TNT’s summer sci-fi drama Falling Skies has been renewed for a fifth and final season, and the network also gave a second-season order to freshman hit The Last Ship and a fourth-season pickup to Major Crimes. Falling Skies‘ final run will be for 10 episodes. TNT has ordered 13 episodes of Last Ship, an increase over its first-season order of 10 episodes. The network is also ordering 15 episodes of Major Crimes. Negotiations on a renewal of TNT’s top drama Rizzoli & Isles are underway, with that pickup expected soon. No decision yet on TNT’s other freshman drama, Murder in the First, which has not been as strong as Last Ship
I hear it was the producers’ wish to finish Falling Skies after five seasons as they felt that was the time they needed to wrap the story in the best possible way. For TNT, the pending loss of the demo rating dynamo would have been a big blow had it not been for the arrival of another breakout adventure drama, Michael Bay’s The Last Ship, which this summer, much like Rizzoli & Isles, came on just before previous TNT flagship, The Closer, wrapped its run. Falling Skies helped launch Last Ship much like The Closer launched Rizzoli & Isles. Last Ship has averaged more than 7.2 million viewers in Live + 7 and ranks as basic cable’s #1 scripted series this summer with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54 as well as also cable’s #1 new series for … Read More »
Hampton Fluker is set as to guest star in Episode 307 of TNT‘s drama series Major Crimes, envisioned as a backdoor pilot for a potential spinoff series from The Closer spinoff focusing on Jon Tenney’s character. Fluker, who has an option to become a regular on the proposed new series, will play alpha male Jamey Perez, an intelligent, determined and ambitious third-generation LAPD officer who wants to spend his time in SWAT for the best purposes possible. The actor, repped by TGE and Gersh, co-starred in the ABC drama pilot Warriors.
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Charlotte D’Ambroise has joined AMC drama pilot Galyntine. Written by Jason Cahill and directed/exec produced by Greg Nicotero, the fantasy-action adventure with hints of sci-fi is set in a postapocalyptic future without technology where a band of survivors is forced to adapt to isolation and the challenges of their new world. D’Amboise, a two-time Tony nominee, will play Micah, a former healer and now the colony’s unofficial historian. The actress, repped by Joan Sittenfield Management, is currently starring in the Pippin revival on Broadway.
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.” Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: TNT drama Major Crimes is getting its upcoming second season supersized. The network has ordered four additional episodes from The Closer spinoff, bringing its second season order to 19 episodes. That is almost twice the size of Major Crimes‘ first season, which consisted of 10 episodes. Additionally, another TNT drama going into its second season, the Eric McCormack starrer Perception, has received a pickup for one additional episode, bringing its Season 2 order to 14 episodes. Major Crimes’ second season debuts on June 10, Perception‘s on June 25. Major Crimes‘ debut, which aired immediately after the blockbuster series finale of The Closer last August, drew 9.5 million viewers, a new record as basic cable’s most-watched series launch ever. With an average audience of nearly 7 million, Major Crimes’ first season ranked as cable’s No. 1 new series for last year.
EXCLUSIVE: My Name Is Earl alumna Nadine Velazquez has joined TNT drama series Major Crimes as new regular for the upcoming second season. Additionally, former Closer co-star Robert Gossett, who recurred as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor, Captain Raydor’s (Mary McDonnell) direct superior, on the first season of Major Crimes, is being promoted to regular. On The Closer spinoff, Velazquez will play Deputy D.A. Emma Rios. Newly assigned to the Phillip Stroh case, Emma interviews Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) about his involvement as a key witness in the murder case. She immediately causes a stir within the department, coming into conflict with Raydor (McDonnell) when she questions Raydor’s intentions as Rusty’s guardian and challenges her authority. Velazquez, repped by Gersh and KLWGN, was recently seen in Flight and in a 16-episode arc on FX’s The League. She is in Snitch and next stars in Aztec Warrior. Gossett, repped by Stone Manners Salners, is the second Closer alum and recurring player on Major Crimes to be promoted to regular for Season 2, joining Jonathan del Arco.
