The two-hour premiere last night of Frank Darabont’s LA Noirish limited event series pulled in 2.3 million total viewers for TNT. Debuting at 9 PM, the heavily promoted Mob City drew 801, 000 viewers among Adults 18-49 and 875,000 viewers among the Adult 25-54 demo. While something quite different for TNT as a limited event series, and with good potential digital life, Mob City’s results last night are at the top end between the cable station’s two most recent debuts Monday Mornings and King And Maxwell - both of whom have since been cancelled. The David E. Kelly medical drama pulled in a weak 1.34 million total viewers at 10 PM on February 4 this year with just 386,000 among Adults 18-49 and 472,000 among the 25-54 demo. The Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney P.I. drama drew 3.5 million total viewers with 825,000 among Adults 18-49 and a bit more than 1 million among Adults 25-54 on June 10. Mob City is based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City. Starring Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, Milo Ventimiglia and Jon Bernthal, the one-hour six-episode series is set to run until December 18. Like the LA Noir book, Mob City focuses on the war between the Police Chief William Parker’s LAPD and newly transplanted gangsters like Mickey Cohen for control of LA during the 1940s. TNT picked up the drama from the former Walking Dead showrunner and fellow …
Frank Darabont’s screenplay from the opening episode of TNT‘s three-week television event Mob City is set to begin rolling out on Twitter today, 140 characters at a time. The line-by-line “adaptweetion” can be read on the handle @MobCityTNT, two days before the launch of Mob City on TNT, according to the network. The project is a collaboration between TNT and Deutsch NY. Twitter followers will be taken back to gritty 1940s Los Angeles as the story unfolds gradually over three days. The story begins just before the end of the first episode, when a shocking turn of events occurs. The “adaptweetion” will include real-time dialogue between characters, pilot footage, talent commentary and other exclusive content, says TNT. Mob City stars including Jon Bernthal (@jonnybernthal), Milo Ventimiglia (@miloventimiglia) and Ed Burns (@edward_burns) will add their own voices to the online conversation. You won’t get all the answers on Twitter, however. To find out what happens at the end of the premiere episode, you’ll have to tune in when Mob City premieres December 4 at 9 PM on TNT.
TNT has ordered six episodes of APB With Troy Dunn (working title), an unscripted investigations series aimed at locating and reuniting missing persons. In each hour-long episode, Dunn (The Locator) will use his expertise and experience to help those desperate to locate and reunite with long-lost loved ones. Viewers also will be able to help in the search via a new social media app powered by technology exclusive to the show. APB With Troy Dunn comes to TNT from Shed Media US (Who Do You Think You Are?, The Real Housewives Of New York City), with Dunn, Pamela Healey, Dan Peirson and Ted Haimes (The Locator, Aftermath With William Shatner) serving as executive producers. Dunn starred in the series The Locator from 2008 to 2010. He is also the author of the book It’s Never Too Late: Lessons For Life From The Locator. APB is slated to premiere Friday, January 17, at 10 PM, following the Season 2 premiere of TNT’s real-life investigation series Cold Justice.
Ed Burns is fast becoming TNT‘s MVP. The actor, who is a regular on Mob City, the network’s upcoming noir drama series set in 1940s Los Angeles, is behind another TNT period crime drama project, which has received a pilot order. The network has greenlighted Public Morals, written, to be directed by and starring Burns. Amblin TV and TNT Original Prods are producing, with Steven Spielberg and Burns executive producing alongside Darryl Frank, Justin Falvey and Aaron Lubin. The project is set in 1967 in New York City’s Public Morals Division, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that comes from dealing with all kinds of vice can get the better of them. It centers on cop Terry Muldoon (Burns), who knows the line between the good guys and bad guys is thin, and he is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the dark underbelly of the vice world. Burns can draw on family history for Public Morals: His father Edward J. Burns worked for the NYPD during the late 1960s. This marks the first TV series multi-hyphenated Burns has created and is starring in. He previously co-created with his brother Brian the NBC comedy The Fighting Fitzgeralds. Burns is with Cinetic Management, John Sloss and David Matlof.
Scarlett Byrne, who played Pansy Parkinson in the final three Harry Potter movies, has joined the cast of TNT‘s alien drama Falling Skies as a new series regular. She plays a mysterious young woman with special powers and an unusual connection to the alien invaders. Byrne’s character, who is said to be key to the story next season, is featured in the final frame (pictured right) of the recently released first Season 4 trailer. (You can watch it below). Byrne, repped by the BWH Agency, Schumacher Management, and Hansen Jacobsen, recently wrapped the feature Skybound.
