Sunday, November 21, 2010

TNT Winter Highlights: The Closer, Southland, Men of Certain Age, and More!

Here’s a press release from TNT outlining the shows coming up for their winter season - mark your calendars!

press release from TNT
Winter Highlights

TNT Original Series

THE CLOSER – Season 6 returns Monday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Cable’s biggest series of all time is enjoying a spectacular sixth season of complex cases for Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, played with relish by this year’s Emmy winner for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Kyra Sedgwick. She is joined once again by the show’s four-time SAG Award®-nominated ensemble cast, including Corey Reynolds (The Terminal), G.W. Bailey (M*A*S*H), Tony Denison (Melrose Place), Raymond Cruz (Collateral Damage), Michael Paul Chan (Arrested Development) and Phillip P. Keene (The D.A.). The series also stars Jon Tenney (The Division) as Brenda’s husband, FBI Agent Fritz Howard; J.K. Simmons (Juno, Burn After Reading) as her demanding boss, Will Pope; and Robert Gossett (Arlington Road) as the head of Robbery-Homicide, Commander Taylor.

Since its premiere in 2005, THE CLOSER has earned numerous ad-supported cable viewership records, ranking as the #1 series of all time and scoring the #1 series telecast of all time. For its sixth season, the show is averaging a series high 8.4 million viewers.

MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE – Season 2 premieres Monday, Dec. 6, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Last winter, viewers and critics fell in love with this funny and dramatic series about three men finding their way through midlife. Emmy® winner Ray Romano (Everybody Loves Raymond), Golden Globe® winner Scott Bakula (Quantum Leap, Star Trek: Enterprise) and Emmy winner Andre Braugher (Homicide: Life on the Street, TNT’s Salem’s Lot) star in the series, which was created by Romano and Everybody Loves Raymond Emmy winner Mike Royce. MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE centers on Joe (Romano), a friendly, 40-something, slightly neurotic, recently separated father of two who had dreams of being a professional golfer but instead owns and runs a party store. He has two best friends: Owen (Braugher), an overstressed husband and father who is a car salesman at his dad’s dealership; and Terry (Bakula), an offbeat, handsome, intelligent and still-struggling-to-make-it actor.

In its first season, MEN OF A CERTAIN AGE was watched by an average 4.2 million viewers, making it one of ad-supported cable’s Top 5 new series of the year. The show went on to appear on several television critics’ year-end Top 10 lists. Earlier this year, Braugher earned an Emmy nomination for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series. This series from TNT Original Productions is executive-produced by Romano, Royce, Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.

LEVERAGE – Special three-episode event begins Sunday, Dec. 12, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Television’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are ready to close out the year in a big way as TNT’s hit series LEVERAGE returns to finish its exciting third season this December. This light-hearted, fast-paced drama – starring Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton, Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge – is set to return with a special holiday episode guest-starring Dave Foley (NewsRadio, Kids in the Hall) and marking the re-appearance of Wil Wheaton (Star Trek: The Next Generation). The series’ explosive two-part season finale on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) will guest-star Goran Visnjic (ER) and actress-model Elisabetta Canalis.

LEVERAGE, which is executive-produced by Dean Devlin (Independence Day, TNT’s The Librarian movies) and creators John Rogers (Transformers) and Chris Downey (The King of Queens), has averaged 4.5 million viewers in its third season.

SOUTHLAND – Season 3 premieres Tuesday, Jan. 4, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
This critically acclaimed drama series takes viewers directly to the streets of LA to present an intensely personal, first-person look at cops and detectives on the beat. The extraordinary series – starring Michael Cudlitz (Band of Brothers, A River Runs Through It), Shawn Hatosy (Alpha Dog), Regina King (Ray, Jerry Maguire) and Ben McKenzie (The O.C.) – defied the odds when an outpouring of support from fans resulted in the series finding a home on television’s premier drama network. The series has redefined the police drama genre with its a raw, authentic look at the lives and work of detectives and beat cops. Shot on location in the streets and neighborhoods of Los Angeles, SOUTHLAND captures a realistic, natural environment where similar situations can and often do occur in real life.

SOUTHLAND is from John Wells Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television. Created by Emmy winner Ann Biderman (NYPD Blue, Public Enemies), the series is executive-produced by Biderman, Emmy winner Chris Chulack (ER, Third Watch) and Wells. Chulack is also a primary director of the series.

TNT Special Events

CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON – Friday, Dec. 17, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
Mariah Carey, Miranda Cosgrove, Annie Lennox, Maxwell and Matthew Morrison are scheduled to join host Ellen DeGeneres as TNT rings in the holidays with this annual holiday treasure. Annually attended by the President and First Lady and other Washington VIPs, CHRISTMAS IN WASHINGTON is a holiday musical celebration benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center. The show takes place at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. This year marks TNT’s 12th presentation of the event, which is in its 29th year overall. TNT’s telecast will be followed at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) by a special holiday presentation of the classic The Wizard of Oz.

17th Annual SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AWARDS® – Sunday, Jan. 30, 2011, at 8 p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (PT), 7 p.m. (CT) and 6 p.m. (MT)
One of the industry’s most respected award presentations, this prestigious industry event honors performances in five film categories and eight television categories, including the unique Ensemble Award and an award for stunt performers. This year’s simulcast on TNT and TBS will be presented live in all time zones, allowing viewers on the West Coast to see the event live for the first time. West Coast viewers who prefer to watch in primetime will be able to catch the encore presentation on TNT at 7 p.m. (PT) / 10 p.m. (ET).

TNT Special Movie Presentations
Michael Clayton (TNT Premiere) – Friday, Nov. 26, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT); Saturday, Nov. 27, at 5:30 p.m. (ET/PT); Sunday, Nov. 28, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m. (ET/PT)

The Forbidden Kingdom (Network Television Premiere) – Friday, Dec. 3, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

The Dark Night (Network Television Premiere) – Saturday, Jan. 22, and Sunday, Jan. 23, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT Sports
NBA on TNT – Regular-season coverage each Thursday night

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