Upfronts 2013: Turner Announces New Projects for TNT, TBS
Big names developing scripted and unscripted series
Big names developing scripted and unscripted series
Turner Broadcasting, holding its upfront presentation
Wednesday, announced new series coming to its TNT and TBS entertainment
Turner's projects come from high-profile names including Steven Spielberg, Steve Carell, Diablo Cody,
Denis Leary, Sylvester Stallone, Dick Wolf, Nicholas Sparks, Marcia Clark, Dee Johnson, Walt Becker, Jamie Foxx and
"For a decade, we've been beating
the drum the loudest -- that cable is as good as broadcast," said Steve
Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. "Now, our industry has
reached a tipping point. From creative strength to ratings power, cable has emerged
as the leader in television. I'm
proud of the role we've played at TNT and TBS. Today, we're looking toward the
next horizon -- becoming a multiscreen video company serving multiple
Here is a list of new scripted series from TNT, as
described by the network.
This project is the story of a group of
young scientists who, while investigating what they believe to be a haunted
house, stumble upon a portal into the time-space continuum. Things then take a
turn for the worse when one of their own vanishes into the portal.
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Scott
Rosenberg (writer), Jeff Pinkner
(writer), Josh Appelbaum (writer)
and Andre Nemec (writer)
Company/Studio: Amblin Television
This re-imagining of the classic
post-modern Blake Edwards-Craig Stevens' series centers on a gentleman private
eye who is not above getting his bespoke suit and tie dirty, if that's what it
takes to bring down the bad guys, save his hometown and win back the love of
the gal he left behind.
Producers: Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, Julie Andrews,
Lou Pitt, Scott Rosenberg (writer), Jeff
Pinkner (writer), Josh Appelbaum
(writer), Andre Nemec (writer)
- Production Company/Studio:
The Last Cop
Life can seem to pass in the blink of
an eye, but for LAPD cop Mick Branigan it actually did in this project based on
the hit German series. After almost 20 years in a coma, Mick awakens to a
changed world - his loving wife has moved on, his teenage daughter doesn't know
him, and his old police force bears no resemblance to the one he knew in the
Producers: Sylvester Stallone, Kevin King, Mikkel Bondesen, Chris Fedak
(writer) and Kristen Campo (co-executive
Company/Studio: Fuse Entertainment, Fox Television Studios
A Bend in the Road
This character drama
based on Nicholas Sparks' book is set in a resort town. Sheriff Miles Ryan is
known for his keen ability to solve crimes and his deep understanding of the
town's citizens. But what Miles doesn't realize is just how many secrets
are buried beneath the very streets he walks - the most unsettling having to do
with the unsolved murder of his wife.
Producers: Nicholas Sparks, Theresa Park and Brandon Camp (writer)
Company/Studio: Nicholas Sparks
Productions, Warner Horizon
Guilt by Association
Based on the debut novel by Marcia
Clark, lead prosecutor in the O.J. Simpson trial, this project centers on
Rachel Knight, a gutsy Deputy District Attorney in the Special Trials Unit of
the D.A.'s office for L.A. County. She works closely with a tough-as-nails
female LAPD detective named Bailey Keller and a stylish female prosecutor named
Toni LaCollette, both of whom routinely crash at Rachel's place.
Producers: Marcia Clark (writer), Dee Johnson (writer) and Nelson
Based on the title
character from Ross McDonald's popular novels, this project from The Closer
creator James Duff and Close to
Home creator Jim Leonard follows
the sleuth many consider to be "the original P.I."
- Executive Producers: James
Duff, Jim Leonard (writer) and Steve N. White.
Company/Studio: Warner Horizon Television.
This primetime soap focuses on two
rich lovers: Caz, whose father, Jeremy owns Terra Winery, and Daphne, Jeremy's
young wife. When Jeremy announces that he has amended his will to leave them
each 50% of the business, their rivalry gets the better of them. They make a
unique bet to determine who has the best seductive powers.
Producers/Writers: Sara Parriott and
Company/Studio: Prospect Park, NBC
a list of scripted projects for TBS, as described by the network.
Between sexting and house parties,
flashing and crushing on teachers, it's hard to figure out who the kids are and
who the adults are in this half hour comedy
centered on four couples who must navigate the responsibilities of parenthood
while holding on to the last bastions of their youth.
