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TNT Greenlights Three New Series

January 21, 2010 by  

TNT has given the greenlight to three new original series bringing their total number of original series currently on the TNT slate to 10.

“We’re very happy with the quality and performance of our original programming, and we’re excited to be expanding our horizons with these excellent new shows,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “These three series – ranging from science-fiction to a quirky drama to a gripping crime procedural – are wide ranging in their appeal and subject matter. They’re rich in character, with great performances and engaging stories. And with their emphasis on relatable, everyday heroes, they’re a great fit with our lineup.”

TNT has ordered 10 episodes of each of the three new series, with plans to have DELTA BLUES and RIZZOLI & ISLES premiere in 2010 and the untitled alien-invasion series debut in 2011.

Untitled Alien-Invasion Series

In this series from DreamWorks Television, Noah Wyle will star as the leader of a rag-tag group of soldiers and civilians struggling against an occupying alien force.

The series opens shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. The aliens are now rounding up the few people left, but they are met with strong resistance from a group of soldiers and civilians who fight for their survival – all while struggling to maintain their humanity.

Wyle plays Tom Mason, a former college history professor who becomes the reluctant leader of one of the resistance groups. Also starring in the series are Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) as Anne Glass, a therapist who works with the surviving children to help them cope with the traumatic situation; Drew Roy (Lincoln Heights) as Hal and Maxim Knight (Brothers & Sisters) as Matt, Tom’s two sons; Jessy Schram (Crash) as Karen, who is one of the survivors’ motorcycle scouts; and Seychelle Gabriel (Weeds) as Lourdes, an orphaned teenager who helps run the group’s commissary.

The project is being executive-produced by Steven Spielberg, along with DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank and screenwriter Robert Rodat. Rodat, who earned an Oscar® nomination for his screenplay for Saving Private Ryan, wrote the pilot from an idea he co-conceived with Spielberg. The pilot was directed by Carl Franklin (One False Move, Out of Time).

DELTA BLUES (working title)

DELTA BLUES, an offbeat series starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard, comes to TNT from George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures and Warner Horizon Television.

“With a collection of unique characters brought to life by a stunning cast, DELTA BLUES is truly a one-of-a-kind series,” said Wright. “We’re very excited to be working with the outstanding producers at Smokehouse and Warner Horizon as we add DELTA BLUES to TNT’s slate.”

In DELTA BLUES, Lee plays Dwight Hendricks, a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother. His intimate connection with the city and its people sets him apart from his fellow officers. Woodard plays Lt. Tanya Rice, a demanding boss determined to keep Dwight on a short leash. Also starring in DELTA BLUES are Celia Weston (Junebug) as Dwight’s mother; Sam Hennings as Charlie White, aka Whitehead, his partner; Robyn Lively (Saving Grace) as Charlene, Dwight’s ex-wife; Leonard Earl Howze (Barbershop) as Reginald Greenback, a detective who works with Dwight and Whitehead; Abraham Benrubi (ER), a detective who uses Chickasaw tribal wisdom in his work; and DJ Qualls (My Name Is Earl) as Sutton, Dwight’s protégé.

RIZZOLI & ISLES (working title)

RIZZOLI & ISLES, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, is based on Tess Gerritsen’s popular mystery novels. Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a Boston detective who works closely with medical examiner Maura Isles (Alexander) to solve crimes. Lorraine Bracco (The Sopranos) plays a recurring role as Jane’s mother. Also starring in the series are Lee Thompson Young (FlashForward), who plays Jane’s current partner, Barry Frost; Bruce McGill (Law Abiding Citizen) as Det. Vince Korsak, Jane’s seasoned former partner; Jordan Bridges (Dawson’s Creek) as Jane’s brother, Frankie, a patrol cop who hopes to become a detective; and Billy Burke (The Twilight Saga) as FBI agent Gabriel Dean.

“TNT is home to some of television’s most powerful female characters, and RIZZOLI & ISLES certainly fits that identity,” said Wright. “We’re delighted to be working with Angie, Sasha and the rest of the talented cast of RIZZOLI & ISLES as well as the show’s outstanding production team, as we bring Tess Gerritsen’s vision to television.”

Any of these series catching your attention? TNT produces some quality TV so I’m sure they’re all worth checking out. Plus, any network that bring Gretchen Witter (Sasha Alexander) back to TV is ok in my book.

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8 Responses to “TNT Greenlights Three New Series”

  1. Kyle on January 21st, 2010 4:53 pm

    Hmm–that first one sounds an awful lot like “V”. When I saw the picture, my first thought was “They are making a series out of The Librarian?!” 🙂

    The third one sounds good, but has a terrible title–I can hardly even read it let alone remember it. I just hope we don’t get a lot of really bad Boston accents. 🙂

    I’ll probably at leave give all the first episodes a watch.

  2. shane on January 21st, 2010 5:04 pm

    That Noah Wyle show sounds like what I was hoping V would be. I enjoyed Speilberg’s other alien production Taken, so I’ll give this a go.

    The other two could be good but I’m getting sick of the shows on TNT and USA having these action shows with the main characters parents. I don’t get the appeal of the annoying parents on these shows. Don’t like it on Burn Notice and In Plain Sight, can put up with it on Psych because that show is pretty much a comedy.
    Might check them out.

  3. Kimber on January 21st, 2010 6:43 pm

    I’m a huge fan of Tess Gerristen’s novels, and have been since I discovered them a few years, ago – so I’m thrilled to hear that it’s been turned into a series! If I actually had US cable, and therefore received TNT, I would watch it – but as it stands, I don’t. I’ll probably wait and see what the reaction is, and get the DVDs. Or try and find it online somewhere.

  4. Kimber on January 22nd, 2010 9:55 am

    Just a quick Q for you Kath … is there any chance that these series’ could be picked up on a “major network” as well as airing on TNT? I know that CBS showed one season of Dexter, which wasn’t their series. I really would like to see Rizzoli & Isles, but definitely don’t get TNT. I’m not sure how networks work, and if they’d even work together.

  5. Give Me My Remote on January 22nd, 2010 10:15 am

    Kimber – I think the chances are very slim that these shows would air on another network in addition to TNT. TNT has made major strides over the past few years in developing original program and really establishing itself as a respectable network. Whether or not TNT has partnerships in Canada, I’m not sure.

  6. Kimber on January 22nd, 2010 10:52 am

    Thanks, Kath. Not really good news, but I’ll hold out hope. I guess I’ll have to check out my cable options, and see if TNT is even available in Canada. I went and checked out the shows on TNT, and the only one I’m certain is on a network I get is The Closer. But those might be reruns of an older season, I’m not sure.

  7. Faith on January 27th, 2010 9:40 am

    I’m definitely interested in Delta Blues! Jason Lee, Celia Weston, & DJ Qualls? Yes please. And I love Sasha Alexander and Billy Burke, but that third show just doesn’t sound too interesting to me. (And I totally agree with Kyle about the title of that one.)

  8. tvshogal on June 13th, 2010 3:49 pm

    TNT Does not air in Canada — and few of their shows get picked up for distribution in Canada. Hawthorne is on SHOWCASE, and Leverage & The Closer is on SUPERCHANNEL in Canada which you have to pay extra to receive. Rizzoli & Isles will not likely air in Canada for another year. First it has to do well on TNT for a year, then if we are lucky a Canadian network, TMN, Showcase, or likely Superchannel will buy the rights to air it in Canada. Totally depressing