TNT outlined plans for its 2011-12 season today at its upfront presentation in New York, and offered a first glance at one of its new shows, the hotly anticipated “Falling Skies.” The show comes from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, and stars Noah Wyle. Here’s a peek:
TNT also confirmed that it is picking up the lawyer drama “Franklin & Bash” from Sony Pictures Television.
The network revealed that it is bringing back seven hit series, including the top-rated show in basic cable, “Rizzoli & Isles,” “The Closer” and the Peabody Award-winning “Men of a Certain Age.” Other returning shows are “Leverage,” “HawthoRNe,” “Memphis Beat” and “Southland.”
For 2012, TNT ordered “Perception” from ABC Studios, starring Eric McCormack (“Will & Grace”) as a neuroscientist who works on solving complex criminal cases.
In a statement, Michael Wright, executive VP and head of programming for TNT, TBS and TCM, said: “We understand that exceptional programming comes from working with exceptional talent. We hire the best actors, actresses, writers, producers and directors in the business, give them a clear creative target and then try to get out of their way and let them make terrific television.”