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…For Release: March 15, 2012
TNT Announces 2012 Summer Premiere Dates
Lineup Includes Five Returning Hits, Four New Series
And a Fond Farewell to One of Cable's Biggest Hits of All Time
The drama is back in full force this summer as TNT unveils the premiere dates for its slate of outstanding original series. Rizzoli & Isles, Falling Skies, Leverage and Franklin & Bash are among the hit series set to return this summer. They will be joined by four brand new series: Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes and the unscripted competition show The Great Escape. Certain to be one of the summer's biggest programming events, fans will also bid a fond farewell to The Closer as the blockbuster drama series wraps up its extraordinary seven-season run with six final episodes.
"Each show in TNT's summer lineup entertains in its own unique voice, but together these drama series are designed to appeal to viewers who want to be taken on a great ride," said Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Whether it's a clever procedural, an action-adventure drama, or a sweeping family saga, the dramas on TNT all have that popcorn sensibility. They’re meant for viewers who crave smart storytelling and engaging characters, and who above all else simply want to pull up a seat and have a good time.”
The following is TNT's summer schedule, including series premiere dates. Hi-res photos are available for download from TNT's online pressroom at
Rizzoli & Isles
• Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 3: 10 summer episodes
For the past two summers, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have proven that two heads are better than one in this drama series based on the crime novels by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. As Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.
Franklin & Bash
• Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 2: 10 episodes
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer star in this light-hearted legal drama as two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers working for a button-down law firm. Malcolm McDowell plays the firm's wonderfully eccentric patriarch. Also starring are Garcelle Beauvais, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani and Reed Diamond.
• New Series, Two-Hour Series Premiere: Wednesday, June 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 1: 10 episodes
This summer, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their famous characters as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Dallas also stars Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, with premiere episode writer Cynthia Cidre and director Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers. It was developed by Cidre and created by David Jacobs.
Falling Skies
• Two-Hour Season Premiere: Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 2: 10 episodes
The wait is nearly over as basic cable's #1 new series of 2011 returns to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star.
The Great Escape
• New Series Premiere: Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 1: 10 episodes
This fast-paced, nail-biting competition series drops ordinary people into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie. Each week, Rich Eisen (NFL Total Access) hosts as teams of competitors try to find their way out of seemingly impossible situations for a chance to take home a cash prize. The series, from Fox Television Studios, is executive-produced by the Oscar®-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, as well as the Emmy-winning producers of The Amazing Race, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri. The series is created and executive produced by Justin W. Hochberg (The Apprentice) and Charlie Ebersol (The Wanted).
The Closer
• Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 7: Six final episodes
TNT’s record-breaking series returns one last time to bring its extraordinary seven-year run to an end. Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions. Mary McDonnell, who will continue her role as Captain Sharon Raydor in TNT's upcoming series Major Crimes, also stars.
• New Series Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 1: 10 episodes
Drama fans are about to meet one of the most unique crime solvers on television when TNT premieres this fascinating new series about an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce's mind may be brilliant, it's also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Perception also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan. Produced by ABC Studios, the series was created by executive producer Ken Biller and co-executive producer Mike Sussman, with McCormack serving as producer.
• Season Premiere: Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 5: 10 summer episodes
Television’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are back in the fifth season of this fast-paced, light-hearted caper series from blockbuster executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton stars, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.
Major Crimes
• New Series Premiere: Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following The Closer finale
• Regular Timeslot: Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
• Season 1: 10 episodes
This all-new drama series is ready to take television's favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell will continue her role from The Closer as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor. Major Crimes will focus on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Joining McDonnell are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, with guest appearances by Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. New cast members include Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile and Kearran Giovanni as an ambitious undercover detective. Major Crimes is produced by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television, with The Closer's James Duff, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin serving as executive producers.…


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  • March 15, 2012, 5:10 p.m. CST

    Did anyone stick with Falling Skies the whole season?

    by Bass Ackwards

    I didn't hate it, but I got bored with it and ended up forgetting about it after the third or fourth episode, not consciously abandoning it (like I've done with Walking Dead), just not caring enough to remember to check in with it. I just assumed it didn't get renewed, surprised to hear it'll be back for a second season. Wondering if it ever improved. Anyone here who stuck with it that would recommend revisiting it and giving it another shot?

  • March 15, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I stuck with it

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    I would say you could watch the last 2 or 3 episodes and be caught up enough to know basically what's going on, and with that be able to decide whether you want to keep going. What's interesting is that the Season Finale really forces them into an interesting position. Without spoiling it, I'll just say that it cuts off a lot of options and they'll either have to go really bleak or really hopeful.

  • March 15, 2012, 6:20 p.m. CST

    Don't like the aliens in Dark Skies.

    by ShadowVision

    I watched one episode and was turned off by the look of the aliens. Reminded me too much of the type of aliens you would see on the newer Twilight Zone series. You could suspend your belief for one-shot episodes, but a whole series is asking a lot.

