UPDATE, 3:30 PM: The network has now announced its full summer schedule joining the series premieres of The Last Ship and Legends. It includes the series premiere of Steven Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First on Monday, June 9 at 1o PM, following the Season 3 premiere of Major Crimes at 9 PM. The full schedule and the newly released Murder In The First trailer is below the original story.
PREVIOUS, MONDAY AM: The series premiere of TNT‘s action drama The Last Ship from Michael Bay will premiere on Sunday, June 22 at 9 PM, followed by the Season 4 bow of the network’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies at 10 PM. TNT’s other new drama, Legends, has been given a 9 PM Wednesday, August 20 launch date. The trio join returning summer runs for Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, Perception and Franklin & Bash, new episodes of Dallas, and the launch of Stephen Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First — those dates have yet to be announced. Today’s news was announced during TNT’s panel at SXSW, which includes a sneak peek of Last Ship, which stars Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra and centers on a Navy vessel that may be humanity’s last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. Check out the sneak below as well as trailers for the other two series: Read More »
UPDATED: Tom Everett Scott (Southland) and Niall Matter (Watchmen) have landed series regular roles on TNT’s drama pilot Guilt By Association, from former prosecutor Marcia Clark, on whose book the project is based, and Dee Johnson. The project centers on Rachel Knight (Julia Stiles), a talented, unorthodox and impulsive Deputy DA in the LA County District Attorney’s office who sometimes operates outside the law in order to uphold it. Scott will play Eric Northup, the Head Deputy of the Special Trials Unit. Matter, repped by Gersh, Thruline and Play Management in Canada, will play police Lt. Graden Hales, who is Detective Bailey Keller’s (Elisabeth Röhm) boss. Scott, with Paradigm and John Carrabino Management, currently recurs on CW’s Beauty & The Beast and previously appeared on Sons Of Anarchy and Law & Order. Matter’s TV credits include Arctic Air, Motive, Primeval: New World and Eureka.
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EXCLUSIVE: Jennifer Beals is set as the lead in the TNT pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves, Proof centers on Dr. Carolyn Tyler (Beals), a skeptical, hard-science, brilliant female surgeon with a caustic edge who has been struggling with the devastating loss of her teenage son and a growing estrangement from her surviving daughter. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond? Sedgwick exec produces with Jill Littman, Tom Jacobson, Bragin and Graves. The L Word alumna Beals, repped by APA, Untitled and Patti Felker, also was pursued for broadcast pilots this season. She previously starred in Fox’s Chicago Code. She also co-created and is executive producing Laughs Unlimited, in development at HBO, with Oren Moverman, Tony Swofford, Lauren Schuler Doner and Adena Chawke. Read More »
Trading Spaces and Extreme Makeover: Home Edition‘s Ty Pennington is trading a hammer and nails for a kitchen apron. TNT has tapped Pennington to host its new cooking competition show On The Menu with chef Emeril Lagasse as Menu Master. A fall 2014 premiere is planned. In each episode, a group of passionate home cooks will be challenged to create a the next signature dish for that week’s selected restaurant chain, stadium concession stand, or other American food business. The amateur cooks will work in conjunction with professional chefs to create their dishes, from concept to execution. A panel of judges will then determine which dish not only tastes the best, but also fits with the restaurant’s current menu offerings. The winning dish will immediately go on the business’ menu, giving viewers at home the chance to go try the dish the very next day. On The Menu is produced by One Three Media, with Mark Burnett (The Bible, The Voice, Survivor) serving as executive producer.
