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TNT has 14 new shows in the works

by Bob Sassone, posted Mar 4th 2008 1:40PM

TNT logoIt's always intriguing when a cable network has two or three original shows they're working on. But TNT has gone project crazy this year, with a whopping 14 shows in development.

It's an interesting mix of shows too. You have your dramas, including a mystery series set in Boston, based on the novels of Tess Gerritsen; a drama about a family in 1950s Indiana; an espionage drama titled Leverage; a drama from Robert Redford titled Generations, which focuses on several families who have lived in the same house over the decades; and Truth In Advertising, which sounds a lot like a modern-day Mad Men (not that I'm complaining) and stars Eric McCormack, Tom Cavanagh, and Monica Potter. Comedies include a show about a single, middle-aged woman, from Betty Thomas and Elaine Pope.

There's also a new version of Match Game in the works, for TNT's sister station TBS, which we've talked about before, and The Genie Chronicles, which sounds like I Dream Of Jeannie, only it's a bit more serious and has a female reporter finding the lamp (I'm assuming there's a male genie inside). There are also a few reality shows in development at the network, but I'd rather not type those words so you can click on the first link above and read about them.

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I wish they'd just combine the new offerings from TNT and TBS and have a full five day schedule. They're taking it to the networks by moving their upfronts to the same time, they should have a full schedule to be a full contender. These shows sound promising.

March 04 2008 at 8:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think it's a good move too, Law and Order is on most of the day so they could show reruns of their original shows during the week. I'm not really a fan of their current originals either.

March 04 2008 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I'm bummed. I assume this means they're reducing the number of Law & Order reruns they air.

March 04 2008 at 4:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Doesn't Generations sound like The Oaks?

March 04 2008 at 3:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I definitely see American tv moving more towards the British model of fewer episodes of a series per season. Also, it's apparent that many of the top creative minds in tv are now choosing cable over the main networks-not that you can blame them. Cable offers them more artistic freedom and the threat of cancellation is not as strong due to lowered ratings expectations.

However, I'm wondering if TNT isn't biting off a little more than they can chew. A glut of original series could water down the audiences that would normally tune in for first-run series.

March 04 2008 at 2:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Sounds like TNT has more scripted programming in development for next season than all of the broadcast networks do, put together. I'll vote with my TiVo. My only regret is that the cable networks are usually even worse about the expanded bugs and animated promos at the bottom of the screen than the broadcast networks.

March 04 2008 at 2:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Jeff N.

They certainly have more than NBC, which has turned to reality shows and Game shows more than ever. TNT could replace NBC as one of the major networks. Ha!

March 04 2008 at 3:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think more networks need to do this. Come up with a lot of shows and give them 13 episodes and see if any of them become huge hits. There is enough time to do this year round, and keep the shows that do well and ditch the ones that don't. Even if 75% of these shows fail TNT will still have 3-4 new "hit" shows, that is more than NBC has. ;)

March 04 2008 at 2:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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