Lineup will give TNT a two-hour block of dramas on Monday through Wednesday nights — a three-night strategy that has long been a goal of the Turner cabler.
TNT’s summer kicks off June 8 with the fifth-season return of hit “The Closer” in its regular Monday 9 p.m. slot, followed by sophomore entry “Raising the Bar” at 10. It’s a plum slot for “Bar,” which opened big in season one but quickly settled to so-so numbers.
Both “Grace” and “Hawthorne” center on strong women set in Southern environs. The Oklahoma City-set “Grace,” starring Holly Hunter, will run at 10 p.m., leading out of “Hawthorne,” which stars Jada Pinkett Smith as a single mom and the director of nursing at a North Carolina hospital. John Masius is behind “Hawthorne,” which comes from Sony Pictures TV.
Then on Wednesdays starting July 15, the second season of heist drama “Leverage” will run at 9 p.m., into the new Jerry Bruckheimer cop entry “Dark Blue.” Project, also from Warner Horizon TV and scribe Doug Jung, centers on undercover LAPD cops.