For Turner, big names and big plans
Steven Spielberg, Jerry Bruckheimer, more work with TNT and TBS
May 16, 2013
Turner Networks touted its large development slate, including 12 new shows on tap for TNT in the next year and eight for TBS, and the large number of well-known names the two networks are collaborating with during today’s upfront presentation.
That includes Steven Spielberg, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay, Frank Darabont, Elizabeth Banks, Howie Mandel and Conan O’Brien.
Turner also continued to downplay the differences between broadcast and cable, an argument it’s been making for a decade and that prompted the company to start doing its upfront presentation the same week as the broadcasters a few years back.
Turner also announced what may turn out to be the trend of the coming year, a new service that will stream the content of its networks 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
That came a day after ABC introduced a limited rollout of a similar streaming offering. But ABC’s will be available only in certain markets, as it will stream individual stations.
Turner’s Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps will be available to any cable, satellite or telecom customer who authenticates their subscription to the network.
It’s part of the TV Everywhere initiative that’s been ongoing across the TV industry as viewers continue to consume media in non-traditional ways – on their computers, on their smartphones and on their tablets.
As for the new shows, TNT has three slated to premiere next month: Johnson’s reality show “The Hero,” race-against-the-clock competition “72 Hours” and crime drama “King & Maxwell,” with Rebecca Romijn.
Darabont, a former showrunner on “The Walking Dead,” has his latest, “Lost Angels,” slated to premiere late this year, along with “S.O.B. (Save Our Business),” an entrepreneurial reality series and “Marshal Law: Texas,” Bruckheimer’s unscripted procedural.
Next year will bring Bay’s “Last Ship” and “Legends” (from “Homeland’s” Howard Gordon), both scripted series. And unscripted shows “Inside Job,” “Life Flight” and “Nashville Confidential” will roll out next year as well.
Shows in development include “Portal House,” from Spielberg, about scientists investigating a haunted house that turns out to have a time-space portal; a Sylvester Stallone cop drama, “The Last Cop;” a game show based on Monopoly; and “Bend in the Road,” based on a Nicholas Sparks novel.
TBS will have eight new shows premiering in the coming year, including three this summer: “Who Gets the Last Laugh,” “Dean Cole’s Black Box” and hidden camera show “Deal With It,” produced by Mandel.
Mark Burnett’s “Trust Me, I’m a Game Show Host” and a new Pete Holmes-hosted late-night show will bow later in the year.
And the new series “Bam’s Bad Ass Game Show” with “Jackass’s” Bam Magera, Bill Lawrence’s “Ground Floor” and “The Cee Lo Life” starring Cee Lo Green will debut next year.
TBS shows in development include “Me Time with Diablo Cody,” starring the writer of “Juno;” Elizabeth Banks’ “Dream House;” and Jamie Foxx’s “Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me.”
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