TNT and TBS unveiled their new programming slates Thursday, including projects from Frank Darabont, Steven Spielberg, Steve Carell, Dick Wolf and more.
"For a decade, we've been beating the drum the loudest - that cable is as good as broadcast," Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, said in a statement. "Now, our industry has reached a tipping point. From creative strength to ratings power, cable has emerged as the leader in television. I'm proud of the role we've played at TNT and TBS. Today, we're looking toward the next horizon - becoming a multiscreen video company serving multiple audiences."
Frank Darabont's newest drama Lost Angels, premiering on TNT in late 2013, stars Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal as Joe Teague, an ex-Marine turned LAPD cop during the city's rough-and-tumble 1940s. The show is based on the John Buntin book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City, which focuses on the battle between gangster Mickey Cohen and legendary L.A. police chief William Parker.
Also coming to TNT this year is S.O.B. (Save Our Business), an unscripted makeover series featuring entrepreneur Peter Jones, and Marshal Law: Texas, an unscripted procedural from Jerry Bruckheimer.
TBS is launching the new workplace comedy Ground Floor from Cougar Town executive producer Bill Lawrence as well as several new unscripted projects, including Trust Me, I'm a Game Show Host from Mark Burnett and featuring D.L. Hughley and Michael Ian Black, and Bam's Bad Ass Game Show, an over-the-top competition series hosted by Jackass star Bam Margera.
Page 2 of 5 - See ABC's fall scheduleThe networks also announced a plan to begin live-streaming their programming on phones and tablets as soon as this summer. "Starting this summer, subscribers will be able to watch TBS and TNT live - anytime, anywhere, on multiple devices," Koonin said in a statement. "Tablets and smartphones become television sets, bringing new opportunities for us and for advertisers."
Check out the TNT's projects in development below:
Portal House: The story of a group of young scientists who, while investigating what they believe to be a haunted house, stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum. Things then take a turn for the worse when one of their own vanishes into the portal. Executive Producers are Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Scott Rosenberg (writer), Jeff Pinkner (writer), Josh Appelbaum (writer) and Andre Nemec (writer).
Peter Gunn: A re-imagining of the classic post-modern Blake Edwards-Craig Stevens' series that centers on a private eye who is not above getting his suit and tie dirty, if that's what it takes to bring down the bad guys, save his hometown and win back the love of the gal he left behind. Executive Producers are Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Julie Andrews, Lou Pitt, Scott Rosenberg (writer), Jeff Pinkner (writer), Josh Appelbaum (writer), Andre Nemec (writer)
The Last Cop: Based on the hit German series, the project is about a man who awakens after almost 20 years in a coma. His loving wife has moved on, his teenage daughter doesn't know him, and his old police force bears no resemblance to the one he knew in the '90s. Executive Producers are Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King, Mikkel Bondesen, Chris Fedak (writer) and Kristen Campo (co-executive producer).
A Bend in the Road: Based on the Nicholas Sparks book, the story follows Sheriff Miles Ryan, who's known for his keen ability to solve crimes and his deep understanding of the town's citizens. But what Miles doesn't realize is just how many secrets are buried beneath the very streets he walks - the most unsettling having to do with the unsolved murder of his wife. Executive Producers: Nicholas Sparks, Theresa Park and Brandon Camp (writer).
Guilt by Association: Rachel Knight, a gutsy Deputy District Attorney in the Special Trials Unit of the D.A.'s office for L.A. County, works closely with a tough-as-nails female LAPD detective named Bailey Keller and a stylish female prosecutor named Toni LaCollette, both of whom routinely crash at Rachel's place. Based on the debut novel by Marcia Clark. Executive Producers are Marcia Clark (writer), Dee Johnson (writer) and Nelson McCormick (director).
Page 3 of 5 - Lew Archer: Based on the title character from Ross McDonald's popular novels, this project from The Closer creator James Duff and Close to Home creator Jim Leonard follows the sleuth many consider to be "the original P.I." Crushed: This primetime soap focuses on two rich lovers, Caz, whose father Jeremy owns Terra Winery, and Daphne, Jeremy's young wife. When Jeremy announces that he has amended his will to leave them each 50 percent of the business, their rivalry gets the better of them. They make a unique bet to determine who has the best seductive powers. Executive Producers/Writers are Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon.
Bad Parents: A half-hour comedy about four couples who must navigate the responsibilities of parenthood while holding on to the last bastions of their youth. Executive Producers are Walt Becker, Andrew Panay and Brent Golberg (writer).
Tribeca (working title): From Steve and Nancy Carell, Tribeca is a comedy anchored by heroine Angie Tribeca ,a 10-year veteran of the LAPD's elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). The show explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime, reveal way too much personal information about themselves and refuse to rest until justice has been served.
Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me: Inspired by Jamie Foxx's relationship with his 18-year-old daughter, this comedy explores the dynamic between a parent and a child and all the embarrassment that comes with it. Executive Producers are Jamie Foxx and Jaime King.
Dream House (working title): When a young man has the chance to buy the house of his dreams, he quickly discovers that the owner, a seemingly feeble old man, is actually a grifter who manages to sell the house and become his roommate. Executive Producers are Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman.
Clipsters: Fromt the creators of Will & Grace, this ensemble workplace comedy revolves around an eclectic cast of stylists working in a barbershop in the Boston suburb of Worcester, Mass. Executive Producers/Writers are David Kohan and Max Mutchnick.
Burn: A docudrama from Denis Leary told through the eyes of Detroit firefighters.
Cop Swap: From Dick Wolf, this project follows two law enforcement officials from diverse backgrounds and departments each week who immerse themselves in each other's lives and jobs in an effort to learn something that will make them better officers, partners and citizens of the law. When all is said and done, the cops reflect on their mutual journeys, and reveal new perspectives on what it means to protect and serve. Monopoly: From the iconic toy and game company Hasbro is the reality version of the popular game. Eight teams of two will play a game of real-world Monopoly with a huge cash prize at stake. Just like the iconic game, the ultimate goal is to amass as much property and wealth as possible in this game that requires strategy, business acumen, people skills and chance. Executive Producers are Stephen J. Davis, Kevin Belinkoff, Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz.
Page 4 of 5 - The Big Deal: From the producers of The Biggest Loser and MasterChef, the show features teams of antique and collectible enthusiasts from across the country that compete in an epic scavenger hunt for the chance to win thousands in cash.
Me Time with Diablo Cody: Tailored around screenwriter Cody's unique perspective on all things pop culture and told in her very own tongue-in-cheek way, Me Time with Diablo Cody will reveal a side of Hollywood and celebs that the public very rarely gets to see.
Cheeseheads (working title): The show takes viewers into a hilarious subculture through the eyes of a group of proud Wisconsinites as they navigate life in the only way they how - loud, proud and with lots of beer.
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