TNT has given the greenlight to three new original series: a bold alien-invasion series from DreamWorks Television and Steven Spielberg
that stars Noah Wyle
; "Delta Blues" (working title), an offbeat series starring Jason Lee
and Alfre Woodard
; and "Rizzoli & Isles" (working title), a crime drama starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, based on Tess Gerritsen's popular mystery novels.
Michael Wright, executive vice president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM), explained: "These three series ranging from science-fiction to a quirky drama to a gripping crime procedural are wide ranging in their appeal and subject matter. They're rich in character, with great performances and engaging stories. And with their emphasis on relatable, everyday heroes, they're a great fit with our lineup."
TNT has ordered 10 episodes of each of the three new series, with plans to have "Delta Blues" and "Rizzoli & Isles" premiere in 2010 and the untitled alien-invasion series debut in 2011.
TNT's announcement comes on the heels of the network ordering a second season of its acclaimed hit series Men Of A Certain Age
. Also returning are The Closer
, which will be enjoying its sixth season, and Saving Grace
, which will wrap up its third season this year with nine final episodes. HawthoRNe
and Dark Blue
both return for their second seasons. TNT has also ordered a third season of Leverage
. The network is currently airing Southland
, with new episodes set to begin in March.
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