Jonathan Del Arco, who has been recurring as the snarky but lovable medical examiner Dr. Morales on five seasons of TNT‘s The Closer and the first season of spinoff Major Crimes, has been promoted to a series regular for Major Crimes‘ upcoming second season. He is with SDB Partners and Kyle Fritz Management.
Also promoted to regular for Season 2 is Arrow‘s Colton Haynes. Haynes has appeared in one episode so far of the CW series and will continue to recur for the remainder of Season 1 before getting a bump to regular. He plays Roy Harper, a man who has lived a life of crime growing up in The Glades section of Starling City and who now has a relationship with Thea Queen (Willa Holland).
‘Major Crimes’ Coming To The UK
Major Crimes, the Mary McDonnell police procedural hit for TNT, will go out on the Universal Channel in the UK. The Warner Bros. International Television Distribution show, which spins off from Kyra Sedgwick-starrer The Closer, follows McDonnell’s Captain Sharon Raydor as the recently-upped head of LAPD’s Major Crimes Division. Major Crimes got its second season order from TNT back in September, after the first season’s debut episode played to 9.5M viewers (Live + 7). – Joe Utichi
‘Sapphires’ Actress Signs With Impression Entertainment
Shari Sebbens plays one of four Aboriginal girls from Outback Australia who formed a successful singing group in the 1960s in The Sapphires. That was her first film role but it’s landed her a U.S. management deal with Impression Entertainment. Sebbens, repped in Oz by Linsten Morris Management, is going to the U.S. next month with her co-stars, producers and director Wayne Blair for the Weinstein Co.’s March 22 launch of The Sapphires in New York and Los Angeles. She has reteamed with Blair on TV drama series The Gods Of Wheat Street. She and Sapphires co-star Deborah Mailman appear with Bryan Brown in feature The Darkside from writer-director Warwick Thornton. - Don Groves
TNT has gone 3-for-3, giving all of its freshman series a second-season pickup. The cable network has renewed The Closer spinoff series Major Crimes with a 15-episode second-season order. The series starring Mary McDonnell will end its first-season run in mid-October, with Season 2 slated to roll out next summer. Major Crimes hails from The Closer creator James Duff and Warner Horizon. “With Major Crimes, James Duff and his amazing production team have crafted an incredibly entertaining show that not only honors the spirit of The Closer, but also stands alone with its own voice and spirit,” said TNT’s head of programming Michael Wright. Read More »
TNT’s flagship drama The Closer ended its seven-season run last night with 9,075,000 viewers in Live + Same Day to become cable’s No. 1 series telecast for the summer-to-date. Among adults 18-49, The Closer averaged 2 million viewers, its 25-54 tally was 2.7 million. In total viewers, The Closer finale squeaked past the Season 2 closer of AMC’s The Walking Dead to No. 3 on the list of the most watched basic cable series telecasts in Live+Same Day. The TNT drama now claims the second and third spot behind the finale of USA’s Monk (9.4 million) with its 2007 midseason finale and last night’s episode. (In Live+7, The Walking Dead March finale is tops with 11.6million)
Following The Closer‘s finale, spinoff Major Crimes opened solidly with 7,184,000 viewers in Live + Same Day to rank as cable’s No.1 new series launch for the year-to-date. TNT has now claims cable’s Top 3 new series launches of 2012 in total viewers, with Major Crimes followed by the June 13 premiere of Dallas (6.9 million viewers) and the July 9 debut of Perception (5.6 million viewers). Major Crimes‘ demo results were 1.5 million in 18-49 and 2.0 million in 25-54.
