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TBS and TNT unveil new series and Summer schedule

Two of cable’s most successful brands are once again paving the way to the future with a bold, industry-leading strategy. According to the vision laid out by executives during the annual Upfront presentation today in New York, TBS and TNT will undertake a major transformation over the next two years, evolving from linear television networks into branded video destinations.

“Our strategy is designed to confront the challenges of an ever-growing media universe by focusing on the strength of our brands, the power of our programming and the ability to deliver branded video content that can be enjoyed anytime, anywhere and on any device,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “To reach our destination, we will focus on leading with the strength of the TBS and TNT brands; cementing each network’s foundation with popular, high-profile acquisitions; expanding our lineup of scripted and unscripted original series to a year-round model; and maximizing multi-screen opportunities.”

“Turner continues to make investments in programming that has broad appeal with viewers, and our commitment to producing originals throughout the year and content for all screens will provide tremendous opportunities for our clients and their brands,” said David Levy, president of sales, distribution and sports, Turner Broadcasting System, Inc. “As viewer habits progress and we evolve into a One Media World, advertisers continue to look for opportunities to engage with consumers on multiple screens and platforms. Turner’s leading portfolio of linear and digital brands, with enhanced original content, provides our advertising partners with greater reach for their messages, across multiple screens, genres and demographics.”

The complete press release is included over the jump.

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TNT renews Leverage for fifth season

TNT has renewed its fast-paced, light-hearted caper drama Leverage for a fifth season, just as the fourth season is shaping up to score the show’s biggest ratings yet. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of Leverage, with the fifth season slated to launch in summer 2012. The series – which centers on a gang of grifters, hackers and thieves out to settle scores against the rich and powerful – currently airs Sunday nights at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). After the show’s Aug. 28 summer finale, Leverage will return to wrap up its fourth season with new episodes in November and December.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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TNT announces Summer schedule; Includes season premieres of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles and series premieres of Falling Skies and Franklin & Bash

TNT has unveiled its summer schedule, including the Monday, July 11, return of basic cable’s top two series of all time: The Closer, starring 2010 Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick, and Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon (Law & Order) and Sasha Alexander (NCIS). TNT’s summer lineup also includes the network’s two newest series, with the two-hour Sunday, June 19, premiere of the science fiction drama series Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle (ER) and produced by DreamWorks Television and executive-producer Steven Spielberg, and the Wednesday, June 1, premiere of the light-hearted legal drama series Franklin & Bash, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) and Breckin Meyer (Road Trip). Also returning this summer are the TNT original series Men of a Certain Age, Leverage, HawthoRNe and Memphis Beat.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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TNT confirms December returns for The Closer, Men of a Certain Age and Leverage

TNT has confirmed that The Closer, Men of a Certain Age and Leverage will all return with original episodes, of varying length, in December.

The first of five episodes of The Closer will premiere on Monday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m. followed by the season two premiere of Men of a Certain Age at […]

TNT renews The Closer, Leverage and Rizzoli & Isles

TNT has renewed The Closer, Leverage and Rizzoli & Isles for new seasons. Both The Closer and Leverage received 15-episode renewals, while Rizzoli & Isles was received a 13-episode renewal.

The full press release follows after the jump.

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Cable TV Ratings: Caprica Slide Continues; Spartacus Up Again + more

Bad news for Syfy’s Battlestar Galactica prequel Caprica.  Week three of the series drew just 1.13 million viewers and a 0.4 A18-49 rating.  That was down a steep 20% from last week’s episode (1.41M viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating).  Caprica is down 29% from its series premiere (1.60 million viewers).

Also on Friday, the new Starz! series Spartacus: Blood and Sand increased in its third week to 858,000 viewers (+11%) and a 0.4 A18-49 rating (n/c).  The show is up 30% in viewers and 33% in A18-49 rating since its premiere (659,000 viewers and a 0.3 A18-49 rating).

Ratings for a few other cable shows on Friday night worth noting include Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Cartoon Network which drew 2.195 million viewers and a 0.5 A18-49 rating and Discovery’s Swamp Loggers which drew 1.49 million viewers and a 0.7 A18-49 rating.  More ratings highlights after the jump.

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TNT Adds Two More Episodes of Leverage to Summer Lineup

leverage-081909TNT has added two additional episodes to its summer run of the hit series Leverage, starring Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.  The summer finale, scheduled to air on September 9th at 9:00 p.m., guest-stars Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager) in a new recurring role as Tara, a grifter who helps the team out.  Here’s the schedule:

“The Ice Man Job” Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Summer Finale: “The Lost Heir Job” Wednesday, Sept. 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).

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