Julia Stiles (the Bourne movie franchise) has been tapped for the lead in TNT‘s drama pilot Guilt By Association, from former prosecutor Marcia Clark, on whose book the project is based, and Dee Johnson. The project centers on Rachel Knight (Stiles), a talented, unorthodox and impulsive Deputy DA in the LA County District Attorney’s office who sometimes operates outside the law in order to uphold it. Rachel relies on her cohorts — fashionable prosecutor Toni LaCollette (Rose Rollins) and tough-as-nails Detective Bailey Keller (Elisabeth Röhm) — for all things professional and personal. Driven by compassion but haunted by guilt, Rachel tackles the Special Trials Unit’s most difficult cases and does so with humor, an edge, and an “evidence is for pussies” attitude. When the suspicious death of a close colleague throws her own judgment into question, Rachel must rely on her connections and instincts to solve the case and clear her friend’s name. Neve Campbell was previously in final negotiations to play Rachel but pulled out at the last moment. The pilot is executive produced by writer-showrunner Johnson, Clark and Nelson McCormick. Dexter alumna Stiles, repped by ICM Partners, Untitled and Sloane, Weber, has been starring in Web series Blue.
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EXCLUSIVE: On the heels of landing his first pilot order last year with ABC’s Big Thunder, hot feature writer Jason Fuchs (Ice Age: Continental Drift) is returning to television with a conspiracy thriller drama at TNT. Written by Fuchs and produced by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV, Black Box, now in development, centers on three strangers whose lives are forever changed after the accidental crash of a civilian airliner over the Long Island Sound when clues begin to emerge that the crash may not have been accidental. Fuchs and Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank exec produce. Black Box (not related to ABC’s upcoming drama series of the same name) is geared toward TNT’s action-adventure Sunday slot anchored by Amblin’s Falling Skies. The company also has TNT cop drama pilot Public Morals, written, directed by and starring Ed Burns.
On the feature side, Fuchs’ Peter Pan origin story, Pan, for Warner Bros, recently landed on the Black List and is prepping in London for a July 17, 2015 release with Joe Wright directing and Hugh Jackman starring as the villainous pirate Blackbeard. Garrett Hedlund is rumored for the role of a young Captain Hook. Fuchs is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management.
A leveling off for TNT’s Dallas reboot, which bagged 2.7 million viewers with its third season debut – its smallest start yet. That said, it suffered nowhere nearly as steep a fall as had its Season 2 starter. That season opened with 2.98 million viewers, but it was a 60% plunge compared to the hefty 6.9 million who’d welcomed the return of the Ewings in the less-crowded summer. That Season 2 starter had been a series low for the new Dallas. TNT notes last night’s third-season kickoff matches the new Dallas’ second-season average.
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Callum Blue (The Princess Diaries 2) has been tapped for a regular series role in TNT’s pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves, Proof centers on a skeptical, hard science, female surgeon who is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation. Callum, repped by Gersh, The Artists Partnership and Sanders Armstrong Caserta, plays Peter Van Owen, a charming, a best-selling author who claims to be a psychic medium.
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Alexia Fast (Jack Reacher) has been booked for a regular series role in WGN America’s 13-episode scripted series Manhattan. From writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV, Manhattan is set against the backdrop of the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, New Mexico and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. Fast, repped by UTA, Great North Artists Management and Sanders Armstrong Caserta, will play Callie Winter, the 16-year-old somewhat sharp-tongued daughter of Liza and Frank, whom she needles about his frequent, secretive absences from home for his work.
A long-gestating series offshoot from TNT‘s successful The Librarian original movies is inching closer to a green light as a 10-episode, straight-to-series at TNT. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which was behind the three Librarian movies, would be back as producer, partnering with the movies’ star Noah Wyle, who is in early talks to serve as an executive producer as well as reprise his role as Flynn Carsen in several episodes as he has a full-time job on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies. Also eyed to reprise their roles from the movies in guest starring/recurring capacity are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. Tentatively titled The Librarians, the proposed series would revolve around a group of younger men and women eager to become Flynn’s successor as the protector of secret artifacts. The green light for the series is cast-contingent, hinging on finding an actress for the lead role of a strong, ass-kicking woman. I hear the character is conceived as British, with actresses like Melissa George and Rhona Mitra as prototypes.