  • March 15, 2012, 6:22 p.m. CST

    The Closer/Major Crimes

    by Captain Dobie

    Does the absence of two key cast members from that list of returning actors transitioning from The Closer to Major Crimes constitute a major spoiler for those last 6 episodes?

  • March 15, 2012, 6:43 p.m. CST

    Falling Skies

    by David Hinson

    I actually liked it. Then again, I watched them on my iPad back to back. Maybe that made a difference. I thought the series got better as time went on. I look forward to it. I thought I would hate Noah Wyle, I didnt. Not at all. Quite the opposite actually.

  • March 15, 2012, 7:03 p.m. CST

    Lika-do-the-cha-cha and Noah Wyle, sitting in a tree...

    by Thomas

    I apologise. That was uncalled for.

  • March 15, 2012, 7:12 p.m. CST

    I watch Falling Skies for one reason, and one reason only.

    by gotilk

    And her name is Moon.

  • March 15, 2012, 7:14 p.m. CST

    Leverage really, really improved, too.

    by gotilk

    The writing is where it's at. Some of the cast is annoying, but I really do like most of the characters. I would call it a guilty pleasure.

  • March 15, 2012, 7:51 p.m. CST

    Dallas airing on Wednesdays, and NOT Friday nights, doesn't seem right

    by BoyNamedSue

    Dallas had the 9 p.m. FRIDAY time slot on CBS for almost its entire 13-year run on CBS. Even the two CBS reunion films aired on Friday nights. It almost would seem like going against tradition to air it any other night of the week!

  • March 15, 2012, 8:07 p.m. CST

    I stuck with Falling Skies

    by FrodoFraggins

    Like True Blood, it benefits from having little to no competition in the summer. I like that they have gone in directions most shows are too afraid of. Namely showing aliens non humanoid aliens.

  • March 15, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    falling skies.

    by rakesh patel

    i watched all of them, actually kinda enjoyed them it's inoffensive tv, it had had a fairly decent season finale. I think it the thing is its family probably more like the original v series then anything else. Its Spielberg, so not gritty. Expect your moral dilemma of the week. Any decent sci-fi is better then none. i wouldn't have been devastated if it had been cancelled, but it's not, so I'm looking forward to the new season.. who knows it could evolve into something really good

  • March 15, 2012, 8:46 p.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Yeah it could evolve. It did that Spielberg family-oriented-sci-fi thing SO much better than Terra Nova did. It's so hard to do family-friendly sci-fi (heck, even drama really) without being goofy or schmaltzy. Falling Skies does it better than many. In some cases, especially if you sense that the goofiness is somewhat intentional, it can still work. (see: Doctor Who, a series that embraces its silly side and we love it for doing so) But when the goofiness is unintentional or careless (Terra Nova) it fails. But I honestly am puzzled by Spielberg's desire to keep trying this formula over and over, after failing over and over. Odd. I think if Spielberg did a sci-fi series for HBO and took the gloves off, he'd have a huge hit. Especially if he was as hands-on as he was with the WW2 series'. I get the feeling that many of these shows are Spielberg in name only.

  • March 15, 2012, 8:59 p.m. CST

    So Memphis won't be back...

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    That's a shame. Nothing like a crime fighting Elvis wannabe as played by Jason Lee.

  • March 15, 2012, 9:26 p.m. CST

    I started watching Dallas because it came on after the Hulk

    by cookylamoo

    Then I got hooked.

  • March 15, 2012, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Falling Skies Was Good....

    by Just

    ....not great, but worth watching. I'm looking forward to season 2.

  • To People Younger than 25 Years old it might be hard to Fully Understand The Total Impact of DALLAS(1978-1991) However I Promise You Between The Years 1980(When Who Shot J.R. Happened) and 1983, DALLAS CONQUERED THE WORLD! I can't wait for The Next Generation Verison of Dallas which is a Continuation of The Original Dallas(The Best Choice That could have been made) and it will be Truly Amazing for a Modren Day Television Series that is Actually WORTH WATCHING Again!!

  • March 15, 2012, 9:46 p.m. CST

    Falling Skies

    by s0l

    I quite liked it. It was a lot better than "Terra(ble) Nova" Can't wait to see how they start Season 2 after that Season 1 ending...

  • Very nice!

  • March 15, 2012, 10:43 p.m. CST

    Falling Skies

    by Truxton Spangler

    I stuck with it. It's not a must-watch program, but did get somewhat intriguing by the end. The best comparison I can make it is that, like Jericho, you start out wondering why you're watching this mediocre show, then get sucked into the story enough to keep watching, if only to find out what happens. That works to offset the sappier and what-were-they-thinking moments. A lot of these basic cable series are successful because they're watchable and keep both their, and the viewers, expectations in check. They don't promise more than they can deliver (Terra Nova, Alcatraz, etc.). And the dearth of new programming in the Summer no doubt helps as well.

