With a returning slate of five original dramas due to air this summer and the launch of cop duo King & Maxwell, US cable network TNT is well placed to continue its audience assault on the major broadcast networks.
Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Major Crimes, Perception, Franklin & Bash are all back, while King & Maxwell premieres ahead of Lost Angels, created by Frank Darabont, which is due later this year.
In 2014, TNT will launch two new scripted dramas: The Last Ship, executive produced by Michael Bay, and Legends, executive produced by Howard Gordon.
The network is also currently considering two pilots. The first is an untitled bounty hunter drama executive produced by Dean Devlin, while Murder in the First is a crime drama from Steven Bochco.
As well as updating its series schedule, TNT also used its Upfronts presentation to unveil its scripted development slate.
Portal House, from Amblin Television, is about a group of young scientists who stumble upon a portal into the space-time continuum while investigating a haunted house. It is executive produced by Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and writers Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
Peter Gunn – a re-imagining of the Blake Edwards/Craig Stevens series – follows a male private eye who is prepared to play dirty to bring down the bad guy, save his hometown and win back the girl he left behind. From Amblin Entertainment, the executive producers are Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Julie Andrews, Lou Pitt and writers Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec.
The Last Cop, based on the German series Der letzte Bulle and produced by Fox Television Studios and Fabrik Entertainment, is about a LAPD cop who awakens after 20 years in a coma to a changed world. It is executive produced by Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King, Mikkel Bondesen, writer Chris Fedak and co-executive producer Kristen Campo.
A Bend in the Road is an adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ book about the sheriff of a resort town who must uncover its secrets while solving the murder of his wife. It is produced by Nicholas Sparks Productions and Warner Horizon Television, and executive produced by Sparks, Theresa Park and writer Brandon Camp.
Guilt by Association, based on the novel by Marcia Clark about a female deputy district attorney who works with a female LAPD detective and a female prosecutor. It is executive produced by writers Marcia Clark and Dee Johnson and director Nelson McCormick.
Lew Archer is a detective project based on the character from Ross McDonald’s novels. From Warner Horizon Television, it is executive produced by James Duff, Steve N White and writer Jim Leonard.
Crushed is a soap about a rich businessman who announces he is leaving 50 per cent of his business to both of his daughter and his new wife, who make a bet to see who has the best seductive powers. Produced by Prospect Park and Universal Cable Productions, it is executive produced by Rich Frank, Jeff Kwatinetz, Josh Barry and writers Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon.