Attention Grown-Up 'Harry Potter' Fans: J.K. Rowling's New Crime Show Premieres Tonight!

j.k. rowling show c.b. strike
PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER FURLONG / GETTY IMAGES, CINEMAX

There may not ever be another "Harry Potter" book or film, but that doesn't mean J.K. Rowling's reign is over. In fact, she's full of surprises. 

After becoming an icon from writing the "Harry Potter" series, Rowling wrote a series of mystery novels for a more mature audience under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. It was very sneaky, but she loved the anonymity and honest reviews she received. Now three of those books from her anonymous alter-ego — "The Cuckoo's Calling," "The Silkworm," and "Career of Evil" — have been adapted into a seven-episode miniseries called C.B. Strike (simply Strike in Britain).

The Cuckoo's Calling
Amazon.com

The show premiered last year in the U.K., but for American fans, C.B. Strike premieres on Cinemax Friday, June 1. It's sure to entice mystery fans and grown-up "Harry Potter" fans alike.

The miniseries follows the literary character Cormoran Strike (Tom Burke), a war veteran turned private detective, and his assistant Robin Ellacott (Holliday Grainger) while they solve complex crimes in modern day London. While there's no Potter magic involved, the series does promise some of those edge-of-your-seat thrills and that deep characterization we've come to love from Rowling.

Rowling also serves as executive producer on the series and has played a major role in the adaptation.

"I had input on the storyline, casting, and adaptation because of what I have planned in the future for the characters, but other than that I left it to the great team of experts who have made it all happen," she wrote on her Galbraith website.

C.B. Strike
Cinemax

If you're skeptical to get involved with a seven-episode miniseries, you can find comfort in the fact that there will be more to come. And maybe, just maybe, us grown-up "Harry Potter" fans will have a new J.K. Rowling character to get excited about.

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CHRISTINA BUFF

Christina is a writer, editor, creator, and workaholic from Maryland with an encyclopedic knowledge of How I Met Your Mother. She’d rather be at a Phish show. Catch up with her on her site Touch Infinity.

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