  • March 15, 2012, 10:57 p.m. CST

    I really enjoyed Falling Skies

    by room23storeblogspotcom

    It was nice to have a decent Sci-Fi show in a desert of horrible summer reality shows. I really liked it.

  • March 15, 2012, 11:19 p.m. CST

    M-O-O-N, that spells Moon Bloodgood

    by Nasty In The Pasty

  • March 15, 2012, 11:40 p.m. CST

    Cannot wait for Dallas !!! Yes !!

    by James

    Bring on Dallas !!!

  • I wouldn't even call it a guilty pleasure. I just really like the show.

  • March 16, 2012, 6:09 a.m. CST

    Dallas focusing on the kids is missing the point

    by chien_sale

    It always worked because it was adult melodrama. Nobody wants to watch annoying teen angst again.

  • March 16, 2012, 6:15 a.m. CST

    I stuck with Falling Skies

    by theGoldbergV

    Not really sure why but it certainly got better as it went on. The cliffhanger was pretty good and the reveal of the *real* alien baddies was cool too. Plus it has Moon

  • March 16, 2012, 6:21 a.m. CST


    by rakesh patel

    Spielberg plays to his strengths right which is that family fare stuff. he's done it so long hes comfortable with it. which i think is why he brings in others to bounce new ideas off. funny, when he breaks from his usual stuff he gets oscars! If Terra nova had been gritty from the start it would have survived. Not saying that this show is gritty.. it's more gritty-lite for example the character Colin Cunningham ( major davies in scg) plays is a bad guy from the start right. his brother had been raping that Margaret character ( which is why she killed him) he's a bad man. next thing you know he's cooking breakfast for these guys, making ammo and telling little kids " hey kid your old man thinks im a bad guy, ya better stay away from me." he's merle dixon lite. I'm not going on a hate mode for this show. it has its flaws, but from the get go it's not pretending to be something its not.. which is why i and i suspect a lot of others can watch it effortlessly. As i said, the potential is there for it to be fricking awesome, wether the writers and producers decide to notch it up a level.. its up to them.

  • March 16, 2012, 6:27 a.m. CST

    Moon Goodblood

    by rakesh patel

    gets a pass for life from me, because of journeyman. daybreak was great. but journeyman.. that loss still fucking hurts man!

  • March 16, 2012, 6:28 a.m. CST


    by rakesh patel

    you know what i meant. // hows that site revamp update working out with edit functions eh?

  • March 16, 2012, 6:47 a.m. CST


    by rakesh patel

    back in the day, the whole family used to sit in front of the tv, as a little kid i was essentially the remote control and had to flick between the 3 channels we had in the uk. (pretty sure this was before channel 4) Anyhow the whole family watched, even my grandmother who couldn't speak a word of English. mesmerised by rich people, having affairs, becoming alcoholics, the ewings living under one roof, their battles with cliff barnes, and those good old bust ups at the annual oil barons ball. you could not beilve the coverage of who killed jr. the world was a bigger place then, no spoilers, no internet, we had to wait months to find out. Those days are gone now. We don't sit down together and watch, we have more then 3 channels and more things to do. Watching rich peoples problems in this day and age of austerity seems kinda bizzare. You don't know how you're gonna survive on $100 million 'after the divorce!?!?! uh I'm wondering how im gonna feed my kids!.. real world problems. Honestly i think people kinda got bored of it after bobbys death and shower resurrection, like dynasty it had run its course. I'm not sure who the audience will be, i'm all for nostalgia, but i reckon 'm gonna give this a pass. Linda Gray still looks fucking awesome.

  • March 16, 2012, 6:55 a.m. CST

    Chine_sale: The Dallas kids are in their 30s now

    by BoyNamedSue

    So they are now older than Bobby was when Dallas started 34 years ago.

  • March 16, 2012, 7:26 a.m. CST

    Moon Bloodgood?

    by SquirrelZero

    I don't understand the fascination. She's moderately attractive, but I wouldn't say "hot"... You can tell she's really only about two years away from hitting the wall HARD. That being said, I enjoyed FS. I was considering dumping it after the first couple episodes because I just didn't seem to care about most of the characters, but the father/son dynamic eventually got to me, and I'm glad I stuck with it.

  • March 16, 2012, 8:33 a.m. CST


    by rakesh patel

    cool story bro, tell us again of your high standards and dating supermodels

  • March 16, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST


    by SquirrelZero

    Why is it that whenever someone makes a comment about not being attracted to a celebrity, the immediate childish internet response is to call them out for not dating a supermodel? Is that the first thing they teach you in Introduction to Internet Forums 101? Sorry dude, I don't find her hot.

