A new TV series that is getting acclaim shares a title and a basic theme with a recently published book, also set to become a TV series, which may result in some confusion.
Here’s the story. The Returned, the TV show, is an eight-part French series which will air here on the Sundance Channel beginning Thursday (Halloween night). About what happens in a small town in the French Alps when dead people suddenly begin returning to their loved ones, it is based on the 2004 French film They Came Back, (the French title of both the TV series and the movie is Les Revenants).
The Returned, the book, is Jason Mott’s debut novel, published in late August by Harlequin/MIRA (Brilliance Audio; Thorndike large print). It is about what happens in a small American town when a young boy, who has been dead nearly 50 years, suddenly returns. Meanwhile, across the U.S., similar events are taking place.
A LibraryReads pick, it got a string of reviews (USA Today‘s was particularly admiring) and appeared on the NYT best seller list for two weeks, hitting a high of #16.
An ABC TV series based on it will debut in March, titled Resurrection (thus avoiding confusion with the Sundance TV series, while setting up confusion over the book).