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Michael Bay's 'Untitled Cocaine Project' gets pilot order

18 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

In what might be the most colorful official temporary title in recent memory, TNT has given a pilot order to “Untitled Cocaine Project.” Bonus: It’s from mega-producers Michael Bay and Jerry Bruckheimer, along with Jonathan Littman, Billy Corben, and Alfred Spellman.

The pitch: “A serialized character drama that brings the audience into the captivating, wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s.” The pilot was written by Michelle Ashford (Masters of Sex).

The project was originally set up at HBO and is based on Corben and Spellman’s 2006 documentary Cocaine Cowboys (which was also the »

- James Hibberd

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Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay Sell 1970s Drug Trade Pilot to TNT

18 September 2014 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay are investigating the drug trade business, as TNT has ordered an untitled serialized drama pilot about the cocaine business in 1970s Florida from their Jerry Bruckheimer Television and Bay Films shingles in association with Warner Horizon Television.

Michelle Ashford (“Masters of Sex”) wrote the script and is exec producing along with Bruckheimer and Bay. Bruckheimer TV’s Jonathan Littman is also exec producing. So are Billy Corben and Alfred Spellman, who are respectively known for directing and producing the 2006 documentary “Cocaine Cowboys” about the Miami drug trade of that era. Bruckheimer TV’s KristieAnne Reed is co-exec producing.

Bay is an exec producer on TNT’s “The Last Ship,” which was a ratings win for the network over the summer. Bruckheimer recently partnered with “Awkward” creator Lauren Iungerich on the comedy mystery pilot “Couch Detective” for ABC.


- Whitney Friedlander

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TNT TV Show Ratings (updated 9/16/14)

16 September 2014 7:01 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TNT has had both great successes and big disappointments when it comes to their original scripted shows. Which of the current crop will be cancelled or renewed for another season? Stay tuned!

Scripted TNT shows listed: Dallas, Falling Skies, Franklin & Bash, The Last Ship, Legends, Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Perception, and Rizzoli & Isles .

Last Update: Latest ratings for Dallas added.

There's lots of data that TNT execs look at when deciding whether to renew or cancel a TV series but ratings are the major ingredient. Here's an updated listing of all of their recent/current primetime scripted shows.

Note: If you're not seeing the updated charts, please try reloading the page. You can also view them here and here.

You can see other networks' rankings here: »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The evolution of the TV virus thriller

16 September 2014 6:32 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

As Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain comes to the UK, we look back at how TV’s virus thrillers have mutated over the decades…

It was much so simpler when they’d just kill you. Once upon a time, viruses in TV dramas were straightforward slaughterers. The flu of 1975’s Survivors, for instance, cut a swathe through the UK, leaving well-spoken corpses wherever it went. Once infected, you’d cough, start sweating, and then drop dead - unless you numbered amongst the lucky immune, in which case it was time to brush up on your scouting badge survival skills and attempt to make your way in a post-plague world.

Nowadays, TV’s infected aren’t given anything like such an easy time of it. After the coughing, sweating, lurching - and often, dying - stage, more often than not, the virus transforms you. You mutate into something monstrous, one »

- louisamellor

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The books behind today's TV horror resurgence

14 September 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From The Strain to Penny Dreadful, Hannibal and more, we celebrate some of the books behind TV’s golden age of horror…

There has rarely been a better time to be a fan of the horror genre on television with a bumper crop of horror shows currently hitting our screens. Some shows like Supernatural or American Horror Story weave something original out of various different sources such as old folk tales, mythology and horror films. Then there are the others which are rooted in literary fiction, taking their monsters from the page and bringing them vividly to life on screen.

Whether it's a story of serial killers, monsters or things that go bump in the night, we're taking a look at the books that inspired several of today's horror shows...

The Strain - Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan's The Strain Trilogy

Guillermo del Toro had originally intended The Strain »

- louisamellor

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TNT Renews Murder in the First

12 September 2014 9:52 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

The verdict is in: Murder in the First is getting a second season.

