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TNT Orders New Pilot Called First and Last February 2, 2009 7:07 pm

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tntlogo-020209TNT has ordered a new non-fiction pilot titled First and Last.  According to Broadcasting & Cable, the series would be an hour-long show split into two parts.  The first half-hour would feature the stories of the first time something happens in a person’s life, while the second half-hour would focus on what happens in the second-half of their lives.

TNT Renews Leverage for a Second Season February 2, 2009 6:28 pm

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tntlogo-020209TNT Has announced that they’ve given a renewal to the freshman drama Leverage, which has become ad-supported cable’s #1 program in the Tuesday 10pm (ET/PT) timeslot.  The series has averaged 3.2 million viewers and scores well when time-shifted viewing is factored in.

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TNT Greenlights Ray Romano’s Men of a Certain Age January 12, 2009 11:44 pm

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rayromano-011209TNT has added another show to its lineup of original programming with the pick up Ray Romano’s midlife crisis drama Men of a Certain Age.  10 episodes were ordered by TNT and the network is targeting a January 201o premiere.

The pilot was written by Romano and Everybody Loves Raymond alum Mike Royce and is focused on three forty-year college buddies — Joe (Romano), Owen (Andre Braugher) and Terry (Scott Bakula) — who are each coming to terms with a midlife that hasn’t lived up to their expectations.

“The show isn’t ever going to be weighty tome,” said Royce, who calls his series a “dramedy.” “We’re really just trying to write out of our own experience and make the show relatable.”

Just last week, TNT gave similar 10-episode pickups to the Jada Pinkett Smith-starring medical drama Time Heals and the Jerry Bruckheimer-produced cop drama The Line, which stars Dylan McDermott. On January 26th the network will debut its fifth hour-long series, Trust Me, which stars Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh as Chicago ad executives.

Source: Variety

Nearly 5 Million Tune in for Leverage Premiere; 5.4 Million for ‘Librarian 3’ on TNT December 9, 2008 2:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Leverage, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, TNT.
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tntlogo-120908TNT had a very successful weekend.  The third TV movie from The Librarian franchise, The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice got things started by drawing 5.44 million viewers on Sunday night from 8-10pm. That led into the series premiere of Leverage, which held steady from its lead-in and drew 4.99 million viewers from 10-11pm (92% retention).

Leverage’s performance among the key demos was even more impressive, with 94% retention among adults 18-49 (2.06 million out of 2.19 million who watched ‘The Librarian’) and 93% retention among adults 25-54 (2.64 million out of 2.84 million who watched ‘The Librarian’).

The full press release follows after the jump.

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“The Closer” Spinoff in the Works at TNT September 10, 2008 2:58 pm

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Given how common spinoffs have been as of late, the news that TNT is developing their own spinoff from The Closer isn’t all that surprising.  The Closer is cable’s #1 drama and has even attracted Emmy attention so you can hardly fault the network for trying to capitilize on that exposure.

The spinoff is being headed by creator/executive producer James Duff, and TNT has confirmed that it has handed out a script order for the spinoff but has declined to comment any further.  Duff is co-writing the story with his Closer co-executive producer Adam Belanoff and Michael Berchem.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

“The Closer” and “Saving Grace”: New Episodes Tonight + “The Closer: Season Three” DVD Giveaway Reminder July 21, 2008 5:20 pm

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TNT has put up a few sneak peek videos for tonight’s new episodes of The Closer and Saving Grace.  Check them out at the links below.

The Closer (9pm)
http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision.jsp?oid=40499&eref=sharethisUrl

Saving Grace (10pm)
http://www.tnt.tv/dramavision/?oid=40322&eref=sharethisUrl

And don’t forget that there’s still time to enter the DVD giveaway for the third season DVD set of The CloserClick here for the rules to enter.

“Saving Grace” & “The Closer”: Rapid Recaps July 13, 2008 8:27 pm

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New seasons of Saving Grace and The Closer return to TNT tomorrow (July 14th) and since it’s been some time between new episodes, some of you may have forgotten everything that went down last season.  If that’s the case, TNT has put together some really nice rapid recap clips for each show.  Check out the recaps at the links below to prepare yourselves for the new seasons of both shows tomorrow night on TNT (The Closer: Season Four at 9pm ET and Saving Grace: Season Two at 10pm).

Saving Grace:
Rapid Recap
Show Page

The Closer:
Rapid Recap
Show Page

Also, be sure to check out the site tomorrow because I just might be starting a new giveaway for one of the show’s.

