TNT and TBS announce new shows

TV Arts

David
Top Talent Chooses TNT and TBS

TNT's 2010-2011 Lineup Grows to 11 Original Series, Including the
Newly Greenlit FRANKLIN & BASH; Future Projects are in Development
from Don Cheadle, Jamie Foxx, Mark Gordon, Mark Burnett, Ridley Scott,
Tony Scott, Steven Bochco, Dean Devlin and Many Others

Conan O'Brien Joins TBS for New Late-Night Show Beginning Nov. 8; TBS
Greenlights the Buddy Comedy GLORY DAZE (Working Title)

TNT and TBS today unveiled a broad array of plans for new programming,
including several comedy projects that are being considered for TBS
and a host of projects in development for TNT. The two cable giants
staged a joint Upfront presentation in New York, with appearances by a
legion of stars, including TBS's Conan O'Brien, George Lopez and Ice
Cube; and TNT's Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott
Bakula, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dylan McDermott, Timothy Hutton, Noah
Wyle, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Ben McKenzie, Mark-Paul Gosselaar,
Breckin Meyer and Angie Harmon.

TNT and TBS rank among the largest networks in television. "Television
is more popular than ever with viewers, and that makes the medium very
valuable to advertisers," said David Levy, president of sales,
distribution and sports for Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. "With
reach that rivals broadcast and strong programming on each network,
TNT and TBS present a great value proposition for our clients and
their brand messages."

TNT and TBS have also played key roles in the evolving business of
television. "Today, television isn't about broadcast vs. cable," said
Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. "It's about
brands and premium content. It's about the art and science of creating
great television."

Turner Entertainment Networks - the parent of TNT and TBS - also
unveiled a new array of options for advertisers under the name
inContext. This umbrella includes TVinContext, which was launched with
great success in 2008. TVinContext takes ads and places them next to
relevant content in programming. Turner is also launching
LIFEinContext and BRANDSinContext, two initiatives that focus on
tailoring ads to the lifestages of viewers and on new ways to
integrate brands with programming.

"While other networks are just beginning to explore the importance of
placing ads in the right context, we've focused on this idea for
years," said Linda Yaccarino, executive vice president and chief
operating officer of Turner Entertainment Ad Sales/Marketing and
Acquisitions. "inContext is more than just a name and a logo. It's a
new vision for television. We're making context part of everything we
do for our clients."

In addition to original entertainment programming, TNT and TBS are
home to marquee sports, including the NBA, Major League Baseball and
NASCAR. Turner recently announced a blockbuster agreement that will
bring the NCAA men's basketball tournament to the networks - along
with sister network truTV - starting in 2011. The deal with Turner and
partner CBS includes staging the Final Four and men's championship
game on TBS every other year, starting in 2016.

TNT programming details

This summer, TNT will air seven new or returning originals on four
different nights: THE CLOSER, SAVING GRACE, DARK BLUE, LEVERAGE,
MEMPHIS BEAT, RIZZOLI & ISLES and HAWTHORNE. Later this year, TNT will
bring back the critically praised hit MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE.

In 2011, the network will debut a much-anticipated new series from
Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle called FALLEN SKIES, while the
respected SOUTHLAND will return for a new season. TNT has also
greenlit the buddy lawyer series FRANKLIN & BASH, starring Mark-Paul
Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) and Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken). FRANKLIN &
BASH comes to TNT from Sony Pictures Television and executive
producers Jamie Tarses (TNT's HawthoRNe, TBS's My Boys), Kevin Falls
(Shark, The West Wing) and Bill Chais (Shark, Dirty Sexy Money).

"TNT's ongoing success is based on working with great talent," said
Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for
TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "As TNT develops shows for
the future, we continue to work in partnership with some of the best
people in the business."

Today, TNT announced these development plans:

UNTITLED DON CHEADLE MEDICAL SHOW - Executive producers Don Cheadle
(Crash, Iron Man 2), Kay Liberman (Traitor) and Lenore Zerman (Darfur
Now) of Crescendo Productions; executive producer Brett King;
executive producer/writer Ed Horowitz (Exit Wounds); and producer/
writer Norm Solomon focus on 1971 Los Angeles, where a group of
idealistic doctors open an urgent-care clinic in hopes of upholding
the values that inspired them to become doctors in the first place.
The project comes to TNT from Lionsgate Television and Cheadle's
Crescendo Productions.

GRAYSMITH - Based on the life of cartoonist, writer and part-time
private detective Robert Graysmith (author of Zodiac and many other
books), this series will follow the renaissance man himself as he uses
an unconventional approach and unusual skills to solve crimes.
GRAYSMITH comes to TNT from Scott Free Productions and executive
producers Ridley Scott (Robin Hood, The Good Wife) and Tony Scott (The
Taking of Pelham 1 2 3, The Good Wife) and executive producer/writer
Dan Gordon (The Hurricane).

