belloni, executive editor of the Hollywood Reporter, to discuss top entertainment news stories of the week.
- Director Randall Miller pleads guilty, gets jail time in the Midnight Rider case.
- Sumner Redstone will not attend the upcoming Viacom shareholder meeting. This news comes just as Viacom has begun several restructuring operations.
- The MPAA's annual study on box office numbers is in for 2014. The results are grim -- except in China, where the box office continues to boom.
- Disney announces release dates for Star Wars movies and several other blockbuster sequels.
Detective Hieronymus "Harry" Bosch first started solving crimes for the LAPD Hollywood Division in the 1992 novel The Black Echo.
Twenty three years later, author Michael Connelly is still dispatching Bosch to LA's darkest corners. He's working on his 18th Harry Bosch novel as we speak.
In all that time, there's never been a Bosch movie. Connelly sold the rights to Paramount in 1995, and while several scripts were written, the film ultimately never got made.
Two other Connelly novels, Blood Work and The Lincoln Lawyer, were made into movies, but Connelly didn't have much involvement with those adaptations.
But now, Connelly has his rights back and the detective finally has his on-screen debut with the new Amazon series Bosch. The show draws on storylines from three of the novels in the series and has the busy, tormented detective tracking down a serial killer while dealing with a lawsuit against him for killing a suspect in another case.
Connelly is very involved with the show. He's an executive producer who's hands-on and on set. He was even the one who suggested Titus Welliver play the title role. Connelly sat down with TV Guide's Michael Schneider, host of KCRW's The Spin-off, to talk about how his most famous character finally found a home at Amazon, the blessing and curse of not knowing ratings, and the awkward moment of making a show with a company that is also feuding with your book publisher.
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