Related Longmire Being Shopped to Amazon, Netflix — But Not TNT?

TNT has renewed the cop drama for a 10-episode Season 2, our sister site Deadline reports.

Related  Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled?

The series, which stars Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss) as San Francisco homicide detectives, drew 3.4 million total viewers in its Aug. 11 season finale — its best ratings since the premiere.

The cabler also recently renewed fellow freshman series The Last Ship, as well as Major Crimes and Falling Skies. »

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Report: Teen Titans Pilot, Featuring Nightwing, Nearing Order at TNT

11 September 2014 4:28 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Teenagers these days — all they want to do is save the world.

According to multiple reports, DC Comics is nearing a deal with TNT for a drama pilot based on the Teen Titans, a group of young superheroes led by Dick Grayson, who makes the leap from sidekick Robin to full-fledged hero Nightwing.

Related Report: Supergirl TV Series In the Works from Arrow’s Greg Berlanti

Nightwing’s motley crew also includes the likes of Starfire and Raven. The Titans appeared in their own Cartoon Network animated series from 2003 to 2006, and can now be seen on the network’s far-less-serious Teen Titans Go! »

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DreamWorks’ New CEO Michael Wright on Moving from TV to Film

11 September 2014 1:03 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Transitioning from the TV industry to running a film studio hasn’t fared well for Rich Ross and Gail Berman, whose stints at the top of Disney and Paramount lasted around two years. Can Turner Broadcasting’s Michael Wright do any better at DreamWorks?

The films he inherits include Steven Spielberg’s adaptation of Roald Dahl’s children’s book “The Bfg,” which will hit theaters on July 1, 2016, and a Cold War spy thriller starring Tom Hanks that he also will direct. There’s also “The Light Between Ocean,” which started production this month, an adaptation of “The Ghost in the Shell” that Rupert Saunders will direct and “Las Madres.”

Here’s what Wright tells Variety he’s learned by watching the film industry from the sidelines, and launching hit series like Michael Bay’s “The Last Ship,” “The Closer” spinoff “Major Crimes,” “Legends,” “Rizzoli & Isles” and DreamWorks’ “Falling Skies »

- Marc Graser

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Disney Channel Top-Rated Network Among Kids for Third Straight Summer

4 September 2014 10:43 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Disney Channel, boosted by a pair of original movies and popular new comedy series “Girl Meets World,” has emerged as television’s most popular total-day network among kids — as well as cable’s most popular overall — for a third straight summer.

According to Nielsen estimates, “Girl Meets World” and “Sofia the First” stood as TV’s top two series among kids 2-11 (both with 2.1 million in the age group), and Disney Channel had the summer’s six highest-rated telecasts in the demo. In addition to “Girl” and “Sofia,” the top spots in the rankings include original movies “Zapped” from late June (3.95 million kids 2-11) and last month’s “How to Build a Better Boy” (3.13 million kids 2-11).

For the summer, Disney Channel edged out Nickelodeon in the kids 2-11 demo (822,000 vs. 804,000) while winning by larger margins in kids 6-11 (592,000 vs. 453,000) and tweens 9-14 (509,000 vs. 323,000). It was the network’s sixth straight No. »

- Rick Kissell

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Michael Wright to Replace Stacey Snider at DreamWorks as CEO

4 September 2014 9:11 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

DreamWorks Studios has named Michael Wright, former president and head of programming at TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies, as its new CEO, replacing Stacey Snider who will leave the company at the beginning of January.

Wright will not be a partner at the studio as Snider was, and will not be involved with Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Television operations when he starts the job Jan. 3, 2015.

Spielberg made the hire as Snider is prepping to leave DreamWorks for 20th Century Fox. He had previously worked with Wright on several DreamWorks TV series that aired on TNT, including “Falling Skies,” and the miniseries “Into the West,” and often praised the executive.

