16 May 2012 6:41 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Not every cable network is looking to set the world on fire with programming that pushes the boundaries of serialized storytelling. TNT and TBS unveiled their development slates today ahead of their upfront presentations and Deadline quoted the networks' head of programming Michael Wright as saying that, "whatever the form or genre, we’re using what we call the ‘popcorn mindset’ as the guiding principle behind all our development." For the network (tagline: "Drama, Period."), that seems to mean more potential successors for the soon-ending Kyra Sedgwick hit "The Closer," which is already set with its own spin-off "Major Crimes," launching in August. "King and Maxwell" and "Lew Archer" will both feature unusual private detectives, while the territory for Steven Bochco's solving-a-murder-over-a-season procedural sounds unfortunately close to "The Killing." »


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