TNT cranks up ‘Saved’

Drama bumps 'Wanted' from cabler's sked

TNT has greenlit the EMT drama “Saved” but nixed plans for a second season of crime hour “Wanted.”

“Saved,” from David Manson (FX’s “Thief”), Fox 21 and Imagine Television, revolves around a paramedic, played by Tom Everett Scott, who’s dealing with a gambling addiction and rocky relationships with his father and ex-girlfriend. TNT has ordered 13 episodes.

Fox 21 and Imagine TV will produce the project. Imagine topper David Nevins will exec produce.

Cabler will launch the show this summer, most likely paired with new episodes of “The Closer,” which stars Kyra Sedgwick as a tough-as-nails interrogator.

TNT execs were looking for a better pairing for the top-rated drama than last year’s lead-out “Wanted,” a crime procedural starring Gary Cole. From Jorge Zamacona and Spelling Television, “Wanted” delivered solid ratings — first season averaged 2.5 million viewers — but wasn’t creatively in sync with the cabler’s growing focus on character-driven drama.

TNT/TBS programming topper Michael Wright described “Saved” as a “character-intensive show — the rescues will be part of the series, but the core will be Wyatt’s relationships …. It’s not 48 minutes of chase and rescues.

“Saved” also reps the first drama pickup for boutique shingle Fox 21. Senior VP Jane Francis had worked with Manson on “Saved,” previously set up at ABC, while she was at 20th Century Fox Television.

Production begins this spring.

Elizabeth Reaser, Michael McMillian, Omari Hardwick and Tracy Vilar also star. Darnell Martin directed the pilot.

Pilot projects still in series contention at TNT include Dean Devlin’s “Talk to Me,” about hostage crisis negotiators, and “Grace,” about a jaded cop and the angel who is helping her turn around her life.

Manson is an exec producer on the FX drama “Thief,” starring Andre Braugher.

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