TNT’s Summer Schedule: Premiere Dates For ‘Falling Skies,’ ‘Rizzoli & Isles,’ ‘Major Crimes,’ ‘Franklin & Bash,’ More…

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Via Press Release:

TNT ANNOUNCES 2013 SUMMER PREMIERE DATES LINEUP INCLUDES FOUR NEW SERIES AND FIVE RETURNING HITS

tnt_logo2TNT is going to ramp up the drama this summer with a spectacular lineup of original series, including four brand new shows and five returning favorites. Set to launch new seasons this summer are the hit series Falling SkiesRizzoli & IslesMajor CrimesPerception and Franklin & Bash. New series joining them in the lineup include King & Maxwell; the unscripted competition series The Hero and 72 Hours; and the docu-drama procedural Cold Justice (working title).

“Even as we expand TNT’s lineup of original series to a year-round model, summer remains a big season for us and a great opportunity to introduce new series,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “This summer, we’re bringing our viewers a broad range of exciting dramas on TNT, from our tent-pole scripted dramas Falling Skies and Rizzoli & Isles to our newest crime drama King & Maxwell, starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn, to new unscripted dramas like The Rock’s action reality show The Hero and Dick Wolf’s compelling new unscripted procedural Cold Justice. They all deliver on TNT’s promise of smart, entertaining storytelling featuring a wide range of engaging personalities.”

The following is TNT’s summer slate of original series, including premiere dates. Hi-res photos are available for download from TNT’s online pressroom at http://tntnewsroom.com.

The Hero – New Series – Premiere: Thursday, June 6, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Hero-Dwayne-JohnsonDwayne “The Rock” Johnson headlines this epic new competition series that will bring nine ordinary people together and assign them various missions testing their brains, their brawn and even their morality. The show will challenge the competitors to prove they’ve got what it takes to be heroes, pushing them to the limits to see what they are willing – and able – to overcome, undergo, or sacrifice for the sake of their fellow contestants. Through the show’s unique interactive digital platform, viewers will be polled each week to determine the contestant they consider to be the most heroic. The competition will then climax with viewers voting to determine who deserves the grand prize and the title of “The Hero.” The Hero is executive-produced by Electus (Ben SilvermanChris Grant and Jimmy Fox); 5×5 Media (part of the Electus studio system led by Craig Armstrong and Rick Ringbakk); Charles Wachter; Dwayne Johnson; and Dany Garcia. The series was created by Armstrong and Ringbakk of the Emmy®-winning 5×5 Media (SurvivorFashion Star, TBS’s King of the Nerds), along with Wachter (Fashion StarFood Revolution) and Electus’ Silverman (Fashion StarThe Biggest LoserThe Office).

Connect with TNT’s The Hero

Website: http://www.theherotnt.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TheHeroTNT
Twitter: http://twitter.com/TheHeroTNT | #TheHero

72 Hours – New Series – Premiere: Thursday, June 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

72-Hours-med (1)Each week, this action-packed, white-knuckle competition series hosted by Brandon Johnson drops three new competing teams of strangers into the wilderness with only a single bottle of water and a GPS tracking device. The competitors have just three days to find a hidden briefcase full of cash. Along the way, they must survive treacherous terrain and battle the elements to be the first to locate $100,000. 72 Hours comes to TNT from Lighthearted Entertainment (Extreme Makeover), with Howard Schultz (The Moment of Truth), Rob LaPlante (The Apprentice) and Brady Connell (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition) serving as executive producers.  Jeff Spangler serves as co-executive producer.

Connect with TNT’s 72 Hours

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/72-hours
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/72HoursTNT
Twitter: http://twitter.com/72HoursTNT | #72HoursTNT

Falling Skies – Season 3 – Two-Hour Premiere: Sunday, June 9, at 9 p.m.(ET/PT)… Regular Timeslot: Sundays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Falling-Skies-medBasic cable’s #1 summer drama among key demos tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven SpielbergMoon BloodgoodWill PattonDrew RoyMaxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star. In the third season of Falling SkiesGloria Reuben is set to guest-star in a multiple-episode arc as Marina Perlata, an aide to Wyle’s Tom Mason. In addition, Robert Sean Leonard is slated to guest-star as Roger Kadar, an obsessive but gifted scientist who runs the local power grid and lives underground with his pet rats, earning him the nickname “The Rat King.” In addition to Spielberg, Falling Skies is executive-produced by DreamWorks Television heads Justin Falvey and Darryl FrankRemi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.

