TNT to Roll Out 10 Original Series This Summer, Including More Scripted Dramas than any other basic cable network ever

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TNT, home to more hit dramas than any other cable network, is preparing to roll out a stellar summer lineup of 10 original series, including five returning hits – RIZZOLI & ISLES, MAJOR CRIMES, PERCEPTION, DALLAS and FRANKLIN & BASH – and the launch of MURDER IN THE FIRST, a powerful new crime drama from 10-time Emmy®-winning executive producer Steven Bochco. These six shows join the previously announced season premiere of FALLING SKIES and the debuts of the exciting new series THE LAST SHIP and LEGENDS in giving TNT a total of nine scripted dramas this summer, the most ever for a basic cable network. In addition, TNT’s unscripted crime-investigation series COLD JUSTICE, which is currently in its second season, will join the lineup with a run of new episodes.

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TNT’s “Rizzoli & Isles” scores 4.7 million viewers to rank as basic cable’s most-watched program for the night

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TNT’s hit drama RIZZOLI & ISLES grabbed more than 4.7 million viewers to rank as basic cable’s most-watched program for the night. That figure marks the show’s biggest Live + Same Day delivery so far this winter and a remarkable +42% increase over last week. The show is also performing well in time-shifted viewing, with the first two episodes growing by 49% among total viewers in a comparison of Live + 3 to Live + Same Day.

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TNT to Claim Four of Basic Cable’s Top 10 Summer Series, More than Any Other Network

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TNT is on track to claim four of basic cable’s Top 10 original series for the summer, more than any other network. RIZZOLI & ISLES, MAJOR CRIMES, FALLING SKIES and PERCEPTION have each scored Top 10 spots among total viewers. In addition, FALLING SKIES and RIZZOLI & ISLES are set to rank among basic cable’s Top 5 summer dramas with adults 18-49 and adults 25-54.

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Statement from TNT, Warner Bros. and “Rizzoli & Isles” Executive producer Janet Tamaro

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Everyone at RIZZOLI & ISLES is devastated by the news of the passing of Lee Thompson Young. We are beyond heartbroken at the loss of this sweet, gentle, good-hearted, intelligent man. He was truly a member of our family. Lee will be cherished and remembered by all who knew and loved him, both on- and off-screen, for his positive energy, infectious smile and soulful grace. We send our deepest condolences and thoughts to his family, to his friends and, most especially, to his beloved mother.

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TNT Renews Summer Series “Rizzoli & Isles,” “Major Crimes” and “Perception” as Series Dominate Basic Cable’s Summer Ratings Charts

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TNT has renewed three of its hit summer series, including the top-ranked RIZZOLI & ISLES and the Top 10 dramas MAJOR CRIMES and PERCEPTION. The renewals join the previously announced fourth-season order of TNT’s epic drama FALLING SKIES, one of the summer’s most popular dramas with key demos.

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TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles Books 6.6 Million Viewers, Outperforming Season Three Launch by +18% and Ranking as Basic Cable’s #1 Series Telecast Summer-to-Date

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TNT’s blockbuster drama RIZZOLI & ISLES returned in a big way Tuesday night as the show’s fourth season premiere garnered 6.6 million viewers in Live + Same Day delivery, including 2.3 million adults 25-54 and 1.8 million adults 18-49. The show outperformed last year’s season three launch by double digits and ranks as basic cable’s #1 series telecast of the summer-to-date with total viewers and adults 25-54. PERCEPTION followed with 4 million viewers.

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Screen shot 2013-03-20 at 6.17.27 PM TNT Announces 2013 Summer Premiere Dates Lineup Includes Four New Series and Five Returning Hits

TNT is going to ramp up the drama this summer with a spectacular lineup of original series, including four brand new shows and five returning favorites. Set to launch new seasons this summer are the hit series FALLING SKIES, RIZZOLI & ISLES, MAJOR CRIMES, PERCEPTION and FRANKLIN & BASH. New series joining them in the lineup include KING & MAXWELL; the unscripted competition series THE HERO and 72 HOURS; and the docu-drama procedural COLD JUSTICE.

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