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TNT Announces Summer Premieres

TNT has announced their slate of summer premieres for new series and returning favorites. Rizzoli & Isles, Franklin & Bash, Falling Skies and Leverage all return with brand-new seasons with The Closer ending its highly-acclaimed seven year run. The network looks to continue the formula of high-concept dramas featuring extraordinary talents with the hotly-anticipated debut of Dallas as well as The Great Escape, Perception and The Closer spin-off Major Crimes. Make sure your summer plans include time for these awesome series!

Rizzoli & Isles
Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 9:00 PM
Season 3: 10 summer episodes
For the past two summers, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have proven that two heads are better than one in this drama series based on the crime novels by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. As Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

Franklin & Bash
Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 10:00 PM
Season 2: 10 episodes
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer star in this light-hearted legal drama as two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers working for a button-down law firm. Malcolm McDowell plays the firm’s wonderfully eccentric patriarch. Also starring are Garcelle Beauvais, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani and Reed Diamond.

Dallas
New Series, Two-Hour Series Premiere: Wednesday, June 13, at 9:00 PM
Season 1: 10 episodes
This summer, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their famous characters as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Dallas also stars Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with premiere episode writer Cynthia Cidre and director Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. It was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs.

Falling Skies
Two-Hour Season Premiere: Sunday, June 17, at 9:00 PM
Season 2: 10 episodes
The wait is nearly over as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011 returns to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star.

The Great Escape
New Series Premiere: Sunday, June 24, at 10:00 PM
Season 1: 10 episodes
This fast-paced, nail-biting competition series drops ordinary people into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie. Each week, Rich Eisen (NFL Total Access) hosts as teams of competitors try to find their way out of seemingly impossible situations for a chance to take home a cash prize. The series, from Fox Television Studios, is executive-produced by the Oscar winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, as well as the Emmy-winning producers of The Amazing Race, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri. The series is created and executive produced by Justin W. Hochberg (The Apprentice) and Charlie Ebersol (The Wanted).

The Closer
Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 9:00 PM
Season 7: Six final episodes
TNT’s record-breaking series returns one last time to bring its extraordinary seven-year run to an end. Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions. Mary McDonnell, who will continue her role as Captain Sharon Raydor in TNT’s upcoming series Major Crimes, also stars.

Perception
New Series Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 10:00 PM
Season 1: 10 episodes
Drama fans are about to meet one of the most unique crime solvers on television when TNT premieres this fascinating new series about an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, it’s also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Perception also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. Produced by ABC Studios, the series was created by executive producer Ken Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer.

Leverage
Season Premiere: Sunday, July 15, at 8:00 PM
Season 5: 10 summer episodes
Television’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are back in the fifth season of this fast-paced, light-hearted caper series from blockbuster executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment. Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton stars, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.

Major Crimes
New Series Premiere: Monday, Aug. 13, at 10:00 PM, following The Closer finale
Regular Timeslot: Mondays at 9:00 PM
Season 1: 10 episodes
This all-new drama series is ready to take television’s favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell will continue her role from The Closer as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor. Major Crimes will focus on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Joining McDonnell are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, with guest appearances by Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. New cast members include Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile and Kearran Giovanni as an ambitious undercover detective. Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with The Closer‘s James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers.

TNT Announces Summer Schedule

NEW SERIES:

Franklin & Bash – Series premiere Wednesday, June 1, at 9:00 PM – Season 1: 10 episodes


Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) and Breckin Meyer (Road Trip) star in this light-hearted legal drama as two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers working for a button-down law firm. Malcom McDowell (Heroes, Entourage) also stars as the head of their firm.

Falling Skies – Two-hour series premiere Sunday, June 19, at 9:00 PM; regular timeslot Sundays at 10:00 PM – Season 1: 10 episodes


Noah Wyle (ER) stars in this gripping drama series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg about the aftermath of an alien invasion and the resistance movement formed by the survivors.

RETURNING SERIES:

Men of a Certain Age – Premiere: Wednesday, June 1, at 10:00 PM – Season 2 continues: Six summer episodes


Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap) and Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street) star in this acclaimed drama series about three men facing the challenges of midlife.

Memphis Beat – Premiere: Tuesday, June 14, at 9:00 PM – Season 2: 10 episodes


Jason Lee (My Name Is Earl) stars as a Memphis police detective with an intimate connection to the city, a passion for its music and a very demanding boss. Alfre Woodard (True Blood) and DJ Qualls (Hustle & Flow) also star.

HawthoRNe – Premiere: Tuesday, June 14, at 10:00 PM – Season 3: 10 episodes


This powerful drama series stars Jada Pinkett Smith (The Matrix trilogy) as Christina Hawthorne, the impassioned Chief Nursing Officer at James River Hospital, with Michael Vartan (Alias) and new cast member Marc Anthony (El Cantate) also starring.

Leverage – Premiere: Sunday, June 26, at 9:00 PM – Season 4: 10 summer episodes


Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People) stars as the head of television’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists out to help everyday people get even against the big shots who have destroyed their lives.

The Closer – Premiere: Monday, July 11, at 9:00 PM – Season 7: 10 summer episodes


TNT’s record-breaking series returns this summer with 2010 Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson.

Rizzoli & Isles – Premiere: Monday, July 11, at 10:00 PM – Season 2: 10 summer episodes


Last summer, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander proved two heads are better than one in this drama series based on the crime novels by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. As Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

DVDs With Dean – Release Date May 26th

This week brings out a few movies that died at the box office and some classic TV shows although I wonder if Land of the Lost qualifies as “classic”.

Pick of the Week
Falling Down (Deluxe Edition)
Michael Douglas and Joel Schumacher returned to make some new features for this re-release including a Commentary and a featurette. If you grab the Blu-ray it comes with a detailed color booklet. If you like an angry Michael Douglas score this and have a movie night double feature with The War of the Roses.

Killshot
This movie may do better than normal given the weak competition. The movie has been criticized for being a little far-fetched but at least we know it will be well acted with Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler), Diane Lane (Unfaithful), Joseph Gordon-Levitt (The Lookout), and Thomas Jane (The Punisher).

Powder Blue
This is being sold as the movie where Jessica Biel gets naked, and the movie has nothing else going for it. Although, I bet it still sells well.

New In Town
Renee Zellweger stars in the often told tale of a cold rich business person falling in love with small town life.

TV and Re-Issues
Jeeves & Wooster: The Complete Series
Long before House, Hugh Laurie was known for comedy back in the UK and this series highlighted his skills as a rich buffoon constantly saved by his wise valet Jeeves played by Stephen Fry. The series had four seasons which consisted of twenty-three episodes.

Land of the Lost: Complete Series (Limited Edition Gift Set)
You can now own the campy series that spawned the latest Will Ferrell film. The collection has all three seasons of forty-three total episodes.

M. Butterfly
David Cronenberg’s adaptation of the Madame Butterfly play gets a fresh release with a few new features including a conversation with Cronenberg himself.

The Closer: The Complete Fourth Season
This show with Kyra Sedgwick has put TNT on the map, and is helping the network establish second tier shows like Saving Grace with Holly Hunter, Leverage with Timothy Hutton, and Dark Blue with Dylan McDermott. I don’t care for this procedural show, but I love the cable networks stepping up their game and shaming the big four.