Jeff Hephner Boards ‘Agent X’; Stephen Root Joins ‘Turn’

By | Tuesday January 28, 2014 @ 3:44pm PST

JEFF HEPHNER PHOTO 1.27.14Jeff 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 … Read More »

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Miriam Shor Joins ‘Younger’; Austin Stowell Boards ‘Public Morals’

By | Monday January 27, 2014 @ 3:31pm PST

shor1Miriam 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 »

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Sharon Stone To Topline TNT Drama Pilot ‘Agent X’ As U.S. Vice President

By | Friday January 24, 2014 @ 11:21am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Sharon Stone Vice President TNT SeriesSelina 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 TNT-logo__130925223204rise, 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 »

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TNT Acquires ‘Transporter’ Series For Fall

By | Thursday January 23, 2014 @ 10:37am PST
Nellie Andreeva

transporterTransporter 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 TNT-logo__130925223204always 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 »

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Lyndon Smith, Keith Nobbs, Wass Stevens & Elizabeth Masucci Join TNT’s ‘Public Morals’

By | Friday January 17, 2014 @ 6:55am PST
Nellie Andreeva

smithlyndon__130307001114-150x150Lyndon Smith, Keith Nobbs, Wass Stevens and Elizabeth Masucci are set as series regulars in Ed Burns’ TNT pilot Public Morals, executive produced by Steven Spielberg. Written and directed by and starring Burns, Public Morals is set in … Read More »

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TCA: TNT’s ‘Murder In The First’ Better Than ABC’s ‘Murder One’, Says Steven Bochco

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 5:06pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154TNT‘s new Steven Bochco drama Murder In The First will follow a single case across an entire season. So too did Bochco’s short-lived mid-1990s drama Murder One for ABC. “When we did Murder One, we were halfway through [the first season of 23 episodes] and I didn’t know how it was going to end, which was a little intense,” Bochco told TV 2014 TCA - Winter Tour - Turner Broadcasting Presentationcritics today at the TCA Winter Press Tour. He also noted: “And over that many episodes you really struggling to make every hour sustain itself in the service of a single storyline. Twelve episodes seems to me to be an ideal length for this format and it really eliminates the necessity of filler. It also gives us much more time to think about what we’re doing and to craft our scripts…It’s all around a much nicer way to work.”

The new drama centers on San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) as they investigate an apparent drug-related murder with a connection to a celebrated Silicon Valley CEO. One TV critic noted Bochco has not been active in TV drama development of late. “I’m just old…hanging around,” Bochco joked. “I’m older and I don’t have the drive to work the way I used to work, and so working with these people in this kind of an environment really suits me very well.” Read More »

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TCA: TNT Says U.S. Navy Supportive Of ‘The Last Ship’, Knows Difference Between Good Storytelling And “A Poster”

By | Friday January 10, 2014 @ 2:12pm PST

TCADeadline__140109155905__140109183154When Shaun Ryan was doing the series Last Resort for ABC, he told TV critics he did not collaborate with the U.S. Navy on the series in order to be able to tell the stories he wanted to do. This afternoon, at a TCA Q&A session for TNT’s new drama The Last Ship, TV critics asked TNT chief Michael Wright how closely THE LAST SHIPthe Navy was involved and whether the Navy was an advertiser on the program. “The U.S. Navy does not normally let Hollywood use its toys,” one TV critic said. The Last Ship, based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, centers on the crew of a naval destroyer who, after a global catastrophe decimates the earth’s population, are forced to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. Wright said he had no knowledge of the Navy advertising on the show. The Navy “has been a great partner” on the production “in that they’ve provided us resources that would not have been available” otherwise, he said. Read More »

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Midseason Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable

By | Friday January 3, 2014 @ 7:26pm PST

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The second half of the 2013-14 TV season kicked off Thursday night with the series bow of ABC’s The Assets and season debut of The Taste. Here’s a rundown of the midseason shows that will hit the airwaves for the first time during between now and May 31, along with those returning for new seasons or coming off hiatus:

Related: Summer Premiere Dates For New And Returning Series On Broadcast And Cable (June Through August)

January 5:
Downton Abbey (PBS, Season 4 premiere)
Revenge (ABC, returns from hiatus)

January 6:
The Bachelor (ABC, season premiere)

January 7:
Pretty Little Liars (ABC Family, Season 4B premiere)
Intelligence (CBS, series premiere; regular slot debut at 10 PM Monday, January 7)
Ravenswood (ABC Family, Season 1B premiere)
Justified (FX, Season 5 premiere)
Killer Women (ABC, series premiere)
Cougar Town (TBS, Season 5 premiere)

January 8:
Psych (USA, Season 8 premiere)
Chicago PD (NBC, series premiere)

January 9:
The Spoils of Babylon (IFC, limited series premiere)

January 10:
Enlisted (Fox, series premiere)
Banshee (Cinemax, Season 2 premiere)
Helix (Syfy, series premiere)

January 12:
Shameless (Showtime, Season 4 premiere)
True Detective (HBO, series premiere)
Girls (HBO Season 3 premiere)
House of Lies (Showtime, Season 3 premiere)
Episodes (Showtime, Season 3 premiere) Read More »

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TNT Picks Up ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug’ TV Rights

By | Monday December 23, 2013 @ 9:47am PST
Nellie Andreeva

Hobbit-Desolation-of-Smaug-Bilbo-medFX has been picking up virtually every tentpole movie over the past couple of years. But The Lord Of The Rings franchise has been a TNT property, and the network just added the latest title, The Hobbit: Read More »