Producers: Walt Becker, Andrew Panay and Brent Golberg (writer)
The brainchild of Steve and Nancy Carell, Tribeca
is a comedy anchored by heroine Angie Tribeca ,a
10-year veteran of the LAPD's elite RHCU (Really Heinous Crimes Unit). The show
explores an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime,
reveal way too much personal information about themselves and refuse to rest
until justice has been served. These dedicated men and women are more than
counter-intuitive; they are non-intuitive.
Producers: Steve Carell and Nancy Carell
Company/Studio: Carousel Television
Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me
Every teenager is embarrassed by
his/her parents. But what if your dad decided to descend upon your life in
every way? Inspired by Jamie Foxx's relationship with his 18-year-old daughter,
this comedy explores the dynamic between a parent and a child and all the
embarrassment that comes with it.
Producers: Jamie Foxx and Jaime King
- Writer: Marsh McCall & Jamie Foxx
Company/Studio: Foxx/King Entertainment
Dream House (working title)
When a young
guy has the chance to buy the house of his dreams, he quickly discovers that
the owner, a seemingly feeble old man, is actually a grifter who manages to
sell the house and become his roommate.
- Executive Producers: Elizabeth Banks
and Max Handelman
- Writers: Dottie Zicklin and Eric
- Production Company/Studio: Warner Horizon Television
Written by the creators of Will & Grace, this ensemble
workplace comedy revolves around an eclectic cast of stylists working in a barbershop in the Boston
suburb of Worcester, Mass.
Producers/Writers: David Kohan
and Max Mutchnick
Company/Studio: KoMut Entertainment
are unscripted series being developed for TNT, as described by the network:
From executive producer Denis Leary, Burn is an action-packed docudrama told through the eyes of Detroit
firefighters, who are charged with the task of saving a city that many have
written off as dead. Burn will take
viewers closer than ever to the fires and the lives of the men and women who
fight them, exploring human struggles, hope and personal courage in the face of
Producers: Denis Leary, Tom Putnam, Brenna Sanchez and Jim
Company/Studio: Apostle Pictures, Inc.
From legendary producer Dick Wolf comes a unique unscripted
format. Each week, two law enforcement officials from diverse backgrounds and
departments immerse themselves in each other's lives and jobs in an effort to
learn something that will make them better officers, partners and citizens of
the law. When all is said and done, the cops reflect on their mutual journeys,
and reveal new perspectives on what it means to protect and serve.
Producers: Dick Wolf, Tom Thayer and Rasha Drachkovitch
Company/Studio: Wolf Films, 44 Blue Productions
From the iconic toy and
game company Hasbro comes the
reality version of the popular game. Eight two-person teams will play a game of
real-world Monopoly with a huge cash
prize at stake. Just like the iconic game, the ultimate goal is to amass as
much property and wealth as possible in this game that requires strategy,
business acumen, people skills and chance.
Producers: Stephen J. Davis, Kevin Belinkoff, Dan Cutforth and Jane
Company/Studio: The Magical Elves, Hasbro Studios
The Big Deal
From the producers of The Biggest
Loser and MasterChef comes the
biggest treasure hunt America has ever seen. Teams of antique and collectible
enthusiasts from across the country compete in an epic scavenger hunt for the
chance to win thousands in cash.
Producers: Eden Gaha and Paul Franklin
Company/Studio: Shine America
The new unscripted shows in development for TBS are as
Me Time with Diablo Cody
Oscar-winner Diablo Cody, the
creator of United States of Tara and Young Adult, brings her signature charm
and style to the screen as host of her own show. Tailored around Diablo's
unique perspective on all things pop culture and told in her very own
tongue-in-cheek way, Me Time with Diablo
Cody will reveal a side of Hollywood and celebs that the public very rarely
gets to see.
- Executive Producers: Mark Cronin, Courtland Cox and Diablo
Company/Studio: 51 Minds
Green Bay, Wis., is
home to the World Famous Green Bay Packers and their fans: The Cheeseheads.
These citizens don't just bleed green and gold; they eat victory for breakfast.
For them, being a Cheesehead is more than just being a fan. It's a way of life.
This show will take viewers into the hilarious subculture through the eyes of a
group of proud Wisconsinites as they navigate life in the only way they know
how - loud, proud and with lots of beer. For these folks, there is no off-season.
Producers: Jason Carbone
Production Company/Studio: Good Clean