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Scripted TV Competition Builds With Packed Summer Schedule

27 March 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Looks like the DVR won’t be getting that much-needed summer vacation.

Not every network has released their summer skeds just yet, but it’s clear that there will be an unprecedented number of scripted skeins on the broadcast networks from June through August. And of course, cable networks have long seen the warm-weather months as a time for its originals to shine.

Six Feet Under,” “Monk” and “The Closer” are examples of cable shows that thrived out of the box in part because of a dirth of competition during summer. Those bowing this summer won’t have that luxury.

TNT alone will be airing nine original dramas this summer — the most ever for any network — including new projects from Steven Bochco, Michael Bay and the producers of “Homeland.”

After some rough starts in the ratings for shows that premiered in the thick of the broadcast season, TNT has switched »

- Rick Kissell

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Update: TNT Unveils Full Summer Schedule (Video)

14 March 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Update, 3:30 Pm: The network has now announced its full summer schedule joining the series premieres of The Last Ship and Legends. It includes the series premiere of Steven Bochco’s new crime drama Murder In The First on Monday, June 9 at 1o Pm, following the Season 3 premiere of Major Crimes at 9 Pm. The full schedule and the newly released Murder In The First trailer is below the original story. Previous, Monday Am: The series premiere of TNT‘s action drama The Last Ship from Michael Bay will premiere on Sunday, June 22 at 9 Pm, followed by the Season 4 bow of the network’s sci-fi drama Falling Skies at 10 Pm. TNT’s other new drama, Legends, has been given a 9 Pm Wednesday, August 20 launch date. The trio join returning summer runs for Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, Perception and Franklin & Bash, new episodes of Dallas, and the launch of Stephen Bochco’s »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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TNT Prepping Diverse Summer Slate of 10 Original Series

14 March 2014 12:59 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT this summer will be airing an unprecedented nine original dramas, and 10 series overall, including new projects from Steven Bochco, Michael Bay and the producers of “Homeland.”

In addition to three new series, the cabler’s summer fare includes four of the 15 most popular dramas on basic cable (“Rizzoli & Isles,” “Major Crimes,” “Falling Skies” and “Perception”).

Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, said he hopes the net’s summer slate points to the quality, variety and stability of the network’s programming.

“It’s a wonderful mix of old and new partners we’re working with … people known for making quality television,” Wright told Variety. “This really helps us burnish the brand.”

The diverse summer slate underscores the evolution of that brand, which not too long ago was driven almost entirely by crime shows like “The Closer.”

“We love our crime dramas, but we’re now programming in several genres… »

- Rick Kissell

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New Falling Skies and The Last Ship Trailers and Premiere Date Released

10 March 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

TNT was at SXSW this past weekend, and happily for us, that means that they have now released new trailers for Falling Skies and The Last Ship. Much of The Last Ship‘s trailer is footage we’ve already seen, though we do get bits of new, but Falling Skies, Wow. Chock full of new clips, including a peek at the new villains…

Also released is the premiere date, so mark your calendars (or keep an eye on ours) for June 22, since they will apparently be airing back to back. I love when they do that! Thanks TNT! Falling Skies will air at 10/9c, and although the trailer doesn’t specify the time for The Last Ship, I’m guessing at 9/8c.

Trailer: The Last Ship – SXSW

Trailer: Falling Skies – Season 4 SXSW Trailer

The Last Ship, starring Eric DaneRhona MitraAdam Baldwin, and Tracy Middendorf, premieres June 22 on TNT. »

- Erin Willard

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TNT’s ‘Falling Skies,’ Two New Action Dramas Get Summer Premiere Dates

10 March 2014 12:26 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT is going for guys this summer with a trio of action dramas it will launch after its coverage of the NBA Playoffs.

The net on Monday announced premiere dates for the fourth season of “Falling Skies” as well as newcomers “The Last Ship” and “Legends.”

The action kicks of Sunday, June 22 at 9 p.m. with the premiere of “The Last Ship,” from exec producer Michael Bay. Eric Dane and Rhona Mitra star in the series about a Navy vessel that may be humanity’s last hope in the wake of a worldwide catatastrophe.

