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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 Rizzoli & Isles for third season

TNT has booked its blockbuster series Rizzoli & Isles for a third season. The record-breaking drama – from Warner Horizon Television and starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander – is in the midst of a terrific second season that has it running neck-and-neck with The Closer as this year’s top basic cable series. TNT has ordered 15 episodes of Rizzoli & Isles for its third season, which is slated to launch in summer 2012. The show’s second season will continue airing Monday nights at 10 p.m. (ET/PT) through Sept. 12. Rizzoli & Isles will return to wrap up its second 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 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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TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles Sets Record with Cable’s Biggest Ad-Supported Premiere; 7.6 million viewers

Monday night’s premiere of TNT’s new original series Rizzoli & Isles now claims the record as cable’s #1 commercial-supported series launch of all time, with 7.6 million viewers. The series, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, raced out of the starting gate after an equally strong performance for the sixth-season premiere of The Closer, which delivered 7.7 million viewers, up 7% over its fifth-season premiere on June 8, 2009. Both premieres also rank as ad-supported cable’s top series telecasts for the year-to-date among viewers and households.

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TNT Greenlights Steven Spielberg’s Untitled Alien Invasion Series; 10 Episodes Ordered + Moon Bloodgood Cast

TNT has given an official greenlight to Steven Spielberg’s untitled alien-invasion series with a 10-episode order set to air in 2011.  The series stars Noah Wyle (ER).  Robert Rodat wrote the pilot and came up with the idea with Spielberg.  Moon Bloodgood (Terminator Salvation) has also been cast in the show.  Here’s how TNT explains the series:

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