“I have had the pleasure of working alongside Michael for many years and have come to know him as a talented executive whose creativevision, leadership, and passion are a perfect fit for our company,” Spielberg said in a statement announcing Wright’s hire. »

- Marc Graser

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TNT Lands TV Right To Lionsgate’s The Hunger Games And Divergent Franchises

3 September 2014 8:52 AM, PDT | AreYouScreening.com | See recent AreYouScreening news »

You now know where to find your favorite Ya dystopias as TNT acquires television rights to Lionsgate‘s The Hunger Games and Divergent franchises. The deal includes future movies, including Divergent films you may not have even known were sure things at this point.

You’re still going to wait a bit for these to hit, but at least you know where they’ll show up. It’s a pretty massive deal overall, and marks a major step in the continuation of the overall television market, and the trend of who is interested in airing what.

Get all the details below, and keep your eye out.


TNT has landed network television rights to the global blockbuster The Hunger Games and Divergent movie franchises in a sweeping deal with Lionsgate (NYSE: Lgf), it was announced today by Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), and Jim Packer, »

- Marc Eastman

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Major Crimes Casts Pretty Little Alum Torrey DeVitto as [Spoiler]'s Daughter

2 September 2014 12:55 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Fans of TNT’s Major Crimes will see just how far the apple falls from the tree when Torrey DeVitto guest-stars as the daughter of Lt. Andy Flynn (played by Tony Dennison).

Related Fall TV Spoilerpalooza: Exclusive Scoop and Photos From 42 Returning Favorites

TVLine has learned exclusively that the Pretty Little Liars and Vampire Diaries alumna will appear in Episode 13, titled “Acting Out” and airing Dec. 8, as Nicole Flynn, who is described as “professional, endearing” and wielding “a touch of Flynn’s edge and sense of humor.”

Nicole unwittingly threatens to cause a bit of a stir at the McD, »

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Falling Skies Season 4 Finale Recap: Over the Moon

31 August 2014 8:51 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

A few weeks ago, when TNT’s Falling Skies indicated that our heroes were going to need to visit the moon in the name of having any chance at beating the Espheni, I had concerns.

How will they get there? And in a timely manner? Who in the 2nd Mass has anything remotely resembling training for such a journey? Will Aerosmith give the rights to “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing”? And so on.

Related | Cable Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled?

Sunday’s two-hour Season 4 finale, which revolved around Tom Mason’s trip to said ball of cheese, »

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Michael Wright to Exit Turner Broadcasting

28 August 2014 3:44 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Wright, the president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), has decided to leave the company.

Wright was in the running to replace Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin, who departed in April, but pulled himself out of consideration and has since been pursuing other opportunities.

A source confirms he will be staying on at Turner while the search continues. Former Fox head Kevin Reilly is said to be in the running.

Wright’s exit comes during a time of turmoil at the company, which is facing headcount cuts. Earlier this week, Turner Broadcasting announced a voluntary buyout program for 6% of its U.S.-based employees.

TNT was the most-watched cable network this summer. It also had four of basic cable’s top 20 original series in adults 18-49 (“The Last Ship,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Falling Skies” and “Major Crimes”) — more than any other network and »

- Debra Birnbaum

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TNT is Summer’s Scripted Cable Leader; Net’s ‘Last Ship,’ FX’s ‘The Strain’ Top New Shows

28 August 2014 1:38 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

USA maintained its status as basic cable’s top summer network in key demos, but TNT emerged as the clear scripted leader — getting a boost from hot newcomer “The Last Ship.”

The Turner net, which aired an unprecedented nine original firstrun dramas at one point or another this summer, won the warm-weather period in total viewers, handing USA a rare setback by this measure. And it did it by ruling the original-series program rankings.

According to Nielsen preliminary “most current” summer estimates from May 26-Aug. 24, TNT could claim four of basic cable’s top 20 original series in adults 18-49 (“The Last Ship,” “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Falling Skies” and “Major Crimes”) — more than any other network and twice as many as it had last year. Bravo, Discovery, MTV and VH1 all had two apiece.