“Ship” will lead into “Falling Skies, the Amblin Television series from executive producer Steven Spielberg. Noah Wyle stars in the drama about the struggle against a deadly force of invaders.

In August, the net brings on “Legends,” from “Homeland” executive producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary and “Fringe” co-executive producer David Wilcox. “Legendds” stars Sean Bean »

- Rick Kissell

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TNT announces 'Falling Skies' Season 4, new series 'The Last Ship,' 'Legends' summer premiere dates

10 March 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Zap2It - From Inside the Box | See recent Zap2It - From Inside the Box news »

Now that winter's finally on the way out, it's time to look ahead to summer. TNT is gearing up for a jam-packed season of TV, as the network announced the premiere dates for three original series: "Falling Skies," "The Last Ship" and "Legends."

On Monday (March 10), in addition to setting the summer premiere dates for "Falling Skies" Season 4 and the new series "The Last Ship" and "Legends," TNT also debuted new trailers for the series before each show's panel at the SXSW festival in Austin.

New series "The Last Ship" premieres on Sunday, June 22, at 9 p.m. Et. From executive producer Michael Bay, the series stars "Grey's Anatomy" alum Eric Dane and is about a Navy vessel that may be humanity's last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. Watch a trailer below:

Season 4 of "Falling Skies," from executive producer Steven Spielberg and starring Noah Wyle, will then follow »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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TNT Announces ‘Falling Skies’ Return, 2 New Drama Premieres (Video)

10 March 2014 11:48 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The fourth season of “Falling Skies” will premiere June 22, the same night as the premiere of the new drama “The Last Ship,” the network announced Monday. Meanwhile, another new drama, “Legends,” will make its debut Aug. 20 at 9 p.m. See photos: TNT's ‘Dallas’ Stars Strip Down, Oil Up in Sexy Season 3 Teasers (Photos) “The Last Ship,” executive produced by Michael Bay, stars Eric Dane and Rhonda Mitra in a tale about a Navy vessel that might be humanity's last hope in the wake of a worldwide catastrophe. “Legends,” from “Homeland” executive producers Howard Gordon and Alexander Cary as well as. »

- Tim Kenneally

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SXSW: The Must-See Events You Can’t Miss This Week in Austin

5 March 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In the not-too-distant past, SXSW was a festival for the techies and their start-ups and weird local bands. Now it’s a weeklong getaway for comedians and Hollywood celebrities. These A-listers have descended on Austin en masse and taken the festival mainstream. Here are the parties, events and panels to check out, but remember: pace yourself.

Friday, March 7th

Film Opening Party Presented by A+E Networks

Where: Buffalo Billiards

Who’s expected: A+E, Lifetime, and History channel fans

Why you don’t want to miss it: One of the first SXSW parties to serve free drinks and hors d’oeuvres, but more importantly, the best place to debate whether A&E’s “Bates Motel” will ever be as good as “Psycho.”

How Twitter Humorists Landed Sweet Real-World Gigs

Where: Austin Convention Center

When: 5:00Pm – 6:00Pm

Who’s expected: The funny people of Twitter

Why you don »

- Fruzsina Eordogh

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SXSW: The Must-See Events You Can’t Miss This Week in Austin

5 March 2014 11:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In the not-too-distant past, SXSW was a festival for the techies and their start-ups and weird local bands. Now it’s a weeklong getaway for comedians and Hollywood celebrities. These A-listers have descended on Austin en masse and taken the festival mainstream. Here are the parties, events and panels to check out, but remember: pace yourself.

Friday, March 7th

Film Opening Party Presented by A+E Networks

Where: Buffalo Billiards

Who’s expected: A+E, Lifetime, and History channel fans

Why you don’t want to miss it: One of the first SXSW parties to serve free drinks and hors d’oeuvres, but more importantly, the best place to debate whether A&E’s “Bates Motel” will ever be as good as “Psycho.”

