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Issue 30. (Art by Josh Hass)

The Wheel of Time TV Show

What we know:

Network: Unknown
Production Studio - Sony Pictures Television
Production Company - Radar Pictures
Show Runner - Rafe Judkins
Executive Producers - Ted FieldMike WeberDarren LemkeRed Eagle
Consulting Producer - Harriet McDougal


(21 Feb 2018) In an article by Deadline concerning Amazon picking up Iain M. Banks’ classic sci-fi Culture book series, the following was said:
As part of the effort, Amazon made a mega deal for a Lord Of the Rings TV series and is developing a slew of high-profile titles, including The Dark TowerWheel of Time, Ringworld, Lazarus and Snow Crash.
Error, wishful thinking or letting the cat out of the bag? Which ever it is, Narg isn't believing it until Amazon themselves announce it or Deadline actually reports the news in a dedicated article.

Quite a few news websites have reported the story, most of them focusing on The Dark Tower mention using the above quote as their source. and IGN being the biggest of the bunch, but major Industry sites like Variety, The Hollywood Reporter haven't. is also choosing not to bite yet.

Attempts by Narg and others to get clarification from Deadline have yielded zero results and all Amazon had to say was: does not comment about rumors or speculative news reports.
In conclusion, it's up to you whether you think the news of two major bestselling book franchises being picked up by Amazon, only merits a three line offhand mention. Clearly some people do, while others don't. It could turn out to be true, but INO there is no way that Amazon or Deadline would have wanted the news to come out like that.

(9 Feb 2018) Ted Field is in the news again and promoting The Wheel of Time.

In an article on Deadline he had the following to say:
"If Beirut is arriving at a difficult time, Field believes his TV show with Sony, Wheel of Time, may find its moment. The show is set in the distant future when women now rule a universe that has been all but destroyed by the male power structure – “the ultimate gender dynamics series,” Field says. The show is based on a series of 14 volumes written by Robert Jordan (pen name for James O. Rigney Jr). “Timing is part of the roller coaster ride,” Field observes.
(2 Feb 2018) Rafe Judkins the Wheel of Time Showrunner teased us with the Hashtag #WoTmeets LotR from Guatemala where he was on a writers retreat, seemingly indicating he was working on WoT.

Three weeks ago it was announced that Rafe had been picked to rewrite the Uncharted Movie. Looks like that gig isn't getting in the way of him working on WoT.

(18 Jan 2018) Ted Fields Lawyer spoke to the Hollywood Reporter and teased us with this:
One of those announcements will be a television series for Wheel of Time
Other than that not a peep since JordanCon back in April 2017, at which we learnt the following:
Sony Pictures Television has signed a contract with executive producer Ted Field of Radar Productions (with whom Bandersnatch Group signed a contract last year) to develop a TV production of the Wheel of Time series.
And a week or so later:
We understand that Rafe and Ted are currently in discussions with a number of content distributors/networks, and that negotiations will be concluded soon. Sorry, we don't know who they are.
Source for both comments from Robert Jordan's The Wheel of Time Googleplus page.

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Still no official confirmation or even a hint that the mention in the Deadline article was accurate. If it's true, Narg's gotta say that it doesn't bode well for WoT or DT that Amazon haven't made any announcement regarding either. After all the article say's that they in development not that there in negotiations to acquire them. Given that, Narg can see no good reason why you wouldn't announce either show officially once the news got out, unless you have acquired them but not yet decided to go ahead with them. An even worse case scenario INO would be that they might be planning on only producing a pilot episode of each, and have them go head to head in their public pilot voting program... That would suck! 

One could argue that perhaps Amazon are just waiting until JordanCon in April, as that has been the pattern so far with news on the show. Could be, but that doesn't explain why they'd also be sitting on the DT announcement.

Anyhow just more waffle from Narg. Time will tell whether or not Deadline got it right or not. Until then here's some other stuff to ponder:

The Hollywood Reporter has an interesting Article; The Challenge of Surviving Season 2 in the Peak TV Era
Among the many difficulties of life in the Peak TV era is the return of good series that lacked buzz or insanely devoted fan bases for the dreaded and pivotal second season.
A lot of shows die right there.
Of course, losing buzz or failing to launch in the first season is still a far sorrier state to be in. As the importance of ratings gets a whole lot blurrier and the importance of simply being discovered among infinite choices increases, the whole notion of how to evaluate the current health and future well-being of a series becomes more difficult.
This is what worries Narg most about WoT possibly being at Amazon. If Amazon makes all the genre shows that they've announced plus DT and WoT, then it will be in a death match for viewers and attention, and that's before taking into account the other Fantasy shows coming on Netflix and Showtime. It's going to be a crowded scene in the next few years and given how much all these shows will be costing, only those that manage to get the most attention and hype will survive. Just look at Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency, a perfectly good show INO, not blow your mind great, but good. Yet it gets axed after two seasons, while cheaper crappier shows survive.

Narg doesn't want to see Wheel of Time get lost in the crowd, that's why Narg thinks it would be better off, if it was the Marque show for the channel it ends up on and not just one of many. Say TNT for example or AppleTV. Sure it will still have to compete with shows on other channels, but it will get a lot more marketing and effort put into it, if it's the top dog, and the network is likely to give it more time to grow its audience and breakthrough(assuming it's not a dud from the beginning).

Speaking of TNT, they just canceled The Librarians.
The Librarians was one of the last dramas that predated the arrival of TBS and TNT president Kevin Reilly after the exec canceled Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Rizzoli & Isles and other procedural fare in favor of edgier (and more expensive) content in a bid to break through the cluttered scripted landscape. TNT's scripted roster now includes Animal Kingdom, Claws, Good Behavior, The Alienist and the upcoming One Day She'll Darken, Snowpiercer and Deadlier Than the Male. Veteran The Last Ship is also expected to end with its forthcoming season.
Well if you want to break through guys, how putting on TV the biggest Epic Fantasy franchise of the last 30 years! Just say' can make it edgy if that's ya thing....

General Wheel of Time News

-Solomitus- from r/wot shared some awesome wallpapers he whipped up!

On the less awesome front, Leigh Butler shared her Top Five Worst Moments of The Wheel of Time. It got mixed reviews from what Narg has seen.

Lindy Design's Lab has been making Perrin's axe:

Lindy has previously made Mat's Ashandarei:

 Kale on Twitter found an alternative use for EotW!

Narg dug up some facts re the popularity of A Song of Ice and Fire vs The Wheel of Time pre Game of Throne's in response to someone using anecdotal evidence to say aSoIaF was a bigger seller than WoT. Figures are hardcover USA sales in year of release.
2005 Is the last time you can accurately measure the popularity of both series. The next aSoIaF book came out in 2011 after the first season had aired.
2005 sales figures..Knife of Dreams by Robert Jordan. Tor (514,833), A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin. Bantam (#325,000)
 A Dance with Dragons in 2011 sold 750 000 copies and of course the books have gone on to sell a gazillion more copies since then. But if anyone ever tries to tell you aSoIaF was bigger than WoT preshow....just quote the facts! (Source Publishers Weekly)

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