It will be another busy summer for TNT, which on Thursday announced a lineup that features 10 original series for a second straight year.
The young slate features three new series that will bow during the warm-weather months — “Proof,” “Public Morals” and “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes” — as well as three dramas returning for a second season. The Turner network will also be saying goodbye to veteran “Falling Skies.”
TNT’s summer gets under way on Monday, June 8, with the season-four premiere of Mary McDonnell-fronted drama “Major Crimes” and the season-two bow of “Murder in the First” — two shows that were also paired on Monday a year ago. “Murder,” from Steven Bochco and starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, will again focus on a single murder investigation throughout the course of the season.
“Rizzoli & Isles,” cable’s most-watched series last summer, returns for its sixth season on Tuesday, June 16. It will be followed at 10 p.m. by new series “Proof,” in which a brilliant surgeon (Jennifer Beals) seeks to learn if death truly is the end, or if there’s something else beyond. Matthew Modine, David Sutcliffe and Joe Morton also star.
The series is produced by TNT, with Kyra Sedgwick, Rob Bragin, Tom Jacobson, Jill Littman and Alex Graves serving as executive producers.
The Sunday tandem of “The Last Ship” and “Falling Skies” returns in late June, with the former bowing with a two-hour episode on June 21 and the latter premiering its fifth and final season the following week. “Last Ship” was last summer’s No. 1 new series in both adults 25-54 (6.9 million viewers) and adults 25-54 (2.7 million), according to Nielsen Live+7 estimates.
TNT is making a Friday push this summer, pairing real-life crime series “Cold Justice” (at 8 p.m.) with spinoff “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes” at 9. Both shows from Wolf Reality and Magical Elves bow July 31.
In “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes,” former Texas prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O’Neill travel to small towns around the country to help local law enforcement close cases that have sat dormant for years. Dick Wolf, Dan Cutforth & Jane Lipsitz and Tom Thayer serve as executive producers on “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes,” with “Cold Justice” expert Kelly Siegler also serving as an executive producer on the new show.
The last two TNT series to bow come in the back half of August, with newcomer “Public Morals” taking over the “Major Crimes” slot on Monday, Aug. 17, and Sean Bean-fronted “Legends” kicking off its second season on Tuesdays at 10 starting Aug. 25, replacing “Proof.”
“Public Morals,” written and directed by Edward Burns (who also stars), takes viewers to the seedy, gritty streets and the bright, seductive lights of 1960s New York. Michael Rapaport and Elizabeth Masucci co-star. “Morals” is produced in collaboration with Amblin Television and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank, the team behind “Falling Skies.” Also serving as executive producer is Aaron Lubin.
As announced previously, dramas “Dallas,” “Franklin & Bash” and “Perception” — all of which aired last summer on TNT — have been canceled.
TNT SUMMER PREMIERE DATES
Monday, June 8 — “Major Crimes” (9 p.m.) and “Murder in the First” (10 p.m.)
Tuesday, June 16 — “Rizzoli & Isles” (9 p.m.) and “Proof” (10 p.m.)
Sunday, June 21 — “The Last Ship” (9 p.m.)
Sunday, June 28 — “Falling Skies” (10 p.m.)
Friday, July 31 — “Cold Justice” (8 p.m.) and “Cold Justice: Sex Crimes” (9 p.m.)
Monday, Aug. 17 — “Public Morals” (9 p.m.)
Tuesday, Aug. 25 — “Legends” (10 p.m.)