Get Ready, Because These 9 Podcasts Are Becoming TV Shows

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Get Ready, Because These 9 Podcasts Are Becoming TV Shows
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Breaking: Your favorite podcasts are going primetime. Now that it seems like the entertainment industry has exhausted all the good teen fantasy chick lit to translate to the screen, they’re looking for new material. Good material. And they’re finding it in podcasts.

MORE: 20 Best True Crime Podcasts as Good as ‘Serial’

These aren’t your run-of-the-mill, beach-friendly stories, though. No, podcasts go deep and dark, which means we’re about to see a whole new wave of TV that focuses on those forgotten corners of our world—the places some of us might prefer not to think about. But once we shine a light into that darkness, we can’t look away.

MORE: 9 Women-Run Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

One of the most popular podcast topics? True crime, by far, and most of these podcast-to-TV adaptations reflect that popularity. Whether they’re fiction or real-life stories, the TV shows promise to be just as engrossing as the original.

Click through our slideshow to see all the hit podcasts that will soon be coming to a TV near you.

Originally posted on SheKnows.com

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Lore'
'Lore'

Lore will be released on Amazon on Oct. 13. The anthology series will follow a similar format as the podcast in that each episode will highlight a different legend from folklore in a documentary-style narrative. Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd serves as the series' showrunner.

The podcast was created by Aaron Mahnke in 2015 and was a pretty immediate success with its origin stories of werewolves, witches and vampires.

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Serial'
'Serial'

Pretty much the OG of podcast true crime, Serial Season 1 investigated the case of Adnan Syed, a high school student who was convicted of killing his ex-girlfriend. Sarah Koenig serves as a host for the series.

20th Century Fox inked a deal back in 2015 to develop the show into a series, but the details are still in development. What we do know is that the show will be based more on the behind-the-scenes aspects of developing the podcast rather than the Syed case itself.

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Tanis'
'Tanis'

Tanis is a mystery-horror fiction podcast that follows narrator Nic Silver as he attempts to unravel the mysteries of Tanis. What and where is it?

According to The Hollywood Reporter, as of July 2017, the television rights for Tanis had been acquired by Universal Cable Productions, and the series was in development. No word yet when we can expect the series to air.

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'The Bright Sessions'
'The Bright Sessions'

The Bright Sessions has achieved wild popularity with over 6 million downloads. The fiction podcast tells the tales of a therapist and her supernatural patients.

Like Tanis, the television rights for The Bright Sessions have also been acquired by Universal Cable Productions. The Hollywood Reporter said podcast creator Lauren Shippen, with the help of Grey's Anatomy writer Gabrielle G. Stanton, is penning the script.

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Limetown'
'Limetown'

This fiction podcast tells the story of journalist Lia Haddock as she details the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee. Limetown became the No. 1 podcast on iTunes within two months of its July 29, 2015, release.

In April 2016, Limetown writer and director Zack Akers wrote an email to fans about the plans to write a television script based on the show. "We have to convince a studio to pay for it, actors to be in it, and then networks to air it. All of these steps are very hard, and there’s a good chance it all falls apart pretty quickly. BUT there’s also the chance this happens, and then we’re making a TV show."

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Homecoming'
'Homecoming'

Homecoming already seems poised for television as it employs the voice talents of A-listers like Oscar Isaac, Catherine Keener and David Schwimmer. The podcast is a political thriller that tells the story of a caseworker at a secret government facility.

Julia Roberts is in talks to star in the series, which is set to air on Amazon.

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Sword and Scale'
'Sword and Scale'

One of my personal favorite podcasts, Sword and Scale tells the true stories of some of the worst human acts in history. Each episode, the show tackles a different case or topic in the true-crime arena.

On Episode 91 of Sword and Scale, show host and creator Mike Boudet announced he was in talks to make the podcast into a television show with Propagate Content. He added on the show's website, "We have some big names onboard which we’ll be announcing soon, but we’re very excited about how it’s all coming together."

Photo: Mike Boudet
STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Alice Isn't Dead'
'Alice Isn't Dead'

Alice Isn't Dead is the story of one woman's search for her missing wife, Alice. Not only does she join up with a trucking company in the investigation, but the supernatural also has an eery role to play.

The Washington Post reported USA has acquired the rights to make the podcast into a show slated for a 2018 premiere.

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STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'StartUp'
'StartUp'

ABC picked up a pilot order back in 2016 for a show starring Zach Braff about the popular first season of the podcast. The comedy, called Alex, Inc., will follow the story of a man who decides to quit his job and start his own business. The series has since been picked up for a full season.

Braff is also set to direct the first episode.

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  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Lore'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Serial'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Tanis'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'The Bright Sessions'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Limetown'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Homecoming'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Sword and Scale'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'Alice Isn't Dead'
  • STYLECASTER | Podcasts Coming to Television | 'StartUp'

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