Falling Skies fans have reason to be happy. The program’s new showrunner has just been tapped, and the job has fallen in the lap of former Battlestar Galactica EP David Eick. Deadline is reporting this evening that he will helming the Noah Wyle-led sci-fi drama as it heads into a fourth season (the third season begins its run on June 9.) Expect a renewal on that end to come quickly as special effects require some pretty advance notice even though Eick’s first take on the series will not come until maybe June 2014. He will be replacing Remi Aubuchon who served on the show for its first three seasons.
Just moments ago, I posted something in regards to Turner Networks’ top channels going live stream in the near future. The group has been more than savvy when it came to reaching out to younger demos, but for whatever reason they chose not to allow paying subscribers access across multiple devices until now. The bigger story though (for those of us who place a higher weight on content than network strategy at least) is that TBS and TNT have revealed their forward programming slates. A point of emphasis is Frank Darabont’s new television show will finally make air at the end of this year under the title Lost Angels (formerly LA Noire.) If he sounds familiar, that is because he was the original fired showrunner from The Walking Dead. Continue Reading
This announcement is a bit over the top, but it is somewhat important nonetheless. You know those TV streaming apps through you cable provider that allow you to access maybe a third of all content over the net? Well, TBS and TNT are joining the fray as they revealed today they will stream on-air content live 24/7 across multiple platforms. To them, they are the first networks to do so which is kind of vague for our standards. Regardless of manipulative press statements (like the one that follows,) we are grateful to see they have caught up with the times. This is fairly a big deal for younger-skewing programming such as Family Guy and Big Bang Theory repeats as well as Conan. TNT runs a little more like CBS, so it is less important to see its inclusion.
TBS and TNT are about to become the first national entertainment networks in the industry to stream on-air content live across multiple platforms 24/7, including through the networks’ websites and a pair of newly created Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps. The announcement was made during TNT and TBS’s annual Upfront presentation today in New York. Live streaming is the latest phase in the rollout of TV Everywhere, the industry-wide initiative that gives subscribers to cable, satellite and telco video services access to more of their favorite shows across a wide range of digital platforms. Continue Reading
One day after greenlighting Michael Bay’s The Last Shipto series, TNT has chosen to pickup another high-profile drama. This one is called Legends and it stars Sean Bean as an undercover agent with the uncanny ability to transform himself for each subsequent job. Producing this one is Howard Gordon of Homeland fame. Here is the trailer and press release.
Earlier today, it was announced that Michael Bay’s foray into scripted television would begin next January on Starz with Black Sails. Well, TNT is not about to be overshadowed as they have the Transformers producer’s “other” scripted series coming out next summer. The show is called The Last Ship and the trailer just landed today. Its plot has a crew of a naval destroyer confronting a reality where they are the only survivors in the wake of global catastrophe. Continue Reading
Check out the latest sneak peek for TNT’s big summer sci-fi drama Falling Skies. The show’s ratings were relatively stable last year as its domestic viewership continues to supplement foreign demand. In other words, keep watching because this could be a series that stays around for some time despite its larger-than-usual budget. Continue Reading
The ratings certainly were not pretty during JR’s final run on Dallas, but TNT has chosen to go ahead and give the rebooted series more life as they issued a 15-episode renewal. This is on par with what they gave the program’s second season back and five more than its first season.
TNT has renewed the hit drama series Dallas for a third season. Produced by Warner Horizon Television, Dallascenters on the Ewing clan, an enormously wealthy Texas family whose sibling rivalries, romantic betrayals, corruption and even murder are truly legendary. TNT has ordered 15 episodes for the third season, which is slated to launch in early 2014. Continue Reading
Not enough Dwayne Johnson movies coming out this year for your tastes? How about a reality series with The Rock as your host? The first trailer is now out for this ‘adventure competition’ called The Hero debuting on June 6. Do not worry. He is still making films as his next comes out this Friday called Pain & Gain with Fast and Furious 6 a month after that.
Surprise, surprise. A few weeks after revealing its summer premiere dates, the network has changed a number of them, four to be exact. Not immune to sudden calendar shifts are Franklin & Bash, Rizzoli & Isles, Perception, and Cold Justice. For the most part, everything appears to have been delayed a week. The new dates are via the network’s official statement after the jump. Continue Reading
TNT has just revealed their summer lineup. The off-broadcast period is a bright spot for basic cable, so this is a fairly lengthy press announcement they sent out. Falling Skies seems to headline everything though with its third season debut set for Sunday, June 9. Also mentioned were the series premieres of Dwayne Johnson’s unscripted series The Hero (June 6) and Rebecca Romijn’s detective drama King & Maxwell (June 10.) Hit the jump for more dates and some series descriptions. Continue Reading
And the SAG Awards continue to grow. Ratings were up among those ages 18-49 for last night’s annual broadcast across TNT and TBS, creating a sense that audiences are getting more familiar with the unionized event and that growth may continue for the years to come. That brings us to tonight’s news story: the ceremony will be broadcast on Turner stations for at least three more years. A deal was just announced with the finer details after the jump including some specifics on just how many tuned in Sunday evening. Also, be sure to check out the winners list if you haven’t already. Continue Reading
Rebecca Romijn hasn’t exactly been in our crosshairs lately, but that just changed when TNT advanced her new private-eye drama to series earlier today. The project comes from NCIS producer Shane Brennan who spun a show out of the works from bestselling author David Baldacci about two former Secret Service Agents, Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. The project remains untitled at this time, and more further details come after the jump including the cast list which includes The Closer alum Jon Tenney who stars opposite Romijn. Continue Reading
Production has just been announced for the fifth season of TNT’s Southland. The former NBC series have been alive and well on cable for some time, so this should be regarded for the most part as something put out to drum up awareness for the show’s return in February. As for the ratings, the show does just under 3 million viewers which is not too shabby, but TNT does tend to do a little bit better, meaning if ratings do not stay ‘as is’ then there could be an issue going forward particularly if the show is more expensive than other network offerings to produce. Continue Reading
Earlier this week, Dallas lost J.R. actor Larry Hagman due to complications with cancer at the age of 81. This is a big blow not only for his family, but also fans of the beloved television series which first ran from 1978 to 1991. The iconic television villain was a huge cog in helping to create what is believed to be the first true non-procedural drama on the small screen in primetime, and it is that for which he will be most likely remembered for outside of those closest to him.
TNT has released an ‘In Memoriam’ on their Youtube channel tonight to honor their fallen star. There is no mention of how this will be addressed on season two of the cable network’s widely-watched semi-reboot, but the 5 million plus who tuned in each week to the new spin on this series might have noticed his role was a bit limited in scale. Continue Reading
Good news for fans of TNT programming. This winter there will be more of it then ever in the season as the network is set to aggressively expand into a year-round schedule. Not only will the mid-season premieres of Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage debut in November, but there are four programs coming to air at the turn of the year including Dallas which will return with a new season in January. Southland fans will be glad to hear that season five is on schedule for February 13. Aside from all that, the network also released dates for the pilot episodes of Boston’s Finest and Monday Mornings–a medical drama from David E. Kelly. Keep reading for the press release. Continue Reading