TV Casting Bites: Wahlberg gets new show, Delaney Returning to Wisteria Lane May 14, 2008 3:22 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in ABC, Casting, Desperate Housewives, Morse Code, News, Television, TNT.
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TNT has teamed up with Donnie Wahlberg and director/producer Jon Avnet to develop a new crime drama about a war hero turned Drug Enforcement officer set in Boston.  Wahlberg is expected to star in the series, tentatively titled Morse Code. [Reuters]

Enjoying the murder mystery storyline revolving around Dana Delany’s character Katherine Mayfair on Desperate Housewives?  Well, good news, because the actress confirmed to ET Online that she is returning to the show next season and that her “whole mystery story will be wrapped up and everything will be revealed, and it’s rather dramatic.”

“Star Wars: The Clone Wars” to Premiere in Theaters February 12, 2008 11:59 pm

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Lucasfilm has confirmed that the upcoming animated television series Star Wars: The Clone Wars will premiere in theaters on August 15 as a feature film, before becoming a weekly TV series in the fall.

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Best Ratings for SAG Awards Since 1998 January 29, 2008 7:48 pm

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Sunday nights dual telecast of the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on TNT and TBS drew more than 6.1 million viewers (click here to read the winners).

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“The Closer” Breaks Another Record September 11, 2007 8:45 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television, The Closer, TNT.
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No stranger to breaking records (see here), The Closer has done it again. Breaking the Live+ Same Day record for ad-supported cable.

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“Heartland” Canceled By TNT August 31, 2007 6:37 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV, Cable TV Ratings, Cancellations, Heartland, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television, TNT.
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TNT has canceled its summer drama Heartland, after a disappointing run in the ratings. The series, which starred Treat Williams, never really caught on with audiences, posting a less than stellar debut and dropping each week thereafter.

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“Saving Grace” Renewed For Season 2 August 8, 2007 7:39 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Renewals, Saving Grace, Television, TNT.
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TNT has renewed Saving Grace for a second season, making the order for 15 more episodes after only 3 aired episodes.

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“The Closer” Renewed For A Fourth Season August 1, 2007 6:06 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Renewals, Television, The Closer, TNT.
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In news that shouldn’t surprise anyone, TNT has announced that they’ve renewed their hit drama series The Closer for a fourth season. Ordering 15 episodes of the Kyra Sedgwick starring series. The fourth season will premiere next summer.

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“Saving Grace” Cable’s #1 New Series Premiere of 2007 July 24, 2007 5:16 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Saving Grace, Television, The Closer, TNT.
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The new drama series Saving Grace, which stars Oscar winner Holly Hunter debuted on Monday night with the largest audience so far in 2007 for a cable program (across ad-supported cable networks), drawing 6.42 million viewers.

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TNT Gets “300” July 11, 2007 6:41 pm

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In a nearly $20 million deal, TNT has won the cable rights to the hit Frank Miller graphic novel adaption 300.

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TNT Moving “Saving Grace” and “Heartland” June 29, 2007 12:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, Heartland, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Saving Grace, Scheduling, Television, The Closer, TNT.
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TNT, early into its summer schedule, is tinkering with their Monday night schedule, moving Heartland out of the post ‘Closer’ time slot and rescheduling the debut of the Holly Hunter starring drama Saving Grace, which will move into that time slot on Monday, July 23.

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Record Breaking Performance for TNT’s “The Closer”, “Heartland” Has Weak Retention June 19, 2007 5:09 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Cable TV Ratings, News, Nielsen TV Ratings, Television, The Closer, TNT.
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Hitting new records for a basic-cable program, the third season premiere of the TNT hit The Closer was watched by an amazing 8.81 million viewers on Monday night, based on fast national ratings.

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TNT Sets Return Date for “The Closer” Plus New Shows May 4, 2007 12:43 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Heartland, News, Premieres, Saving Grace, Television, The Closer, The Company, TNT.
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The cable network today announced the premiere dates for a few of their television programs, chief among them, The Closer. The series will premiere its third season on Monday, June 18 at 9:00 p.m.

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TNT and TBS Get Cable Rights to “Pursuit of Happyness” February 1, 2007 10:00 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Movies, News, TBS, Television, TNT.
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TNT and TBS will be paying up to $30 million for the first window of broadcast for the Will Smith helmed film Pursuit of Happynes.

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