How Twitter Humorists Landed Sweet Real-World Gigs

Where: Austin Convention Center

When: 5:00Pm – 6:00Pm

Who’s expected: The funny people of Twitter

Why you don »

- Fruzsina Eordogh

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“Firefly” Star Adam Baldwin Compares Gay Marriage To Incest

23 February 2014 12:20 PM, PST | The Backlot | See recent The Backlot news »

Adam Baldwin (l) with Sean Maher at the 2012 Firefly 10th year reunion press conference

Photo: Getty

Adam Baldwin garnered praise for his roles in Full Metal Jacket, and Joss Whedon’s Angel and of course Firefly, but his online outburst against marriage equality isn’t making him a ton of fans on the Web.

On Friday, Baldwin—no relation to Alec, Stephen, et al—tweeted that same-sex marriage was on par with incest and fraud.

What’s wrong, now, with a father marrying his son for love & to avoid tax penalties?

Adam Baldwin (@AdamBaldwin) February 21, 2014

The 52-year-old actor claims to have been a Democrat since back in 1980, but now considers himself a “small government conservative libertarian.” He has written for Huffington Post and Breitbart.

But his career is going gangbusters, too: Baldwin is slated to appear in Michael Bay’s new series for TNT, The Last Ship.

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- Dan Avery

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Catch New Footage of Falling Skies and The Last Ship in This TNT Summer Trailer

11 February 2014 5:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

As we get closer to spring and the new spring shows… it’s time to start getting ready for summer! Now some people may have trouble with seeing winter holiday decorations in the drug stores in September, but no one should mind seeing trailers in February for great shows coming in the summer, right? We here at SciFi Mafia sure don’t.

And thanks to TNT we get to do just that. Watch this new trailer for three summer shows, and you’ll recognize two of them: Falling Skies, which will be returning with Season 4, and new series The Last Ship, which you’ll recognize from the trailers we’ve posted in recent weeks.

The third show in the trailer, Legends, stars Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Rings, Game of Thrones) and it’s a spy show but with nothing, as far as we can tell, »

- Erin Willard

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TV News Roundup: TNT Series Claim Toni Trucks, Jocko Sims + Art Work For 'The Divide' & 'Resurrection'

31 January 2014 2:11 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Some quickie TV news bits... First, Toni Trucks has booked a regular role on TNT’s Franklin & Bash. She'll play a character named Anita Herrera, a new hire at the firm, who's smart and tough. The show was renewed for a fourth season on October 17, 2013. Second, Jocko Sims has been promoted to series regular on another TNT series, The Last Ship - a new post-apocalyptic drama that executive produced by Michael Bay, which revolves around the crew of a lone naval destroyer after a global pandemic who must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Sims plays a character named Dalton Burk, who's described as a charismatic and tough Navy »

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Toni Trucks Joins ‘Franklin & Bash’; Jocko Sims Upped To Regular On ‘The Last Ship’

30 January 2014 1:30 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Toni Trucks (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2) has been tapped for a regular role on TNT’s legal dramedy Franklin & Bash. Trucks will play Anita Herrera, the new recruit Attorney for the Franklin & Bash offices, a tough, smart and attractive Georgetown lawyer with a great sense of humor who can hold her own with the big boys. Trucks appeared as a recurring on CBS’ Hostages and next will be seen in Disney’s Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. She is repped by Greene & Associates and Rugolo Entertainment. Jocko Sims has been upped to regular on TNT’s The Last Ship. Executive produced by Michael Bay, the series revolves around the crew of a lone naval destroyer after a global pandemic who must find a way to pull humanity from the brink of extinction. Sims plays Dalton Burk, a charismatic, fit and tough Navy lieutenant »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Check Out the Extended Trailer for TNT’s The Last Ship

14 January 2014 9:00 AM, PST | ScifiMafia | See recent ScifiMafia news »

We’ve been telling you about TNT‘s upcoming series The Last Ship since we first heard about it way back in May, 2012, as a pilot in development. In May, 2013, TNT released a trailer for the series. It looked pretty good then. Now it looks oddly familiar. It’s set in the arctic. There’s an outbreak. Haz-mat suits are employed.

