TNT and TBS unveiled a broad array of programs during their upfront presentation on May 19, 2010. The cable networs staged a joint presentation in New York with appearances by a legion of stars, including TBS’s Conan O’Brien, George Lopez and Ice Cube; and TNT’s Kyra Sedgwick, Ray Romano, Andre Braugher, Scott Bakula, Jada Pinkett Smith, Dylan McDermott, Timothy Hutton, Noah Wyle, Jason Lee, Alfre Woodard, Ben McKenzie, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer and Angie Harmon.
TNT and TBS have also played key roles in the evolving business of television. According to Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. Koonin stated in a press release, ‘Today, television isn’t about broadcast vs. cable. It’s about brands and premium content. It’s about the art and science of creating great television.‘
TBS will expand its programming lineup sharply in 2010 and 2011. Conan O’Brien’s new late-night show will debut November 8, 2010 .Conan O’Brien will be followed by Lopez Tonight,starring George Lopez. TBS’s lineup also includes the original series My Boys, Are We There Yet? And a new animated series Neighbors From Hell.
In the summer of 2010, TNT will air seven new or returning original programs on four different nights: The Closer starring Kyra Sedgewick; Saving Grace starring Holly Hunter; Dark Blue; Leverage starring Timothy Hutton; Memphis Beat; Rizzzoli & Isles; and Hawthorne starring Jada Pinkett Smith. Later in 2010 TNT will bring back the critically praised hit Men of a Certain Age.
In 2011, TNT will debut Fallen Skies, a new series by Steven Spielberg starring Noah Wyle. The police drama Southland will return for a new season. TNT has greenlit the buddy lawyer series Franklin & Bash, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) and Breckin Meyer (Robot Chicken).
TNT and TBS are home to marquee sports, including the NBA, Major League Baseball and NASCAR. Turner recently announced a blockbuster agreement that will bring the NCAA men’s basketball tournament to the networks – along with sister network truTV – starting in 2011. The deal with Turner and partner CBS includes staging the Final Four and men’s championship game on TBS every other year, starting in 2016.
Programs in Development
TNT announced programs in development, including: a Medical Show by Don Cheadle, Graysmith, Green Detective by Steven Bochco and Jonathan Abrahams; Brain Trust; Miss Philly by Jamie Foxx; and Dear God.
TBS announced programs in development, including: The Wedding Band, the Rabbit Factory, The Catch, Good and Evil and The Black Family.
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
TNT renews The Closer – Rizzoli & Isles – Men of a Certain Age