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Boom! TNT goes for genre drama at upfront

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May 14, 2014|By Curt Wagner, @ShowPatrol | RedEye

TNT used its upfront presentation Wednesday to introduce a "brand refresh" and a slate of programming heavy on action and supernatural thrills.

The network's new tagline, "TNT Drama. Boom." and refreshed direction is designed to attract younger and "a more balanced male-female composition." In other words, more male viewers.

The network presented seven new dramas ranging from a period crime drama to action thrillers and a sci-fi mystery. It also announced eight new scripted series in development that expand on its new interest in genre fare, a departure from the network's past reliance on crime dramas.

These new shows join a current lineup that includes the returning and previously announced new shows listed below.

"Major Crimes": Season 3 premiere, 8 p.m. June 9
"Murder in the First": Series premiere, 9 p.m. June 9
"Rizzoli & Isles": Season 5 premiere, 8 p.m. June 17
"Perception": Season 3 premiere, 9 p.m. June 17
"Cold Justice": Season 2.1 premiere, 8 p.m. June 20
"The Last Ship": Series premiere, 8 p.m. June 22
"Falling Skies": Season 4 premiere, 9 p.m. June 22
"Legends": Series premiere, 8 p.m. Aug. 13
"Franklin & Bash": Season 4 premiere, 9 p.m. Aug. 13
"Dallas": Season 3.1 premiere, 8 p.m. Aug. 18

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PUBLIC MORALS

From writer-director-producer-star Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan, The Brothers McMullen), Public Morals is a gritty, intense crime drama set in the world of the Vice Division of the New York City Police Department in the 1960s. The drama follows Terry Muldoon (Burns), a Public Morals detective trying to maintain control over his tightly ordered world as the city and the times around him are undergoing profound cultural changes. In this serialized cop drama, Muldoon and his team will confront a number of challenges, from keeping a lid on prostitution and gambling rings to being thrust into a deadly turf war that breaks out between the new and old factions of the Irish Mob. Public Morals is inspired by Burns' own life growing up in a family of cops in a morally ambivalent, very dangerous time. Michael Rapaport (Justified) and Elizabeth Masucci (The Americans) also star in the series, which comes to TNT from Amblin Television and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank and Aaron Lubin.

PROOF

Proof is a serialized supernatural drama starring Jennifer Beals (The L Word, Flashdance), Matthew Modine (And the Band Played On, Weeds) and Joe Morton (Scandal, Terminator 2: Judgment Day). The series follows Dr. Carolyn Tyler (Beals) on a journey toward answering one of life's greatest mysteries: Is there life after death? A highly trained surgeon, skeptic and believer in hard science, Dr. Tyler is challenged by an eccentric and terminally ill billionaire (Modine) to prove whether there is an afterlife. After exploring stories about hauntings, near-death experiences, past lives and more, Dr. Tyler slowly evolves from hardline skeptic, to doubter and, ultimately, reluctant believer. Proof is executive-produced by The Closer's Kyra Sedgwick, Rob Bragin, Tom Jacobson, Jill Littman and Emmy winner Alex Graves.

TNT Scripted Series in Development

ANONYMOUS
When a highly trained, ex-Special Ops soldier uncovers a global cover-up that forces him to go off the grid, he discovers a new purpose helping those who cannot help themselves.
Producers: Wild West Picture Show Productions, Peter Billingsley (Iron Man, Sullivan & Son), Vince Vaughn (Sullivan & Son, Wedding Crashers), Victoria Vaughn (Couples Retreat), Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire)
Writer: Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire)

BREED
This atmospheric, supernatural drama centers on a volatile race of creatures who are committing brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest, and the reluctant FBI investigator who pairs with a female assassin to track them. Breed mixes suspense, excitement and humor to create an exhilarating ride full of unexpected moments and unforgettable characters.
Producers: Invention Film Co, Nicky Weinstock, Scott Winant (True Blood), John Scott Shepherd (Save Me, Life or Something Like It)
Writer: John Scott Shepherd (Save Me, Life or Something Like It)

ED MCBAIN'S 87th PRECINCT
One of the longest-running crime series ever published, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series includes 82 novels. This new series centers on Detective Steve Carella and the 87th Precinct as they investigate the toughest cases while juggling their own personal struggles.
Producers: Donnie Wahlberg (Boston's Finest), Jonathan Baruch, Rob Wolken

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