Look out, kids, it seems that, thanks to Syfy‘s Helix and TNT‘s The Last Ship, 2014 just may be the Year of the Outbreak. And in fiction, we here at SciFi Mafia are good with that. It’s a virulent source (sorry) for some excellent sci-fi terror. Just as there is room for Grimm and Once Upon a Time, The Walking Dead and The Returned, there is absolutely room for Helix and The Last Ship.

Here’s a look at the new “extended” trailer (it’s shorter than »

- Erin Willard

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12 Cable Shows That TCA Convinced Us to Watch

11 January 2014 3:38 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Television Critics Assn. press tour can be a long slog. But for TV geeks it has something of a noble purpose — to promote the best and brightest coming from the major networks. These days the nets rely as much as the buzz that shows create among the assembled journos as they do on the coverage of the panels.

Here are a dozen cable programs that intrigued during the first three days of gabfest at Pasadena’s Langham Huntington hotel:

1. Own’s docudrama series on Lindsay Lohan looks compelling and ridiculous, which is addiction in a nutshell. Oprah tries, once again, to save this little red-headed bird with a broken wing and a criminal record. Lindsay is selfish, self-absorbed and suffering from a devastating disease. Will she finally find the strength to turn her life around and embrace the road to sobriety? Maybe we’ll find out in “Lohan,” premiering »

- Malina Saval

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Friday the 13th Reboot May Ditch Jason Voorhees for an All-New Slasher!

11 January 2014 2:01 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Platinum Dunes producer Bradley Fuller was on hand at the Television Critics Association this weekend to promote his upcoming Starz pirate drama Black Sails as well as the TNT naval drama The Last Ship, and during one of the Q&As, he let slip what could be very big news for the horror world.

Iconic slasher Jason Voorhees may not be the villain of the impending Friday the 13th reboot. When asked if Derek Mears, the actor who played Jason in the 2009 Friday the 13th, was coming back, Fuller made his bold proclamation.

"I don't know, because I don't know if we're going to have Jason. I don't know which Jason we're going to have. I can tell you this: I love Derek Mears, I love working with him and he's a dream so we'd be lucky to have him."

While the series was already 'rebooted' with 2009's Friday the 13th, »

- MovieWeb

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TCA: TNT Says U.S. Navy Supportive Of ‘The Last Ship’, Knows Difference Between Good Storytelling And “A Poster”

10 January 2014 2:12 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

When Shaun Ryan was doing the series Last Resort for ABC, he told TV critics he did not collaborate with the U.S. Navy on the series in order to be able to tell the stories he wanted to do. This afternoon, at a TCA Q&A session for TNT’s new drama The Last Ship, TV critics asked TNT chief Michael Wright how closely the Navy was involved and whether the Navy was an advertiser on the program. “The U.S. Navy does not normally let Hollywood use its toys,” one TV critic said. The Last Ship, based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, centers on the crew of a naval destroyer who, after a global catastrophe decimates the earth’s population, are forced to confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they are among the only survivors. Wright said he had no knowledge »

- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist

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Watch Michael Bay's CES panic attack during Samsung presentation

6 January 2014 3:26 PM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Michael Bay is not great at public speaking. This became very clear when he melted down during a presentation for Samsung at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show (CES).

Samsung brought Bay onstage to discuss how the company's new curved-screen televisions could revolutionize the movie-watching experience at home. Unfortunately, their teleprompter system didn't seem to be working right, and the director-producer couldn't read his lines.

Although Bay tried to "wing it" for a couple of seconds, he quickly stammered to a stop. Head down and walking quickly, Bay left the stage with only "I'm sorry" as an explanation.

Known best for his big-budget productions like the "Transformers" franchise and the new "Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles," Bay is also a producer behind TV shows like the upcoming "Black Sails" on Starz and "The Last Ship" on TNT.

It's safe to say he has a career to fall back on if the product-endorsement deal doesn't work out. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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