Connect with TNT’s Falling Skies

Website: http://www.fallingskies.com
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/fallingskies
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FallingSkiesTNT
YouTube: http://youtube.com/FallingSkiesTNT
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Falling Skies app: Available for iOS and Android platforms

Major Crimes – Season 2 – Premiere: Monday, June 10, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Major-Crimes-medTelevision’s favorite squad of detectives has entered bold new territory with this hit crime drama that ranked as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2012. The elite team of Major Crimes is back, headed by two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, GW Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert Buzz Watson and Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales. Graham Patrick Martin returns as Rusty Beck, a homeless teen and material witness taken in by Captain Raydor, and Robert Gossett guest-stars as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor. This season, Nadine Velazquez joins the ensemble as Deputy District Attorney Emma Rios.Major Crimes focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. The series is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company and Walking Entropy, Inc., in association with Warner Bros. TelevisionJames Duff, Greer ShephardRick Wallace and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers.

Connect with TNT’s Major Crimes

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/majorcrimes
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/MajorCrimesTNT
Twitter: http://twitter.com/MajorCrimesTNT | #MajorCrimes
YouTube: http://youtube.com/MajorCrimesTNT
GetGlue: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/major_crimes

King & Maxwell – New Series – Premiere: Monday, June 10, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

"King & Maxwell" - Pilot - 3 Sean & Michelle are released# 1 Jon Tenney as Sean King # 2 Rebecca Romijn as Michelle MaxwellThis brand new private-eye drama features Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn as bestselling author David Baldacci‘s popular characters Sean King and Michelle Maxwell. These two aren’t your typical private investigators. Both are former Secret Service agents, and their unique skills – not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry – give them a leg up on conventional law enforcement. Maxwell is a former Olympic athlete who uses her brains, beauty and Beltway connections to solve cases. King’s career in the Secret Service ended when the presidential candidate he was assigned to protect was assassinated, sending him on a downward spiral. Today, King has added a law degree to his arsenal of skills, allowing him to navigate the system in ways a typical private investigator never could. Along the way, King and Maxwell clash over everything, from her garbage-strewn car to his love of wine over beer. King & Maxwell also stars Michael O’Keefe and Chris Butler as F.B.I. Special Agents Rigby and Carter, who clash with King and Maxwell over their less-than-legal methods. This series is being produced by CBS Television StudiosShane Brennan (NCIS: Los Angeles), Grant Anderson (Third Watch); and Chris Downey (Leverage) serve as executive producers, with Karen Spiegel as producer and Baldacci as series consultant.

Connect with TNT’s King & Maxwell

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/king-and-maxwell
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/KingAndMaxwell

Rizzoli & Isles – Season 4 – Premiere: Tuesday, June 18, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Rizzoli-Isles-medOne of cable’s Top 3 shows for three consecutive years, Rizzoli & Isles will return this summer with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Harmon is Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship that together, helps them to solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Lorraine BraccoLee Thompson Young, Bruce McGillJordan Bridges and Brian Goodman. Developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro and developed characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess GerritsenRizzoli & Isles is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Janet Tamaro’s Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions. Tamaro and Haber serve as executive producers.

Connect with TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/rizzoliandisles
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Twitter: http://twitter.com/RizzoliIslesTNT | #RizzoliandIsles
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GetGlue: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/rizzoli_isles

Perception – Season 2 – Premiere: Tuesday, June 18, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Perception-medThis fascinating series features one of the most unique crime solvers on television, an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, it’s also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who has recruited Pierce to consult on cases. Also starring are Arjay SmithKelly Rowanand LeVar Burton. In addition, season two will feature special guest star Scott Wolf (Party of FiveVEverwood) as Donnie, Kate’s soon-to-be ex-husband.  Perception was created by executive producer Ken Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer. The series comes to TNT from ABC Studios.

Connect with TNT’s Perception

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/perception
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/PerceptionTNT
Twitter: http://twitter.com/PerceptionTNT | #PerceptionTNT
YouTube: http://youtube.com/PerceptionTNT
GetGlue: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/perception

Franklin & Bash – Season 3 – Premiere: Wednesday, July 24, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Franklin-Bash-medThis buddy lawyer series stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer as two young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants street lawyers who cause a seismic culture clash when they join a legendary, button-down law firm. This season, Heather Locklear joins the Franklin & Bash cast as Rachel King, a beautiful and brilliant trial lawyer and the firm’s newest partner. Malcolm McDowell returns as Renaissance man Stanton Infeld, the brilliant and eccentrically spontaneous patriarch of the law firm. Also starring are Reed DiamondDana Davis and Kumail NanjianiFranklin & Bash is produced by Four Sycamore ProductionsLeft Coast Productions and FanFare Productions in association with Sony Pictures TelevisionJamie TarsesKevin Falls, Matthew McGuinness and Bill Chais serve as executive producers.

