Nine series have been announced as part of TNT’s summer schedule – four newbies and five returning. So, whether you’re dying to see how The Closer finishes its run, curious to see what scams the Leverage gang has up its sleeve, are curious see how new series Perception’s paranoid schizophrenic specialist in neuroscience solves crimes, or just looking for some prime soap with Dallas, check out the premiere dates for all the TNT summer shows following the jump.
Before this Sunday’s episode of the extremely cool caper series Leverage [TNT, 9/8C], series stars Aldis Hodge [hacker Hardison] and Beth Riesgraf [thief Parker] will be taking part in a live video chat with fans. For a half-hour prior to the ep, ‘The Van Gogh Job,’ Hodge and Riesgraf will answer questions submitted by fans – and then will tweet live throughout the episode.
Details follow the jump.
TNT’s terrific bad-guys-turned-good series, Leverage [Sundays, 9/8], returns this weekend with a challenge unlike any they’ve ever had before – to pull off a caper on mountain, in a blizzard!
Besides bringing back seven series for 2011-12 – basic cable’s #1 series Rizzoli & Isles; The Closer; recent Peabody Award winner Men of a Certain Age; Leverage; HawthoRNe; Memphis Beat and Southland – and premiering alien occupation series Falling Skies and the legal drama Franklin & Bash, TNT/TBS are developing an ambitious slate to add to their already highly regarded line-up of original programs.
Among those included are The Closer spin-off, Major Crimes a series of Tuesday Night Mystery movies and The Wedding Band – an hour-long comedy starring Brian Austin Greene [Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles] and Harold Perrineau [Lost]. For a look at the complete TBS/Turner slate, follow the jump.
TRUST YOUR DOCTOR. Doctor Who, the longest-running TV sci-fi series, is coming to America tonight! And I’m not just referring to the premiere episode that will be airing at 9pm on BBC. The team is actually coming to America… as in Utah.
The spectacular two-part season premiere kicks off tonight with Part one, “The Impossible Astronaut.” The mysterious time traveler, the Doctor [Matt Smith], and his companions Amy [Karen Gillan] and Rory [Arthur Darvill], find themselves on a secret summons that takes them on an adventure from the desert in Utah – right to the Oval Office in 1969. The two-parter is penned by lead writer and executive producer Steven Moffat (Sherlock, Jekyll). It will also feature guest star Mark Sheppard (Supernatural, Leverage, Battlestar Galactica) and Alex Kingston (ER, Flash Forward) returns as the irrepressible River Song and the new season features an episode written by Neil Gaiman.
Earlier this month, fans were gathered bright and early outside of the Moscone Center in San Francisco in order to ensure their entrance, and were eagerly awaiting the presentation of the Doctor Who panel at WonderCon. I was fortunate enough to be able to attend and bring you these highlights.
I had the opportunity to chat with Mark Sheppard, the ubiquitous actor, as part of the press event during this past weekend’s WonderCon. Although he was attending in conjunction with his upcoming appearance on Doctor Who, I tried my best to divert his attention to Supernatural. Of course, this was no easy task considering that Mark prefers to keep a shroud of mystery surrounding all his appearances. After all, this is the man who insists that his name not be used in the opening credits for fear that viewers reading it will then know in advance that his character will be making an appearance! Getting a straight answer from Mark is almost as challenging as getting a straight answer out of Misha Collins, who appears as the angel Castiel on Supernatural and entertains followers with a hilarious Twitter account (@MishaCollins). Unfortunately due to time constraints, we had less than five minutes to present questions to this personable, funny, and engaging actor.
TNT has announced premiere dates for its summer season – including the launches of its two big new series, Falling Skies and Franklin & Bash. The Steven Spielberg production/Noah Wyle headlining Falling Skies will have its two-hour premiere Sunday, June 19th, while the Mark-Paul Gosselar vehicle, Franklin & Bash premieres on Wednesday, June 1st.
TNT’s full summer lineup – along with network blurbs – follows the jump.
There are now so many television channels – and so much programming – that Sturgeon’s Law [‘90% of everything is crap’] may apply, but it’s no longer relevant! Now, with hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s virtually impossible to not find at least thirty or forty really good programs. I know because I watch about that many on a semi-regular to regular basis – and there are many more that I check in on from time to time.
Leverage returns this evening [TNT, 9/8C] with a… unique Christmas episode that finds the team enlisted to restore a fired Santa’s reputation – he was fired for allegedly being drunk on the job.
What an interesting and entertaining summer it’s been for television. New Shows like Covert Affairs and Pretty Little Liars seemed to come out of nowhere to become hits, while reliable standbys like The Closer, Breaking Bad and Mad Men maintained their positions and won big at the Emmys. And for off the charts nasty fun, there was, once again, True Blood.
With the fall season getting underway [The CW and FX have already introduced new shows and the big guys are following over the next couple weeks], it’s definitely time to take a look at the best of this past summer and offer a couple of comments on the few new shows that we’ve seen debut over the last week.
Note that I have not included Mad Men in my summer list because I simply did not have time to include it in my schedule. A separate overview for MM will appear once the new fall season premieres have appeared.
TNT knows drama and they also know how to keep hit drama series on their Network – by renewing them! Which is why TNT has ordered new seasons of three of the network’s hit series, The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage.
On the renewal of these three hit series, Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM) had this to say to the media. “TNT has enjoyed tremendous success on Sunday and Monday nights with Leverage, The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. All three shows feature terrific casts, sharp writing and top-notch production teams. We look forward to continued success with new seasons in 2011.”
The Closer, which continues to rank as ad-supported cable’s #1 series of all time, will return for its seventh season. Rizzoli & Isles, which currently ranks as cable’s #1 new series for the year-to-date, will return for a second season. Leverage, which is performing exceptionally well in its new Sunday timeslot, will be back for a fourth season. TNT has ordered 15 episodes each of The Closer and Leverage, along with 13 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles, with all three slated to start their new seasons in 2011. Continue reading Television: TNT Orders New Seasons of Three Hit Series: The Closer, Rizzoli & Isles and Leverage