TNT Announces Summer Premiere Dates for 'Falling Skies', 'Rizzoli & Isles','Major Crimes' & More

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March 21st, 2013


via press release:

TNT 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 Skies, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception 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

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

Dwayne “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 Silverman, Chris 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 (Survivor, Fashion Star, TBS’s King of the Nerds), along with Wachter (Fashion Star, Food Revolution) and Electus’ Silverman (Fashion Star, The Biggest Loser, The Office).

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

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.

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  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)

Basic 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 Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star. In the third season of Falling Skies, Gloria 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 Frank. Remi Aubuchon and Greg Beeman also serve as executive producers.

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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)

Television’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. Television. James Duff, Greer Shephard, Rick Wallace and Michael M. Robin serve as executive producers.

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

This 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 Studios. Shane 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.

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

One 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 Bracco, Lee Thompson Young, Bruce McGill, Jordan Bridges and Brian Goodman. Developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro and developed characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & 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.

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

This 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 Smith, Kelly Rowan and LeVar Burton. In addition, season two will feature special guest star Scott Wolf (Party of Five, V, Everwood) 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.

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

This 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 Diamond, Dana Davis and Kumail Nanjiani. Franklin & Bash is produced by Four Sycamore Productions, Left Coast Productions and FanFare Productions in association with Sony Pictures Television. Jamie Tarses, Kevin Falls, Matthew McGuinness and Bill Chais serve as executive producers.

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

TNT’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 of Cold Justice, which comes to the network from Wolf Films and Magical Elves. Cold Justice is executive-produced by Emmy® winners Dick Wolf (Law & Order, Chicago Fire), Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz (Top Chef, Fashion Star), Tom Thayer (Hitchcock, Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) and Kathryn Vaughan (Extreme Makeover: Home Edition).

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 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 & Isles, Falling Skies, Dallas, Major Crimes, Perception, Franklin & 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 Castle, The Mentalist, Bones 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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  • cheryl

    Excited to see some quality summer shows

  • RJ

    A lot of unscripted crap.

  • Brandojames

    Wow F & B on a new night without Rizzoli and Isles.

  • Richard Steven Hack

    King and Maxwell might be worth checking out, for Rebecca if no other reason. :-)

    Looking forward to the return of Rizzoli and Isles.

    Falling Skies – the Rat King? Seriously? The show is mostly crap with a ludicrous premise. Hopefully it will get worse this year, collapse in the ratings and be canceled. of course, I’ll still watch it for Moon Bloodgood at least and especially Sarah Carter. Colin Cunningham is the best character on the show, too. Everyone else is forgettable except Sarah. :-)

  • John A

    Nothing on this network worth watching but Southland and Dallas and Southland will be canned so just Dallas left.

  • Walt

    @Richard Loser Hack, So you’re using your free time to dump on a show full of great actors who are more famous than you’ll ever be? You sad weirdo. Also, you watch Rizzoli and Isles? Ha. Nice taste, freak.

  • The End


    Calm down, he’s entitled to his opinion, even if you don’t agree with it. We’l get a 4th Season of Falling Skies regardless of what he wants :)

  • Densino

    Falling Skies and Major Crimes only thing worth watching on TNT
    Dallas is truly god awful and the fact that it is collapsing in the ratings shows that.

    Heck, season 2 got moved to late night here in the uk cause it tanked so hard at 9pm


  • Billiam

    Well, with TNT moving toward the unscripted cheaper shows, we may not get renewals of scripted shows that are declining. Whatever happened to “We know Drama”? Oj, just like Syfy who is moving more toward the cheaper unscripted shows, TNT will still say the unscripted shows are still drama…just as Syfy claims they are still SciFi… It’s all about $$$ and there are plenty of people out there who don’t want to have to think too hard when they watch TV… So, they become like Zombies and turn on the reality TV. I mean, if you have to think about the plot to a show, that’s, like, work, right? TV is becoming like elections in this country. People just want to push buttons and not have to actually think very much.

  • The End

    @Heck, season 2 got moved to late night here in the uk cause it tanked so hard at 9pm

    The international performance will have no bearing on TNTs decision to renew the show.

    @Dallas is truly god awful and the fact that it is collapsing in the ratings shows that.

    Although you’re entitled to your opinion. Dallas hasn’t collapsed in the ratings, it’s quite stable now. The first 9 episodes have been as stable as stable can be, although the numbers aren’t fantastic, the show has consistently performed on its timeslot for TNT. And I personally believe that Season 3 is all but locked in for the show.

  • silvit

    Boy, what a weak corp of shows. My hair got grey only by reading the premises of them. I guess F&B will be canceled. Just the air date suggests that.

    The schedule in general seems very erratic. TNT getting progressively worse. ;-)

    I wonder how many of these shows will survive. Not more than two in my opinion.

  • Michael1

    Wait, Kate’s been married this whole time? I guess I wasn’t watching “Perception” closely enough. Can’t wait for June 18.

  • outlawz

    Falling Skies ….. finely

  • Dillan

    Very excited for Falling Skies!

  • Marie

    I love the show Dallas its Why I watch TNT and I think it should get a season 3 and more .

  • Melanie P.

    Hope Dallas gets a season 3 also and can’t wait for Rizzoli and Isles.

  • Doug in CA

    72 Hours looks interesting.

  • Dan W

    Really hope that TNT renews Dallas for a 3rd season! I think the show is really good and the numbers are stable and decent for cable TV. I bet numbers would go up if they aired the 3rd season in the summer like they did the 1st season because there is less competition in the summer than there currently is in Dallas’ time slot.

  • Cyrax86

    Only 1 new drama? F&B and Falling Skies airing alone on their nights? Not very exciting…

  • david

    I am looking forward to Percepthion again. Interesting they are pairing it with R and I this summer. I wonder if they are compatable with each other.

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