GREEN DETECTIVE - Steven Bochco (NYPD Blue) and Jonathan Abrahams
follow a quirky environmentalist who seeks the truth as an insurance
adjuster for a big insurance company.

BRAIN TRUST - Dean Devlin (TNT's Leverage) and Marco Schnabel (TNT's
The Librarian movie trilogy) delve into the world of an old-fashioned
(and recently demoted) detective as he teams with four brilliant but
socially awkward, sheltered academics to help him solve crimes. BRAIN
TRUST comes to TNT from Electric Entertainment.

MISS PHILLY - Executive producer/writer Jamie Foxx (The Soloist, Ray),
executive producer/writer Barbara Hall (Joan of Arcadia, Judging Amy)
and executive producers Marcus King (The Jamie Foxx Show) and Jaime
Rucker King (Ray) explore the pristine suburbs and urban war zones of
Philadelphia, where the mayor has hired the first African-American
police commissioner. She finds herself handling more than she ever
expected.

DEAR GOD - Executive producers Mark Gordon (Private Practice, Grey's
Anatomy), Mark Burnett (Survivor), Roma Downey (Touched by an Angel)
and Deborah Spera (Army Wives, Criminal Minds), along with writer/
executive producer Joel Fields (TNT's Rizzoli & Isles), look into the
dead letters bureau at the U.S. Postal Service, where a team of
humanitarians try to help those on the verge of losing their faith by
answering their letters to God. DEAR GOD comes to TNT from ABC
Studios.

TBS programming details

TBS will expand its programming lineup sharply in 2010 and 2011. Conan
O'Brien's new late-night show will debut Nov. 8. He will be followed
by LOPEZ TONIGHT, the hit late-night show starring George Lopez that
debuted in 2009. TBS's lineup also includes the original series MY
BOYS, ARE WE THERE YET? and the new animated series NEIGHBORS FROM
HELL.

In addition, TBS has acquired exclusive cable rights to the CBS series
THE BIG BANG THEORY, beginning in fall 2011. TBS has also greenlit the
original series GLORY DAZE (working title), a 1980s-set comedy that
centers on four buddies who navigate college life and pledge a
fraternity. The ensemble cast includes Tim Meadows and is from TBS
Productions, Warner Horizon Television and executive producers Walt
Becker (Van Wilder) and Michael LeSieur (You, Me and Dupree).

TBS has these one-hour scripted series in development:

THE WEDDING BAND - The writing team of Josh Lobis and Darin Moiselle
(South Park) and executive producer Mike Tollin (Wild Hogs,
Smallville) introduce a fresh comedy that centers on four friends.
Some are married and some are single, all with day jobs and
responsibilities, but they share one thing in common: They are in a
wedding band. THE WEDDING BAND comes to TBS from FremantleMedia.

THE RABBIT FACTORY - From executive producer/writer Alan Loeb (Wall
Street: Money Never Sleeps, New Amsterdam), executive producer Steven
Pearl (The Beast) and Lionsgate Television, this series follows the
detective team of Mike Lomax and Terry Biggs, two characters from the
book series by Marshall Karp. Recently widowed Lomax and recently
married Biggs work to protect and serve, navigating the daily
challenges of their jobs while tackling their personal lives.

THE CATCH - Executive producer/writer Vic Levin (Mad About You) and
executive producer Chris Albrecht focus on a widower who re-enters the
world of dating, only to learn that he is quite the catch.

TBS has these animated series in development:

GOOD AND EVEL - Olive Productions (Stanley Tucci, Steve Buscemi and
Wren Arthur), Gotham Group (Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Lee Stollman),
Lionsgate Television and executive producer/writer Glenn Eichler (The
Colbert Report, Beavis & Butt-Head) introduce the ultimate
dysfunctional family. Voiced by acclaimed actors Tucci (Julie & Julia,
The Lovely Bones) and Buscemi (Fargo, Boardwalk Empire), the show
centers on Jack Good, a moral, upstanding family man, and his
nefarious twin brother, Bo Evel, a rebel and drunk who's been in and
out of prison.

THE BLACK FAMILY - Executive producer/writer Ali LeRoi (Everybody
Hates Chris, TBS's Are We There Yet?); executive producer/artist Todd
Goldman; executive producers Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans and
Shawn Wayans (Scary Movie, White Chicks, Little Man); and executive
producer Rick Alvarez (Dance Flick) introduce a blended interracial
family, the Blacks.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and
programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media
environments on television and other platforms for consumers around
the world.
                                            
Patty
"Next to"? Is this product placement within shows? Or highly targeted
ads during commercial breaks?



Why on earth would CBS want to give up the Final Four?



Hey, as long as his attention is on TNT and TBS, that probably means
he'll leave TCM alone.



Maybe with "NUMB3RS" gone, this show will demonstrate how math and
science can be used in crimefighting. I mean "science" beyond the
obvious forensic sciences, like maybe astrophysics. :-)


Patty