TNT, TBS Take Wraps Off Development Slates

May 16, 2012  •  Post A Comment

TNT and TBS previewed their wide-reaching development slates today, with projects involving everyone from Steven Bochco to Norm MacDonald and Tom Clancy to Matthew McConaughey, Deadline.com reports.

TNT’s development lineup includes “two drama projects originally set up at the broadcast networks this past season, David Baldacci/Shane Brennan’s ‘King And Maxwell,’ which was at CBS, and Howard Gordon/Jeffrey Nachmanoff’s ‘Legends,’ which was at NBC,” the story reports. “It also features an competition reality project from Matthew McConaughey and ‘American Idol’ executive producer Nigel Lythgoe searching for the best unsigned bar band.”

TNT also has an untitled Steven Bochco murder mystery project in development, along with “Tom Clancy’s Homeland Security.”

TNT plans a network record nine original series for this summer, the story reports. Among them: the revival of “Dallas” and TNT’s first reality-competition series, “The Great Escape.” Two other unscripted shows, “Boston Blue” and “72 Hours,” have also received the go-ahead, along with the medical drama “Monday Mornings.”

The report adds: “TBS’s original series are being developed to be compatible with the cable network’s two marquee off-network acquisitions, ‘The Big Bang Theory’ and ‘Family Guy.’ Coming down the pike from the first group are the upcoming comedy series ‘Men at Work,’ ‘Sullivan & Son,’ ‘Wedding Band’ and the recently picked up ‘Cougar Town.’”

Also in the works for TBS are the recently greenlighted “Deon Cole’s Black Box” and “Who Gets the Last Laugh?,” along with a competition show with the working title “King of the Nerds.” On the development slate are two comedies from Conan O’Brien’s production company and a talk show hosted by Norm MacDonald that will focus on pop culture and social media, the story reports.


  1. Wish TNT would have picked up Unforgettable since CBS cancelled it. It won it’s time slot every week.

  2. I am so glad Dallas is coming back. Maybe Bobby and Sue Ellen will get stranded somewhere and hook up. Also, Jon Ross might be revealed as Cliff Barnes’ biological son…that would really be a twist…whatever happens, the show needs to be a little juicier…it’ll be tough to fill the void left by one of the greatest actors of all-time, Larry Hagman…who playEd one of the greatest characters of all-time in JR.

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