TNT renews three drama series, including “Falling Skies.”
In addition, freshman drama series “The Last Call” has been picked up for second season of 13 episodes. And “Major Crimes” has been renewed for a fourth season of 15 episodes.
Meanwhile, the sci-fi, series “Falling Skies,” has been renewed for a fifth and final season of ten episodes.
“TNT’s refreshed and recharged drama brand is soaring this summer, and that is due in large part to these three enormously popular dramas,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT. “”The Last Ship” has become this summer’s top drama among key adult demos with its epic scale and visceral storytelling. “Major Crimes” continues to be one of the most enduring and popular crime-drama franchises on television. And “Falling Skies” has begun an ambitious and thrilling story arc this summer as it sets the stage for next year’s climactic final season.”
The cable network announced Friday, it has decided to axe “Leverage” after five seasons.
TNT said in a statement: “”Leverage” has thrilled audiences with its delightfully intricate plots, its “stand up for the little guy” attitude and its terrific performances from stars Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge. But after five wonderful years, it’s time to say goodbye. “Leverage” will come to a close on Christmas, Tuesday, Dec. 25, at 10 p.m. ET, with a series finale that stands as one of the show’s best episodes.
We are honored to have worked with executive producer Dean Devlin, Electric Entertainment, creators John Rogers and Chris Downey, and all the cast and production crew on Leverage. We look forward to exploring new opportunities to work with them again in the future. We also want to thank the passionately devoted fans of Leverage, who have been the driving force behind its success.”
J.R.’s hairy eyebrows will return for a second season sooner than you think.
Earlier today, TNT announced its winter lineup and premiere dates of returning and new series.
TNT’s hit drama, “Dallas” will return Jan. 28 at 9 p.m. ET, for a 2-hour second season premiere. Meanwhile, “Southland” returns to the streets of LA, for its fifth season debut on Feb. 13 at 10 p.m. ET.
While, “Rizzoli & Isles” and “Leverage” will continue their season on Nov. 27.
Whereas, new series “Monday Mornings,” a new medical drama produced by David E. Kelley and based on a book by Dr. Sanjay Gupta, will debut Monday, Feb. 4, at 10 p.m. ET. The series stars Ving Rhames, Alfred Molina and Jamie Bamber.
Lastly, on Feb. 27, TNT’s new unscripted series “Boston’s Finest” will launch its debut. From executive producer Donnie Wahlberg, “Boston’s Finest” (working title) follows the Boston Police Department, encompassing multiple units including the exclusive and highly decorated Gang Unit.
It has been official: Sean Lowe is the new bachelor.
ABC announced earlier last week, that Sean who competed for Emily Maynard’s heart on “The Bacherotte” has been cast as “The Bachelor.”
The 28-year-old Dallas “businessman and entrepreneur” who made it to the final three in the last season of “The Bachelorette” has decided it is the right time for him to make the “ultimate commitment to the right woman and to start his own family.”
“The Bachelor” returns to ABC for its 17th season in January 2013.
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“Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” executive producer Jason Katims is developing an “About A Boy” TV show for NBC. The half-hour comedy is based on Nick Hornby’s novel and the 2002 movie is about a young man’s (played by Hugh Grant) relationship with a boy. [Deadline]
CMT has ordered a 10-episode season of “DOG.” The reality series follows Dog, Duane Chapman and Beth Chapman’s “journey into the American heartland” as they work to aid other bail bondsmen and bounty hunters in their day-to-day struggles to catch fugitives. [Huff Post TV]
Funny woman Tina Fey is staying with NBC/Universal TV. Fey has signed a four-year deal with Universal TV to create new shows and possibly star in new projects. [Variety]
The CW new series “Emily Owens M.D.” is debuting two weeks before its scheduled Oct. 16 premiere. Beginning tomorrow, Monday, Oct. 1, the series’ pilot will be available on the net via The CW’s official website, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, YouTube and the network’s various apps.
“Oh Sit!” and “Breaking Pointe” have been renewed by The CW.
“Small Town Security” has been renewed by AMC, for a second season to premiere in 2013.
TNT renews “Franklin & Bash” for a third season.
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“The Closer’s” spinoff “Major Crimes” has been renewed for a sophomore season, TNT announced today. The series was picked up for a season of 15 episodes which is slated to air in summer 2013.
“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 Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Week after week, Major Crimes has drawn millions of fans with its combination of sharp writing and engaging characters brought to life by what can only be described as one of the best acting ensembles on television. We look forward to another season of this remarkable new drama.”
The cable company has ordered a 8-episode series named “The Hero,” which is set to premiere in summer 2013, TNT announced Wednesday.
“The Hero” -working title- will assign ten regular people to a variety of missions that will test their: brains, brawn and morality. The show will also challenge the competitors to prove they’ve got what it takes to be the “hero,” by pushing them to the limits (and beyond).
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, will serve as an executive-producer, host, mentor and motivator of the reality series.
“”The Hero” speaks to everything I believe in when it comes to challenging ourselves, to becoming better people every day and to making the right choices while growing from the wrong ones,” Johnson said in a statement.
TNT’s freshman has been renewed for a second season. The cable network has ordered a second season of 13 episodes, which is slated to air in 2013.
“Perception” follows Dr. Daniel Pierce, who is played by Eric McCormack, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by his former student, FBI Agent Kate Moretti (Rachael Leigh Cook) to help solve complex cases.
Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) said in a press release: “Perception has captured the imagination of TNT’s audience of armchair detectives with wonderfully intricate cases, emotionally charged situations and, of course, a terrific cast led by Eric McCormack. Daniel Pierce is a truly unique and fascinating addition to television’s pantheon of crime solvers. We look forward to seeing where Perception takes us next.”