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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 Orders New Dallas Series, Offers Sneak Peek

TNT has committed ten episodes to the new update of the classic series Dallas and we have all the details for you via the official press release:

TNT has given the greenlight to DALLAS, an all-new series based upon one of the most popular television dramas of all time, about the bitter rivalries and family power struggles within a Texas oil and cattle-ranching dynasty. Famous for its ratings-grabbing cliffhangers, the original series was known for its wealth, seduction, scandal and intrigues. Set in the big state of Texas, TNT’s new DALLAS – from Warner Horizon Television – also lives life large and in the fast lane and brings a new generation of stars together with cast members from the original drama series. The new DALLAS stars Josh Henderson (90210), Jesse Metcalfe (John Tucker Must Die), Jordana Brewster (Fast & Furious), Julie Gonzalo (Veronica Mars) and Brenda Strong (Desperate Housewives), and they will be joined by iconic stars Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Larry Hagman as J.R. Ewing. TNT has ordered 10 episodes of DALLAS, which is slated to premiere in summer 2012.

TNT will give viewers their first look at DALLAS on Monday, July 11 with a special sneak peek during the season premieres of the network’s blockbuster hits THE CLOSER, which starts at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), and RIZZOLI & ISLES, which airs at 10 p.m. (ET/PT). TNT is unveiling today a website dedicated to the new DALLAS series, where fans can view an online photo gallery that features a first look into the show’s new and returning cast. Fans can visit the new site, http://www.dallastnt.com, to watch sneak peeks and behind-the-scenes videos. The website will be periodically updated with new materials.

“TNT has explored the possibility of an updated version of DALLAS for several years, but it wasn’t until we read Cynthia Cidre’s outstanding pilot script that we knew we had the foundation for a great new series,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “It is incredibly exciting to see both new and familiar characters in the hands of a dream cast under the guidance of the enormously talented Cidre and Mike Robin. We couldn’t be more pleased with how DALLAS has come together.”

The original DALLAS aired from 1978 to 1991 and centered on the Ewing family, a cattle and oil dynasty occupying the expansive Southfork Ranch in Texas. A long and bitter rivalry between brothers J.R. Ewing (Hagman) and Bobby Ewing (Duffy) eventually led to J.R. losing control of most of the Ewing industries. In the new DALLAS, this explosive rivalry now lives on through another generation, with the future of the family fortune in the hands of the Ewing offspring: cousins John Ross Ewing (Henderson), the son of J.R. and ex-wife Sue Ellen (Gray), and Christopher Ewing (Metcalfe), the adopted son of Bobby. Brewster stars as Elena, who is involved in a love triangle with Christopher and John Ross. Gonzalo stars as Christopher’s fiancée, Rebecca. And Strong stars as Ann, Bobby’s wife.

Executive producer Cynthia Cidre, who wrote the acclaimed film The Mambo Kings and produced the TV series Cane, wrote the pilot for the new DALLAS. TNT’s series is based on the original series created by David Jacobs. The new DALLAS comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television. Michael M. Robin (The Closer) is the director and executive-producer of the pilot.

Under The Radar 05: Leverage

When I was a kid all the best TV shows were on the “Big 3” of CBS, NBC and ABC. As I grew up, soon the best shows were on FOX and sometimes even the WB. Today that has all changed as many award winning TV programs can be found on cable and premium channels like HBO and Showtime. In the past few years, TNT has been one of the channels to step up its original programming and one of the products they’ve brought out has been the action/comedy/drama show Leverage. Get ready to get even with a team of thieves who are modern day Robin Hoods.

Starting in 2008, Leverage has become a hit for TNT as it drew nearly 4 million viewers in its’ first season and 4.5 million in its’ second and third seasons. The Pilot episode itself does a great job of setting the mood for the entire series. Timothy Hutton plays Nathan “Nate” Ford, a former insurance investigator who after the death of his son puts together a team to help victims get revenge on those who’ve wronged them. The Leverage team consists of Sophie Devereaux (Gina Bellman) who is the team grifter, an actress who gains their targets confidence by any means necessary. Alec Hardison (Aldis Hodge) is the team Hacker and all around geek, able to get into any computer system and take over and usually the one to make pop culture references. Eliot Spencer (Christian Kane) is the Hitter, who is exactly what it sounds like. Eliot hates guns, but is all for head-butts! The final team member is Parker (Beth Riesgraf) who is the team thief. Parker is an orphan whose step father would take her toys away and lock them up, telling her to either stop “or become a better thief.” So she did.

Whether they’re taking on a corrupt judge, loan sharks, the mob, or a crooked housing developer, Leverage is always packed with action, drama and a surprising amount of comedy. I had caught the show by accident one day and soon was caught up in what I would find out to be season 3 of the show. If you’re like me you may feel awkward about tuning into a show if you haven’t watched from the start, but Leverage is easy to get into no matter where you’re starting off at. Though it does occasionally have story arcs that carry over through the season, the majority of the episodes are self-contained, allowing new viewers to jump in at any point. Still not comfortable jumping in? Season 1 and 2 are currently available on DVD and TNT.com offers episodes for free to view online. Season 3 will be released on DVD on June 7, 2011 and season 4 will premiere on June 26th! Now is the perfect time to get caught up and see why some of the best TV, isn’t on network television anymore!

Falling Skies New Trailer Teases Humanity’s Plight

Steven Spielberg and TNT unleash “Falling Skies” with a two-hour series premiere on June 19. This new show depicts humanity fighting back against aliens who have invaded and now occupy planet Earth. Check out the new trailer and more info below.

“Falling Skies” opens in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. The few remaining survivors have banded together outside major cities to begin the difficult task of fighting back. Each day is a test of survival as citizen soldiers engage in an insurgency campaign against the occupying alien force, whose nature and purpose remains a mystery. “Falling Skies” is a tale of endurance, commitment and courage in which everyday people are called upon to become heroes. The survivors may be outmatched, outnumbered and outgunned, but nothing can beat the human spirit. The series combines stunning visual effects and personal human stories about triumph and survival in the most devastating circumstances.

Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a Boston history professor whose family has been torn apart. Moon Bloodgood plays Anne Glass, a pediatrician who works with the survivors. Will Patton plays a fierce leader of the resistance, Weaver. And Drew Roy stars as Mason’s eldest son and fellow- fighter, Hal. “Falling Skies” comes to TNT from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg.

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.