Connect with TNT’s Franklin & Bash

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/franklinandbash
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FranklinBash
Twitter: http://twitter.com/FrankandBashTNT
YouTube: http://youtube.com/FranklinBashTNT
GetGlue: http://getglue.com/tv_shows/franklin_bash

Cold Justice (working title) – New Series – Premiere: Tuesday, Aug. 27, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Cold-Justice-medTNT’s new unscripted procedural drama follows two top-notch female investigators as they dig into small town murder cases that have lingered for years without answers or closure. Kelly Siegler, a Texas prosecutor for 21 years who has successfully tried 68 murder cases, and Yolanda McClary, a crime scene investigator who worked more than 7,000 cases in her 26 years in the Las Vegas Police Department, are putting their vast knowledge and experience to work helping local law-enforcement officers and families of violent-crime victims get to the truth. With a fresh set of eyes on old evidence, superior interrogation skills and access to advanced DNA technology and lab testing, Siegler and McClary are determined to bring about a legal and emotional resolution. Taking on a different unsolved crime each week, they will carefully re-examine evidence, question suspects and witnesses, and chase down leads in order to solve cases that would have otherwise remained cold indefinitely. TNT has ordered eight episodes ofCold Justice, which comes to the network from Wolf Films and Magical ElvesCold Justice is executive-produced by Emmy® winners Dick Wolf (Law & OrderChicago Fire), Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz (Top ChefFashion Star), Tom Thayer (HitchcockBury My Heart at Wounded Knee) and Kathryn Vaughan (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).

Connect with Cold Justice

Website: http://www.tntdrama.com/series/cold-justice
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/ColdJusticeTNT

About TNT

TNT is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households and ranking among cable’s top networks, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & IslesFalling SkiesDallas,Major CrimesPerceptionFranklin & Bash and the upcoming King & Maxwell. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like Boston’s Finest and the upcoming 72 Hours and The Hero. In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like CastleThe MentalistBones and Supernatural; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

TNT is part of Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company. Turner Broadcasting creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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Like We Said, No-Brainer: TNT Renews Perception For Season Two In 2013

Not that it was a really bold statement to make, but as we predicted last week when we wrote our review of TNT’s freshman detective procedural, Perception and said this:

Chance of Renewal: 100% 

As dopey as this type of show is, audiences eat this generic fare up and it’s a bit of a no-brainer for TNT to renew what is an incredibly inexpensive show to produce (and it’s filmed in Canada, as well dropping the costs that much more), only has a 10-episode summer schedule and is bound to be a ratings boon for the network.  Expect renewal by the halfway point of the season.”

…but, yes, we were right and last Friday TNT announced that the series had been picked up for a second season.

Via Press Release:

 

TNT RENEWS HIT DRAMA PERCEPTION, ONE OF BASIC CABLE’S TOP NEW SERIES OF THE YEAR

TNT has ordered a second season of Perception, the hit Monday night drama starring Emmy® and Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Eric McCormack (Will & Grace, Who Is Clark Rockefeller?). Perception comes to TNT from ABC Studios and currently ranks second behind TNT’s Major Crimes among basic cable’s top new scripted series for the year-to-date. The network has ordered 13 episodes for season two, which is slated to air in 2013.

“Perception has captured the imagination of TNT’s audience of armchair detectives with wonderfully intricate cases, emotionally charged situations and, of course, a terrific cast led by Eric McCormack,” said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Daniel Pierce is a truly unique and fascinating addition to television’s pantheon of crime solvers. We look forward to seeing where Perception takes us next.”

TNT’s Perception, which airs Mondays at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), centers on Dr. Daniel Pierce (McCormack), an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Rachael Leigh Cook (She’s All That) stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on her cases. The cast also includes Arjay Smith (The Day After Tomorrow) as Max Lewicki, Pierce’s teaching assistant, and Kelly Rowan (The O.C.) as Natalie Vincent, Daniel’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) plays Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend.

Perception was created by executive producer Ken Biller (Star Trek: Voyager, Smallville) and co-executive producer Mike Sussman (Star Trek: Enterprise). In addition to starring in the series, McCormack serves as producer.

In its first season, Perception is averaging 7 million viewers (Live + 7), with 1.8 million adults 18-49 and 2.3 million adults 25-54. The July 9 series premiere of Perception ranks third behind the Aug. 13 premiere of Major Crimes and the June 13 premiere of TNT’s Dallas on the list of this year’s top series debuts on cable. The season finale of Perception is set for mid-September.

Connect with Perception

Website: http://tntdrama.com/series/perception/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/PerceptionTNT/ | #PerceptionTNT

About ABC Studios

ABC Studios, part of ABC Entertainment Group, develops and produces compelling programming for both broadcast network and cable television as well as digital platforms. ABC Studios has delivered some of the most successful, talked-about and evolutionary series on television such as Desperate Housewives, Grey’s Anatomy, Lost, Criminal Minds, Army Wives, Once Upon a Time, Scandal and Revenge.

