Turner Entertainment Chief Content Officer and TBS and TNT President Kevin Reilly revealed today at the Turner upfront presentation in New York that a “revolution” is in store for TBS along with an “evolution” for TNT.
“Reilly revealed his initial strategy for the two networks, including plans for a major TBS rebrand, a shift in focus for the TNT slate of original dramas and an increase in the development and production of original content for both networks,” the company said in a press release.
Said Reilly: “We’re on the move in a big way at TNT and TBS. We’re doing a proactive makeover of these networks. We’ll double the number of our original series on TBS and TNT over the next three years. And we’ll sharpen the point of view and be even more adventurous in our programming choices.”
Two new TBS comedy projects were announced as part of the network’s overhaul. The network greenlighted “Wrecked,” an ensemble comedy from up-and-coming writers Justin Shipley and Jordan Shipley and executive producer Jesse Hara, and rolled out plans for the comedy pilot “The Group,” about alien abductees, from executive producer Conan O’Brien and “The Office” producer Greg Daniels.
Among the TNT announcements, the network has slated the atmospheric eight-part drama “The Alienist,” a psychological thriller based on Caleb Carr’s bestseller and set in the gritty world of Gilded Age New York City. Also on tap is “Will,” a series about a young William Shakespeare told in “raucous style” by Craig Pearce, longtime writing partner of filmmaker Baz Lurhmann.
TNT also will roll out “Animal Kingdom,” a family crime drama set in a surf community from executive producers John Wells and Jonathan Lisco.