Argentinian Juan Pablo di Pace (NBC‘s Camp) has joined TNT‘s soapy drama Dallas as new regular. He will play Nicolas Treviño, a powerful self-made billionaire businessman who comes across as a good, genuine guy, even though there are darker parts of his personality which he’s hiding. He is repped by Paula Rosenberg and Jamie Feldman.
After a two-year stint as a regular on Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, Morris Chestnut is segueing to a regular role on another cable series, TNT‘s upcoming drama Legends, from producer Howard Gordon and Fox 21. The series stars Sean Bean as Martin Odum, an FBI Deep Cover Operations agent who has the uncanny ability to transform himself into a completely different person for each job. Chestnut will play Odum’s rival Antonio “Tony” Cimarro, a quick-witted FBI Deep Cover Operative and a natural-born talent for assuming “legends.” Chestnut, repped by Gersh and KLWGN,next will be seen in Universal’s November release The Best Man Holiday.
TNT has greenlighted Wake Up Call (working title), a successor to this summer’s The Hero. The new aspirational reality series comes from the same auspices – star/executive producer Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Electus. I hear TNT wanted to keep the aspirational theme of The Hero but in a close-ended format that would better showcase Johnson. In each episode, Johnson and his team will make a 4 AM “wake up calls” to a different set of everyday people who are facing enormous challenges in their lives and need help. TNT has ordered eight one-hour episodes for a 2014 premiere. Electus, 5×5 Media and 7 Bucks Entertainment are producing, with Electus’ Ben Silverman, Chris Grant and Jimmy Fox executive producing alongside Craig Armstrong, Rick Ringbakk and Charles Wachter of 5×5 Media; and Dwayne Johnson and Dany Garcia of 7 Bucks. “We had a wonderful time working with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson on The Hero, in which he challenged and mentored a group of everyday heroes,” said David Eilenberg, SVP, unscripted development for TNT and TBS. “Wake Up Call evolved from our experience on The Hero and is its natural successor, bringing the human spirit of that show home to take on everyday challenges.”
TNT has put in development Anonymous, an action-driven drama from Sons Of Anarchy executive producer Chris Collins. Wild West Prods is in negotiations to board the project, about an ex-special ops soldier who discovers a global coverup that forces him to go off the grid to help those who cannot help themselves. Collins, repped by UTA and attorney Joel McKuin, will executive produce with Wild West’s Peter Billingsley and Victoria Vaughn. Collins, whose previous credits include The Wire, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Starz’s Crash, has several other projects in development including music-driven period event series Hit Men at Spike TV produced by Leslie Greif and Gene Simmons.
EXCLUSIVE: Mira Sorvino is set to recur on the fourth season of TNT‘s popular alien invasion drama Falling Skies, set for a summer 2014 premiere. She will play Sara, a woman far removed from her former life as a graphic designer who is now dogged by death at every turn, yet she has never felt more alive, free or fearless. A chance encounter with guerrilla fighter John Pope (Colin Cunningham) leads her to join the resistance and develop a strong personal bond with the outlaw-turned-warrior. This marks Oscar winner Sorvino’s return to TNT where she recently toplined drama pilot Trooper. Falling Skies is produced by DreamWorks TV.
TNT‘s Franklin & Bash has snagged another late renewal. The legal dramedy has become the last of the cable network’s summer scripted series to learn its fate, scoring a 10-episode fourth-season pickup. In Season 3, stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar were joined by Heather Locklear, who had a one-year deal, so I hear a new agreement needs to be ironed out for her to return for Season 4. Franklin & Bash opened its third season in the new Wednesday 9 PM slot with 2 million Live+Same Day viewers and closed it out with 2.2 million for the finale. Created by Kevin Falls and Bill Chais, the buddy show is produced by FanFare Prods in association with Sony Pictures TV. Franklin & Bash joins TNT’s recently renewed Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception and Falling Skies, while King & Maxwell was cancelled.
The auspices behind CBS’ midseason drama series Golden Boy, creator/executive producer Nicholas Wootton and executive producer Greg Berlanti, have reunited for another hourlong project, this time at TNT. The cable network has put in development President X, a political thriller from Berlanti Prods. and Warner Horizon Television. The sale comes on the heels of Berlanti Prods. quietly extending its rich Warner Bros. TV deal through 2018. Written by Wootton based on an idea by Alon Aranya, Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor, President X centers on a former U.S. President who wakes up from a year-long coma and, now out of power, must hunt down the individual who tried to assassinate him. Wootton and Berlanti are executive producing with Scripted World’s Aranya and Rob Golenberg (ABC’s Betrayal) and Melissa Kellner Berman. Guy Nattiv and Erez Tadmor serve as consulting producers.