And the net was even more dominant in adults 25-54, with four of the top five scripted basic cable series, »

- Rick Kissell

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Vma Awards, Rising ‘Big Brother’ Top Week’s Ratings

27 August 2014 5:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS’ “Big Brother” had its best week of the summer and claimed the top three series spots in the weekly demo rankings, but it was no match for MTV’s “Video Music Awards.”

Though it was down from last year, the Sunday awards show remains a popular draw among adults under 50 — attracting about as many as the Primetime Emmys one night later on NBC.

It was another transitional week overall, with lots of coming and goings in primetime, including the final episode of HBO’s “True Blood,” the season-ender of hot rookie drama “The Last Ship” on TNT and a record-setting season premiere for BBC America’s “Doctor Who.”

It was also a big week for pro football — the first of many over the next five months — as three NFL preseason games cracked the top 15 in adults 18-49. In a surprise, it was Espn’s Monday matchup between Cleveland and »

- Rick Kissell

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The Last Ship Season 1 finale recap: The Dog Returns

25 August 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

It’s season finale time in the plague-ridden world of The Last Ship. The penultimate episode saw Dr. Rachel Scott officially test the vaccine on something other than monkeys and although it didn’t go well at first, the end result was something that not only inoculated the test subjects, but cured them of the infection entirely. It also tracked the progress of the Chandler family and we saw Captain Tom’s wife unceremoniously infect her entire family, apparently not recognizing the symptoms of the disease that has killed everyone they once knew. That leaves this final episode with the task of mass … Continue reading →

The post The Last Ship Season 1 finale recap: The Dog Returns appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »

- Sara S. Gustafson

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CBS’ ‘Big Brother’ Surges to Season Highs Sunday; ABC’s ‘Rising Star’ Edges Up in Finale

25 August 2014 9:01 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

One month from its finale, CBS reality veteran “Big Brother” surged to summer highs on Sunday, including the top young-adult series score for any show on any network in nearly two months. Also of note on the night was an uptick for the finale of ABC’s “Rising Star.”

HBO’s “True Blood” series finale, the annual “MTV Video Music Awards” on MTV and the first-season finale of TNT’s “The Last Ship” were among the cable highlights on the busy night. Numbers for these and other cable shows won’t be released by Nielsen until later today or early Tuesday.

According to preliminary, affiliate-based “live plus same-day” estimates from Nielsen, CBS opened Sunday with “60 Minutes” (1.1/4 in 18-49, 8.4 million viewers overall), which was the night’s most-watched program overall. “Big Brother” followed at 8 p.m. with season highs across the board, including a 2.5/8 in 18-49 and 7.3 million viewers overall — the »

- Rick Kissell

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‘The Last Ship’ Season 1 Finale Review

25 August 2014 7:12 AM, PDT | ScreenRant.com | See recent Screen Rant news »

[This is a review of The Last Ship season 1, episode 10. There will be Spoilers.]


With the The Last Ship‘s second season on the horizon and Doctor Scott finally completing her mission and discovering the vaccine/cure for “The Red Flu”, we’ve naturally been curious about how this show about the crew of a Navy destroyer and their mission to save the world would carryover into the second season, but now we know that it won’t. At least not in any way that we’ve come accustomed to and that may be a good thing for TNT’s successful but sometimes hollow action drama.

Beginning once again with a check-in on Us Nathan James’ Captain Tom Chandler’s family, the clock starts ...

Click to continue reading ‘The Last Ship’ Season 1 Finale Review


- Jason Tabrys

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Legends: Season One Ratings

25 August 2014 12:16 AM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

TNT has had some mixed success launching new dramas this summer. The Last Ship has been a ratings success while Murder in the First just did okay. How will Legends do? Will it be a hit and be renewed for a second season, or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned.

Based on the award-winning book by spy novelist Robert Littell, Legends follows Martin Odum (Sean Bean), an undercover agent who can transform himself into a different person for each case. A mysterious stranger causes him to start questioning his sanity. Others in the cast are Ali Larter, Morris Chestnut, Amber Valletta, Mason Cook, Tina Majorino, Rob Mayes, and Steve Harris.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better the chances for survival. This chart will be updated as new ratings »

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