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Feature Producer Basil Iwanyk Sets Up TV Series Projects At NBC, TNT & The CW

By | Friday December 20, 2013 @ 10:56am PST
Nellie Andreeva

basil_iwanykEXCLUSIVE: Feature producer Basil Iwanyk, whose resume includes The Clash Of The Titans and The Expendables franchises and The Town, is making a push in series television with three drama sales to NBC, TNT and the CW for projects written by Josh Parkinson (Eastbound & Down), James D. Parriott (Covert Affairs), and Eoghan O’Donnell (Teen Wolf), respectively. The NBC project hails from Sony TV, where Iwanyk’s Thunder Road Television recently had a deal. Iwanyk is executive producing all three projects with Thunder Road’s SVP Film & TV Kent Kubena, who oversees TV development. “We could not be more excited about the caliber of writers and material we’ve set up this season, as well as our upcoming development projects in the pipeline,” Iwanyk said.

Crime family drama By The Horns at NBC, written/exec produced by Parkinson, centers on a member of a notorious south Texas crime syndicate who decides to attempt a takeover of the whole organization when he learns the 14-year-old son of the newly named boss is actually his. Cataclysm drama Six at TNT, written/exec produced by Parriott, chronicles the aftermath of a Category 6 tornado that obliterates the majority of a small Kansas town and unearths years of horrific secrets. In sci-fi drama The Messengers at the CW, when a mysterious object crashes down to earth, a group of seemingly unconnected strangers die from the energy pulse — but then awaken again as angels of the coming Apocalypse. CBS TV Studios is producing, with O’Donnell writing/exec producing, The Good Wife EP Ted Humphrey supervising the script and also exec producing alongside Industry Entertainment’s Ava Jamshidi. Read More »

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Michael Rapaport To Co-Star In Ed Burns’ TNT Period Cop Drama Pilot ‘Public Morals’

By | Wednesday December 18, 2013 @ 12:31pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

michaelrapaportEXCLUSIVE: After a lengthy stint on broadcast starting with his breakout role on Friends, Michael Rapaport has found a strong second act on cable. On the heels of a showy seasonlong arc on the upcoming season of FX’s Justified, Rapaport … Read More »

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TNT Gives Pilot Orders To Reincarnation Drama Produced By Kyra Sedgwick, Legal Drama From Marcia Clark & Dee Johnson

By | Friday December 13, 2013 @ 6:16pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

sedgwickEXCLUSIVE: The Closer star/executive  producer Kyra Sedgwick is back at TNT with another female-centered procedural drama project, this time strictly behind the camera. The cable network has given a pilot order to Proof, a supernatural medical drama executive produced by Sedgwick. Additionally, TNT has greenlighted a legal drama pilot co-written by Marcia Clark, the lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, and Nashville showrunner Dee Johnson.

Written by Rob Bragin (Greek), Proof centers on a skeptical, hard science, female surgeon who’s struggled with family issues including a tragic death. She is persuaded to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings — all of it looking for verifiable proof, to try to answer one of life’s greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something … beyond?. Bragin and Sedgwick executive produce with her manager Jill Littman and producer Tom guilt_by_association_coverJacobson (Ladykillers). There are no plans for Sedgwick to star. She had been looking to produce a new TV series and met with several writers before hitting it off with Bragin, repped by UTA and Rain Management. Sedgwick’s feature producing credits include Loverboy, Cavedweller and Losing Chase.

Clark and Johnson’s Guilt By Association is based on Clark’s novel about Rachel Knight, a gutsy Deputy District Attorney in the Special Trials Unit of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office. Read More »

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TNT’s ‘Mob City’ Debuts Soft

By | Thursday December 5, 2013 @ 12:39pm PST

mob cityThe 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 … Read More »

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TNT’s ‘Mob City’ Premiere Script Unveiled On Twitter

By | Monday December 2, 2013 @ 8:48am PST

Mob-City-Logo-color-medFrank 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, … Read More »

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Premiere Dates, Renewals & Other Cable News

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 2:22pm PST

Premiere dates have been set for TNT’s Dallas and Lifetime’s Lizzie Borden, TV One has announced a renewal for reality series R&B Divas, and … Read More »

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Jan Nash Set As ‘Rizzoli & Isles’ Showrunner

By | Monday November 18, 2013 @ 10:58am PST
Nellie Andreeva

EXCLUSIVE: Jan Nash is joining TNT‘s flagship drama series Rizzoli & Isles as executive producer/showrunner. She will succeed creator/executive producer Janet Tamaro, who stepped down as showrunner in September, right after the series wrapped … Read More »

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‘The Last Ship’ Casts A Regular, ‘Believe’, ‘Revolution’ & ‘Gang Related’ Add Recurring

By | Thursday November 7, 2013 @ 5:42pm PST
Nellie Andreeva

Recent Yale graduate Marissa Neitling has landed her first regular role on the TNT’s upcoming drama series The Last Ship. Executive produced by Michael Bay, it’s about the crew of a lone naval destroyer after a global pandemic … Read More »

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TNT Greenlights Investigations Series

By | Monday November 4, 2013 @ 10:48am PST

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 … Read More »

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Period Cop Drama Starring, Written & Directed By Ed Burns Gets TNT Pilot Order

By | Wednesday October 30, 2013 @ 12:40pm PDT
Nellie Andreeva

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, … Read More »

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