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The lead of TNT‘s drama pilot Guilt By Association is vacant again as Neve Campbell has pulled out. The former Party of Five star had agreed to do the pilot and her deal was seconds from closing when I hear she had a change of heart, feeling she wasn’t ready to jump back into series TV. Guilt By Association — from former prosecutor Marcia Clark, on whose book the project is based, and Dee Johnson – centers on Rachel Knight, a gutsy Deputy District Attorney in the Special Trials Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who works closely with tough-as-nails female LAPD detective Bailey Keller (Elisabeth Rohm) and stylish female prosecutor Toni LaCollette (Rose Rollins), both of whom routinely crash at Rachel’s place.
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Deon Cole (Barbershop, FX’s The League) has joined TBS‘ comedy pilot Tribeca, directed by Steve Carell. Co-written by Carell and his wife, Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a satirical look at a police procedural anchored by Angie Tribeca (Rashida Jones). Cole, repped by APA and Kirsten Ames Management, will play Officer DJ Tanner, head of the K-9 unit. He most recently hosted his own TBS series Deon Cole’s Black Box.
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Edi Gathegi (Justified) and Caroline Rose Kaplan have signed on to TNT‘s pilot Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick. Written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves, Proof centers on a skeptical, hard science, female surgeon who is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation.
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TNT will not be going forward with a second installment of Frank Darabont’s period drama Mob City after a low-rated, six-episode run this fall as a limited series. “Mob City was created as a three-week television event and we are incredibly proud of the six hours we presented of this remarkable drama,” a TNT spokesperson said. “Although the ratings of the limited series haven’t warranted more hours we are eager to work with Frank Darabont again and were delighted to bring the vibrant world of Mob City to life.” Despite a big promotional push, Darabont’s Mob City didn’t get much traction from the get-go. The noir series opened with a soft 2.3 million total viewers and 801, 000 adults 18-49. That was at the higher end between TNT’s two previous debuts Monday Mornings and King And Maxwell - both of whom have since been cancelled. Mob City marks TNT’s third consecutive new drama series to be cancelled after one season.
Mob City was out of TNT’s wheelhouse of character-based procedurals, like Rizzoli & Isles, and action-adventure popcorn Sunday fare, like Falling Skies. “Every once and then, we take a big swing, and I’m so happy we did Mob City,” TNT’s programming chief Michael Wright told me last month, before a final decision on Mob City had been made. “Ratings have been mediocre but the show is great, it was beautifully made, got good reviews and was an attention … Read More »
On the heels of NBC extending the freshman season of Dick Wolf’s freshman crime drama Chicago PD last week, TNT is doing the same with the second season of Wolf’s real-life crime series Cold Justice. TNT has picked up six more episodes of the breakout docu-reality series, from Wolf Films and Magical Elves, to air this summer. In its current second season, Cold Justice is averaging 1.8 million viewers in Live + 3, up 25% vs. Season 1 in adults 18-49 and +12% in 25-54. Wolf, Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer exec produce the series, which follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they dig into unsolved cold murder cases.
This latest deal for Franklin Leonard’s script service comes about six months after a tie-up with Warner Bros, which resulted in a two-step WGA minimum deal worth about $93,000 for Tasha Huo, who was a Universal assistant at the time. Today’s announcement marks the first TV network deal for the Black List, which is expanding into episodic content in its quest discover writers from underserved demos. Here’s the release:
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TNT and TBS are partnering with The Black List on an initiative to promote diversity in the industry by identifying talented writers to develop scripts and concepts for the networks. TNT and TBS are the first television networks to team up with the Black List following the site’s expansion into episodic content. The networks will be looking for writers from diverse backgrounds for possible blind script deals and staffing consideration on TBS and TNT series, with the goal of signing script deals with particularly strong writers in the half-hour comedy and hour-long drama genres.
