By Christian Blauvelt, Hollywood Staff
At its upfront presentation in New York City on Wednesday, TNT laid out ambitious new plans to expand the creation of their original content and the way in which viewers can receive that content, including a new 24/7 streaming service. That makes TNT the first network to offer its entire lineup for live-streaming on computers, smartphones, and tablets. This means that, instead of watching their shows online the next day, you can watch it streaming on your computer right as it's airing on TNT.
In addition to that major news, they also announced their summer and fall lineups: nine original series are on-tap for the summer including Season 3 of the Steven Spielberg-produced alien-invasion drama Falling Skies, and new seasons of Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Perception, and Franklin & Bash.
The one new drama entering the mix is a crime drama starring Rebecca Romijn called King & Maxwell, because all TNT procedurals from now on must include an ampersand in the title. New unscripted series include The Hero, a competition show headlined by Dwayne ''The Rock'' Johnson, 72 Hours, a race-against-the-clock competition, and Cold Justice, a docuseries procedural from Law & Order maestro Dick Wolf.
This fall, the network will debut Frank Darabont's much-anticipated 1930s-set gangster series Lost Angels - formerly called L.A. Noir - starring Jon Bernthal. And in January, TNT will premiere Legends, a drama starring Sean Bean. Beyond that, with unspecified premiere dates, are shows based on Nicholas Sparks' novel A Bend in the Road, O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark's book Guilty by Association, and an unscripted series by Denis Leary about Detroit firefighters. Oh, and a game show based on Monopoly!
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