Actor-comedian Hayes MacArthur (Perfect Couples) has been cast in Fox’s single-camera comedy pilot Rebounding. The project, written by Joe Port and Joe Wiseman and directed by Jason Winer, is an uplifting comedy about a man recovering from the death of his fiancé with the help of the idiots on his pickup basketball team, one of them played by MacArthur. Port and Wiseman are executive producing Rebounding with Steve Levitan. The project reunites MacArthur with Winer. In 2005, the duo wrote, directed and starred in a short, The Adventures of Big Handsome Guy and His Little Friend, which got the attention of 20th Century Fox TV executives who signed them to adapt the short as a TV series. The project went to pilot at Fox the following year and launched the Winer and MacArthur’s TV careers. MacArthur, repped by CAA, Flutie Entertainment and attorney Todd Rubenstein, will next be seen in the feature Bachelorette, which premiered at Sundance.
Kearran Giovanni has landed a co-starring role on TNT’s upcoming series Major Crimes, a spinoff from the network’s long-running hit The Closer. In her first series regular role, Giovanni, who has recurred as Dr. Vivian Wright on the daytime drama One Life to Live since 2009, will play Detective Amy Skyes, an ambitious undercover police detective and military veteran who served in Afghanistan. Giovanni’s credits include the Broadway plays Hugh Jackman Back on Broadway, Catch Me if You Can, Guys and … Read More »
Lenny Venito (Men In Black 2 & 3, The Sopranos) has landed a lead role in ABC’s untitled Dan Fogelman comedy pilot. The single-camera project, from ABC Family and Kapital Entertainment, centers on Marty Weaver (Venito) who, in order to give his kids a better life than he had, moves his family — wife Debbie (Jami Gertz) and three children — to an exclusive, lush, curiously affordable gated community in New Jersey, which has only one drawback: everyone else living there is an alien from Planet Zabvron.
Graham Patrick Martin has been cast as a series regular on TNT’s upcoming The Closer spinoff series Major Crimes. He will play Rusty, a homeless juvenile character that is being introduced in the series finale of Closer. Martin, repped by TalentWorks and Untitled, was a regular on The Bill Engvall Show and has been recurring on Two And A Half Men.
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As a spinoff of The Closer – TNT’s most popular scripted drama series ever — Major Crimes, which premieres in the summer, has its work cut out to match its predecessor. But the man who created and ran The Closer and now oversees Major Crimes, James Duff, said during a TCA panel this afternoon that the new series has more going for it than simply impressive pedigree. It’s also got many of the supporting players from The Closer, including Mary McDonnell stepping into the starring role left vacant by star Kyra Sedgwick’s departure. “We’re not going to explain to the audience that this isn’t The Closer,” Duff said. “That will be immediately obvious because [Sedgwick's] not there any more. But there will be a lot of new territory for us to mine. And it isn’t like they’re all running off to Seattle and starring in a radio talk show,” a reference to the way Cheers was spun off into Frasier.” They’re all going back to their desks, doing some version of the jobs that they did before.” Duff went on to stress that in fact the new show promises to open up fertile new territory for the producers and cast. “The Closer was always about getting the confession,” he said. “While that was intriguing, it forced a kind of structure on the show that we will now be able to improvise with more. … Read More »
With their Nashville pilot Outlaw Country heating up for a series pickup at FX, Josh Goldin and Rachel Abramowitz have sold a second drama project to NBC. The legal drama, titled Major Crimes, hails from Sony Pictures TV and producer Michael London (Milk), who is executive producing through his Groundswell Prods. Described as “ER in the LA prosecutor’s office,” Major Crimes is set in the world of young ADAs in a Los Angeles downtown court building. Moving at a bullet pace, the show focuses on an ensemble cast of massively overworked ADAs falling in love, battling their own demons and ambitions, while seeking out justice on the run. Goldin and Abramowitz are co-writing/executive producing the project, which came out of the extensive research the two did in the court offices in downtown LA. Major Crimes joins two other recently announced Groundswell series projects: A Visit From The Goon Squad at HBO and Magicians at Fox through 20th TV. Abramowitz and Goldin, who previously ventured into the legal genre with the Lifetime movie One Angry Juror, are with CAA & Media Talent; London is with CAA.