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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 Southland for a 10-episode fifth season

TNT has announced that Southland has been renewed for a fifth season consisting of 10 episodes. The fifth season is scheduled to begin in February 2013.

The complete press release is included after the jump.

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TNT renews Southland for 10-episode fourth season

TNT’s critically acclaimed drama series SOUTHLAND will return for a fourth season. TNT has ordered 10 new episodes of the gritty, realistic cop drama, which wrapped up its third season March 8. SOUTHLAND stars Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers, A River Runs Through It), Shawn Hatosy (Dexter, Public Enemies), Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire) and Ben McKenzie (The O.C.). The series has averaged 2.9 million viewers this season, up 6% compared to the second season.

The complete press release is included after the jump.
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TNT renews Southland for a third season

TNT has announced that they’ve renewed the critically acclaimed drama series Southland for a third season. The network ordered 10 episodes which will begin airing in January 2011.

“SOUTHLAND is a challenging, visceral show that engages viewers with its immersive style, provocative storylines and complex characters,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming, for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “These qualities have made SOUTHLAND a favorite among critics and appointment viewing for an extremely loyal audience.”

Click over the jump for the full press release.

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TNT Picks Up Southland; Sets January 12, 2010 Premiere

TNT is adding another cop drama to its lineup.  The network announced this morning that they have purchased the L.A. cop drama Southland – recently canceled by NBC – from Warner Bros. Television.  The pick-up had been rumored for some time but the agreement is now official.  TNT purchased both the seven episodes leftover […]

NBC Cancels Southland

Well this is surprising. Before it has a chance to debut its second season, NBC has canceled its once promising drama series Southland.  According to THR, production on the John Wells-produced cop series is being shut down after six episodes.  The show as slated to debut in a new time slot — Friday at […]

NBC Announces Portion Of 2009/2010 Lineup

NBC has unveiled a portion of their 2009-2010 lineup, announcing official renewals for Heroes, Southland, Parks and Recreation and Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday (six new episodes), and pickups of four new dramas: Trauma, Parenthood, Mercy and the event series Day One, plus two new comedies: Community and 100 Questions. You can check out the full press release after the jump.

Noticeably absent from the list?  Chuck, Medium, Law & Order and Life.  According to other reports, the first three shows (Chuck, Medium, Law & Order) are expected to eventually be picked up for another season each, but the news is grim for Life, which NBC has officially canceled.

Keep your eyes on the site for all the latest developments (and I expect to update the Television Season page shortly, so be on the look out for that).

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NBC Renews Chuck, Medium and Law & Order + Pickups for Southland and Parks and Recreation

Nikki Finke of Deadline Hollywood Daily is reporting that NBC has issued renewals for three on-the-bubble shows: Chuck, Medium and Law & Order.

Earlier, Finke reported that the network has also renewed both Southland and Parks and Recreation.

NBC is expected to make some of their official renewal announcements tomorrow […]