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Jeff Hephner has been cast as a regular on TNT’s action-drama pilot Agent X. Penned by The Bourne Identity scribe William Blake Herron, Agent X centers on America’s first female Vice President, Natalie Maccabee (Sharon Stone). Hephner will play the role of John Case a.k.a. Agent X, a 39-year-old secret agent who’s called into action by the newly arrived VP when the daughter of the FBI Director is kidnapped. Hephner currently plays the recurring role of Jeff Clark on NBC’s Chicago Fire. His previous credits include recurring roles on TNT’s King & Maxwell, Starz’s Boss, and CW’s Hellcats. Hephner is repped by WME and Untitled Entertainment.
Stephen Root has signed for a recurring role on AMC’s upcoming new drama Turn, based on the book Washington Spies by Alexander Rose. Set in the summer of 1778, Turn centers on farmer Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) who bands together with a group of childhood friends to form The Culper Ring, an unlikely group of spies who turn the tide in America’s fight for independence. Root will play the eccentric and secretive Nathaniel Sackett, a civilian member of the Committee to Detect and Defeat Conspiracies, an 18th century proto-CIA. Root’s TV work includes Justified, Boardwalk Empire, King Of The Hill and Pushing Daisies. Film credits include Finding Nemo and No Country For Old Men. Root is repped by Gersh and Brillstein Entertainment.
Miriam Shor (GCB, The Good Wife) has been set as a series regular in Younger, TV Land‘s single-camera comedy pilot written and executive produced by Sex And The City creator Darren Star. Younger centers on Liza (Sutton Foster), a 40-something woman who reinvents herself and starts living a double life; one as a suburban mom and another as a 29-year old working girl in the city, after her husband leaves her and her child goes to college. Shor will play Diana, the high-strung head of PR for Passion Press. Diana is described as a disdainful woman (known as “Trout Pout”) who likes to get ahead by standing on the shoulder of her subordinates as she slowly pushes them into the mud. Shor is repped by Gersh, Impression Entertainment and attorney James Adams. Read More »
Selina Meyer, meet Natalie Maccabee. After a long courtship, Sharon Stone has signed on to star in TNT‘s action-drama pilot Agent X (working title). Penned by The Bourne Identity scribe William Blake Herron, Agent X centers on America’s first female Vice President, Maccabee (Stone), a woman with brains, beauty, and a cool composure that belies a restless mind. After the death of her husband, a Senate candidate, Natalie opted to run in his place, and after a rapid political rise, she now finds herself the newly elected Vice President of the United States. Initially apprehensive that her job will be ceremonial in nature, she soon learns that it comes with a top secret duty: protecting the Constitution in times of great crisis with the aid of her Chief Steward and a secret operative designated “Agent X.” The pilot is produced by Beacon Pictures, with Armyan Bernstein executive producing. Agent X joins HBO comedy Veep, which also centers on the U.S.’ first female Vice President, played by Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Read More »
Transporter The Series has found a new U.S. home. TNT has picked up the first and upcoming second season of the international series, which will debut on the network in fall 2014. (watch trailer below) Season 2 is going into production on February 26, with shooting planned for Morocco, the Czech Republic and Canada. Based on Luc Besson’s Transporter film franchise, the series stars Chris Vance as professional transporter Frank Martin, who can always be counted on to get the job done — discreetly. The project has had a bumpy ride: It was picked up by Cinemax in early 2011, but the project suffered several setbacks during the filming of its first season, including a showrunner change and a production shutdown when Vance was sidelined by an injury. Cinemax ultimately opted not to air the series but, based on the solid performance of the first season in France, Canada and some Fox International territories, the producers decided to proceed with a second season, with The X-Files veteran Frank Spotnitz as new showrunner.
Vance is a familiar face to TNT viewers; he has a recurring role on the network’s flagship drama Rizzoli & Isles, in which he plays Casey Jones, Jane Rizzoli’s on-again-off-again romantic interest. Read More »