About TNT

TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 99 million households, TNT is home to such original drama series as Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes, Franklin & Bash, Leverage, Southland and the upcoming Monday Mornings. The network also features dramatic unscripted originals like this summer’s The Great Escape and the upcoming Boston Blue (working title) and 72 Hours (working title). In addition, TNT is the cable home to popular dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order and Castle, which starts this year; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

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.

REVIEW: Perception (TNT – Monday, 10:00 p.m.)

In Perception, Eric McCormack plays Dr. Daniel Pierce, an eccentric neuroscience professor with paranoid schizophrenia who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Pierce has an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. He also has an uncanny ability to see patterns and look past people’s conscious emotions to see what lies beneath.

Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, but it’s also damaged. He struggles with hallucinations and paranoid delusions brought on by his schizophrenia. Oddly, Daniel considers some of his hallucinations to be a gift. They occasionally allow him to make connections that his conscious mind can’t yet process. At other times, the hallucinations become Daniel’s greatest curse, leading him to behave in irrational, potentially dangerous ways.

Daniel’s mental condition and offbeat manner make it difficult for him to achieve the close friendships and intimate relationships he craves. He’s in his element when solving an intricate puzzle or a coded message. But in unfamiliar situations, he can quickly become overwhelmed, and only his favorite music and a crossword puzzle have the power to make things right again.

Rachael Leigh Cook co-stars as FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to consult on certain cases. Unlike her colleagues, Kate is willing to look past Daniel’s peculiarities. Also in Daniel’s life is Max Lewicki (Arjay Smith), who serves as his teaching assistant. His primary job is to keep Pierce in line and on task, whether that means grading midterms or laying out Pierce’s wardrobe for the day. And Natalie Vincent (Kelly Rowan) is Daniel’s best friend and every bit his intellectual equal. In addition, award-winning actor LeVar Burton (Roots, Star Trek: The Next Generation) will play a recurring role as Paul Haley, a dean at the university and Pierce’s friend. – TNT

Score:     55 out of 100

What do you get when you cross a delusional schizophrenic college professor and a cute and sassy FBI agent? Well, in this case, you get a typical formulaic police procedural with a gimmick that’s trying to trick audiences into thinking it’s actually clever, original and full of  compelling plot twists.  It’s not and in fact it’s pretty lame.

Now, we’ve talked about gimmicks on police procedurals before, most recently with the CBS series Unforgettable and the now canceled Bones spinoff, The Finder, and the gimmicks we are talking about concern the main character who has some special ability or feature that’s not supernatural but is rare that gives him a special insight into solving crimes that the local police and federal agencies simply can’t handle on their own (see: Numb3rsThe MentalistMonk, and Psych, to name a few).  Most of the time, it doesn’t work because at the end of the day, a generic police procedural is a generic police procedural and they’ve all been done before.

Perception is no different except for the fact that the goal of this show is apparently to throw so much crap at the audience between Pierce’s delusions and Monk-like obsessive-compulsive idiosyncracies and convoluted stories and plot twists that they utterly confuse the audience into believing that this is a unique and quality show.

“And I would have gotten away with it, too, if it hadn’t been for that meddling schizophrenic and his plucky sidekick.”

We normally don’t do reviews without watching at least the first three episodes of a series but we couldn’t get past two with Perception because it was so eye-rolling embarrassing to watch and it became obvious very quickly that the show was going to follow the same routine every episode and beyond the pilot there are simply no surprises in formula and procedure.  The only thing that is surprising is how completely ridiculous the premise of each scenario of each episode is and that they actually expect us to believe the ludicrous plot twists they throw at us.  And, of course, every week the ultimate suspect (because of course, they’ve gone through several by this point) when confronted by Professor Cuckoo-For-Cocoa-Puffs and Special Agent Sassy-Pants with the entire scenario of how they killed the victim, the suspect admits everything in the obligatory Scooby Doo ending.

The characters are incredibly poorly written to the point of being silly, however, they are likable, albeit cartoonish, and the performances by the actors are fine considering the garbage material they have to work with (although, it is very difficult to take Rachel Leigh Cook seriously as an FBI agent… she looks like she’s 16).

All things considering, though, as mediocre and silly as the show is, it’s not horrible and unwatchable.  It’s just very typical and it’s trying very hard not be and it’s a bit of a shame because the premise seemed to have a lot of potential.  Can the show improve?  Unlikely. The producers and writers seem locked into this safe formula with all the extra junk thrown in for good measure.

Chance of Renewal: 100%

As dopey as this type of show is, audiences eat this generic fare up and it’s a bit of a no-brainer for TNT to renew what is an incredibly inexpensive show to produce (and it’s filmed in Canada, as well dropping the costs that much more), only has a 10-episode summer schedule and is bound to be a ratings boon for the network.  Expect renewal by the halfway point of the season.

Watch compete episodes of Perception, here.