On the heels of its strong debut, the Dick Wolf-produced TNT unscripted series Cold Justice has been renewed for a second season to air in early 2014. It is the second TNT reality series to earn a sophomore-season renewal, after Boston’s Finest. The procedural, from Wolf Films and Magical Elves, pulled in 2.9 million viewers total with 942,000 among adults 25-54 in its September premiere, by far the biggest opening for a TNT reality series, with the No. 2, Boston’s Finest, at 1.3 million total viewers. The series, which wraps its first season on October 22, has averaged 2.5 million viewers season to date (most current ratings) to rank as one of basic cable’s Top 5 new unscripted series of Q3 2013. Cold Justice follows female investigators Kelly Siegler, a Texas prosecutor for 21 years who has successfully tried 68 murder cases, and Yolanda McClary, a crime scene investigator, as they dig into cold murder cases. Wolf, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer executive produce.
TNT is adding another contender for its popcorn action Sunday lineup that includes Falling Skies and the upcoming Last Ship. The cable network has given a pilot order to an untitled project from The Bourne Identity co-writer W. Blake Herron. Described as National Treasure meets Bourne Identity, the action/adventure drama centers on person called upon in times of extreme crisis, when traditional law and government aren’t in position to help. Created by the original founding fathers but hidden from the public, the agent of unknown identity that is trained and ready to serve — deployed only at the careful discretion of the Vice President. Turner Originals is producing, with Herron and Armyan Bernstein (Air Force One) executive producing.
There will be no second season for TNT drama King & Maxwell. The procedural, starring Rebecca Romijn and Jon Tenney as Secret Service agents-turned-private investigators, was pretty stable during his run, opening with 3.5 million viewers in June and closing out its first season with the same viewership. But it followed Major Crimes, which consistently drew 5 million-plus. With the cancellation of King & Maxwell, the only one remaining TNT bubble series is Franklin & Bash. The cable net last month renewed Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception and Falling Skies.
TNT has greenlit Murder in the First, a new scripted drama from Emmy®-winner Steven Bochco and starring Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss). Co-created by Bochco and Eric Lodal (The Locrian Mode), Murder in the First also stars Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Mimi Kirkland (Safe Haven), Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time), Ian Anthony Dale (Hawaii Five-0), Bess Rous (What Just Happened) and Steven Weber (Dallas, Wings).
TNT has ordered 10 episodes of Murder in the First, which is being produced by TNT Originals. Bochco serves as executive producer, with Lodal as co-executive producer. The series is slated to premiere on TNT in summer 2014. TBS International will handle distribution to regions outside the United States and Canada.
TNT has ordered 15-episode new seasons of three of its highest performing original summer series, Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer spinoff Major Crimes and Perception, for next summer. The three join recently renewed Falling Skies. No decisions have been made yet on freshman King & Maxwell and Franklin & Bash, whose future is uncertain, as is that of the 2 reality series TNT launched in the summer, The Hero and 72 Hours.
The four renewed TNT dramas rank among basic cable’s Top 10 series with total viewers this summer, with Rizzoli & Isles leading the pack at No.1. Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles are two of basic cable’s Top 5 dramas with adults 18-49. “With the renewals of Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Falling Skies and Perception, TNT has built an incredibly strong arsenal of scripted series,” Michael Wright said. “And it’s only going to get stronger with the addition of Mob City and the return of Dallas this winter, not to mention the debuts of The Last Ship and Legends next summer.”
Frank Darabont‘s six-episode TNT drama series, previously known as Lost Angels, will be titled Mob City. It will premiere on Wednesday, December 4th at 10 PM. In conjunction with the announcement, the network also has released a first-look video for the period drama, based on the book L.A. Noir: The Struggle For The Soul Of America’s Most Seductive City. Darabont wrote and directed the pilot for Mob City, which is set in post-World War II Los Angeles, a city caught between a powerful and corrupt police force and an even more dangerous criminal network determined to make L.A. its West Coast base. Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) has made it his mission to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), the ruthless king of the Los Angeles underworld. Co-starring are Jeffrey DeMunn, Jon Bernthal, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, Milo Ventimiglia and Alexa Davalos. Darabont, Michael De Luca and Elliot Webb executive produce.