TNT is working with “Blade Runner” director Ridley Scott to develop a night of original science-fiction programming, one of a number of initiatives the cable network announced today.
“We’re looking to create a programming block filled with the kind of imaginative, awe-inspiring storytelling that has made science-fiction such a beloved and enduring genre,” said Sarah Aubrey, executive vice president of original programming for TNT. “Ridley Scott has created some of the best and most popular science-fiction movies of all time, and we look forward to bringing his fans even more of his smart, sophisticated stories.”
Initial plans call for the block to serve as a showcase for hour-long series, short-form programs and other formats to be developed in collaboration with Scott, the network noted. The slate is being produced by Scott’s Scott Free Productions in association with Turner’s Studio T, with Scott and David W. Zucker (“The Good Wife,” “The Man in the High Castle”) as executive producers and Jordan Sheehan (“The Good Fight,” “The Terror”) and Clayton Krueger (“JCVJ,” “Mercy Street”) as co-executive producers.
Also getting a green light from TNT is the new non-fiction series “Michael Moore Live from the Apocalypse” (working title), which is set to premiere in the late fall.
“The series will pull back the curtain on everything from Washington politics to Wall Street shenanigans,” TNT says in its announcement. “Moore will direct and star in the series, as well as executive-produce with frequent collaborator and Oscar-nominee Meghan O’Hara (‘SiCKO’). Veteran producer Nick McKinney (‘The Daily Show,’ ’30 Days’) will produce.”
TNT also greenlighted the new docu-series “Who Run the World?” (working title), from executive producers Sarah Jessica Parker, Morgan Spurlock & Refinery29.
The series, which is slated to premiere later this year, focuses on women’s issues.