  • March 16, 2012, 9:12 a.m. CST

    So Major Crimes is just the Closer withouth the Closer

    by Wcwlkr

    Is it just me or is that pretty much what that synopsis implied. Sounds like the Closer just gets offed. Plus this also reminds me of the premise behind the very short lived Law & Order Trial by Jury. Which was supposed to show the art of the deal as it were from bother perspectives.

  • March 16, 2012, 9:31 a.m. CST

    It would be interesting If John Ross was the good guy....

    by cookylamoo

    And Bobby's son was evil.

  • March 16, 2012, 9:34 a.m. CST

    @Dobie the closer

    by IamHERE

    The fact that the main character is gone is not a spoiler. Kyra Sedgewick doesnt want to continue her role so the show is... closing- get it! Anywho, but you have a great cast and awesome chemistry so they are moving on with a new angle. So no spoiler there. Anyone who watches the show knows about it.

  • March 16, 2012, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Men of a Certain Age should have been on that list

    by memento108

    Go fuck yourselves, was better than any of those shows.

  • March 16, 2012, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Falling Skies is PERFECT for Sunday nights in the Summertime.

    by KazamaSmokers

    I don't expect groundbreaking, challenging, deep TV... I just want to be entertained in a way that allows me to sip on a cold beer and veg out for a bit. It is unparalleled in accomplishing that. "Falling Skies" knows exactly what it wants to be and I am fine with that.

  • March 16, 2012, 10:50 a.m. CST

    DALLAS ruled the world back then indeed! And that was rightful!

    by wtriker1701

    Yes, their decline came after Bobby's ressurection - probably not because of his coming back (it was a shame he left dallas in the first place), but simultanously they produced the show on video format, moving away from celluloid. That was some kind of heartbreaker for show with dark humor, everlasting feuds, witty banters and - a sharp picture. With changing to video they softened J.R. character, also, it seemed. But nonetheless: I'll welcome Dallas back into my heart... Back then, when the rumours started, Bobby's coming back, I actually WAS in Oregon (me, living back then in Bremen, now Platjenwerbe) and was visiting a beautiful girl named Jamie. And in her home I saw the the TV Guide front cover with Patrick Duffy - and they said, he would return - as his evil twin brother... shortly laughing then concentrated on the girl again...

  • March 16, 2012, 12:46 p.m. CST

    Not bad...I like it

    by NzYme

    I actually watched every episode of Falling Skies and liked it quite a bit. I agree with Kazamasmokers about it's summertime run. Fits in perfectly for my schedule. Takes me right up until the NFL season starts :)

  • March 16, 2012, 1:42 p.m. CST

    re: "the unscripted competition show The Great Escape"

    by jim

    Will there be a "jump the barbed-wire fence with a motorcycle" challenge? Will the losers be trucked out to a field and shot en-masse?

  • March 16, 2012, 3:46 p.m. CST

    I watched every episode of Falling Skies....

    by Jaster Mareel

    And I should get a fucking medal for it. It mostly sucked, with some glimmers of potential coolness. It certainly felt like every alien invasion film/show I'd ever seen before. Especially the things that hook into children's brains. I've seen that so goddamn many times. Even the aliens looked pretty derivative of ID4, and they even completely recreated the mind-control scene from that film with a captured alien. I remember thinking "Oh you've got to be fucking kidding me." Just when you think Spielberg is too good to steal, and steal from SHIT no less! I'm actually pretty shocked it's getting a second season. They must have something pretty spectacular planned because I'm still pissed Surface got cancelled after one season because that built to total fucking awesomeness for the final episode. Not to mention Space: Above and Beyond and plenty of other great sci fi shows.

  • March 17, 2012, 1:56 a.m. CST

    Fuck TNT for cancelling Memphis Beat.

    by F-18

    The second season was an improvement over the first.

  • The show was schmaltzy Spielberg pastiche, even V was better than this and V was dumb!

  • March 17, 2012, 6:41 a.m. CST

    Moon Bloodgood XXX, Journeyman cancellation still hurts!

    by CeejayNightwing

    Also loved watching her get up in the morning in those skimpy underwear for every episode of Daybreak.

  • March 18, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST

    Ah the Friday Night Block

    by paulloch

    I think you got it wrong, Dukes of Hazzard followed the HULK, and then Dallas. An unstoppable three hours for four years. When Friday night was the most watched night on TV. How times have changed. HULK and Dukes were remade with mixed results. I think Dallas could actually be better with the lack of network restrictions on cable TV.

  • As hard as it is to Believe now Between 1978 and 1982, Yes FRIDAY NIGHT on CBS was The HOTTEST Day of The Week on Television. I have MANY Happy Memories of The CBS Friday Night Block! The Late 70s and Early 80s were Good Times if You were a Kid!