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See the covers for 'The Originals,' a new book series from Julie Plec

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With protagonists as old as the Original family, The CW’s hit show The Originals has a lot of history to cover. So to help with catching viewers up on the family’s 1,000-year-old saga, executive producer Julie Plec has created entirely new stories for a trilogy of books.

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'Gilmore Girls' reading-inspired challenge: 7 books to read right now

Fans of Gilmore Girls know that a scene featuring daughter Rory Gilmore (Alexis Bledel) with a book in hand was a prominent part of the show’s storyline across its seven season run, influencing the teen’s stance on everything from politics to pizza toppings. And while the quirky mother-daughter dramedy employed frequent pop culture references beyond literature (mother Lorelai Gilmore, played by Lauren Graham, was a film buff whose Friday movie nights included screenings of American Gigolo and Animal House, while Rory’s BFF had a sophisticated taste for Velvet Underground), Rory was—and remains—remarkably different from the majority of designer clothing-and-dating obsessed teens on TV. Week after week, loyal viewers tuned into see Rory read and talk about books, an infatuation which underscored both her ambition and her journey of self-discovery as she navigated the growing pains of young adulthood.

Packed with literary references from Chaucer to Truman Capote, the cult TV show—which was cancelled in 2007—has inspired numerous online reading groups, book lists and literary clubs. But none have been quite like the massive challenge created by fan Patrick Lenton, who in 2013, decided to read all 339 titles referenced in Gilmore Girls in a massive endeavor he calls the Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge.

“While I was watching Gilmore Girls, I saw Rory voraciously reading this huge variety of books, from the classics to literature to genre. I realized that it had been ages since I’d challenged myself in my reading—I was fairly set in my favorite authors, in my genre styles. I realized that unless I really kicked myself into action, I might never read some of the ‘greats,’” Lenton says, who compiled his exhaustive list by watching every single episode of the show. Though he hasn’t loved all of them. Says Lenton: “There are some books on there that I really dislike, and find weird to be included anywhere. But, in the end there’s nothing I really can’t imagine Rory reading – she’s indiscriminate in her enthusiasm, and I think that’s why I wanted to be just like her.”

Just in time to celebrate the series now available via streaming on Netflix, Lenton shares seven of his very favorite Rory Gilmore-inspired reads. READ FULL STORY

Damon Lindelof talks series endings and more in excerpts from 'Showrunners'

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Behind every great show is a hardworking showrunner—someone who has a hand in just about everything, from the words the characters say to the look of any given scene. On October 31st, Des Doyle’s documentary Showrunners will tell that behind-the-scenes story in theaters (and VOD).

But before the film is released, viewers can get plenty of scoop in the documentary’s written companion. Tara Bennett’s Showrunners: The Art of Running a TV Show is an insider’s guide to running hit shows, featuring exclusive interviews with Joss Whedon, Damon Lindelof, Shawn Ryan, David Shore, and more. READ FULL STORY

DC Entertainment launching 'Arrow' and 'Flash' digital comics

The CW’s returning hit show Arrow and the upcoming The Flash might be based off of well-known comics, but the shows themselves are about to get digital comics of their own.

DC Comics announced that it is creating Arrow: Season 2.5 and The Flash: Season Zero to launch this Fall. In the new digital series, which will be written by the showrunners of Arrow and The Flash, the stories will fit into the timeline of the show, giving fans a glimpse at what happens when the show isn’t on the air. For Arrow fans, that means everything from “Olicity” action to meeting new characters.

First reported by TV Guide, Arrow executive producer Marc Guggenheim will write the comic alongside fellow Arrow writer Keto Shimizu. “It will take us from the end of season two right up to the beginning of season three,” Guggenheim told TV Guide. “We’ve tried to put in all the elements that people like about the show, so there will be Oliver and Felicity banter. We’re going to see what’s happened to Detective Lance after he collapsed in the season finale. A good chunk of the burning questions left over will get answered in the tie-in comic.” READ FULL STORY

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