Since the announcement has already appeared inÂ Variety and other media and online publications, I guess it’s time toÂ share the news.Â This was the press release from TNT entertainment:Â Â
ATLANTA, March 3 /PRNewswire/ — TNT is planning a significant boost in
original programming, with 14 series in development and a plan to change
most of the network’s weekday, primetime schedule to originals by 2010.
TNT’s aggressive plan includes a mixture of scripted dramas, unscripted
programs and the network’s award-winning telecasts of the NBA. Under the
new strategy, TNT will continue to showcase popular movies on Friday nights
and weekends… Â Â Â Scripted series in development include THE GENIE CHRONICLES, a fantasy-
adventure from DreamWorks Television, producers of TNT’s Into the West;
GENERATIONS, a family drama from executive producer Robert Redford and
writer/executive producer John Sacret Young (The West Wing, China Beach);
TECHNOPHOBIA, from executive producer Mark Frost (Twin Peaks); an untitled
project from the Hoosiers team of Angelo Pizzo and David Anspaugh; and an
untitled drama based on characters created by crime novelist Tess
Â Â Â Â Â Â Â In Development (Scripted):Â Â Â
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Â Â Â UNTITLED TESS GERRITSEN PROJECTÂ Â Â Boston medical examiner Maura Isles and police detective Jane Rizzoli
join forces to solve crimes in Beantown. This project, based on Tess
Gerritsen’s popular series of crime novels, comes to TNT from executive
producer Bill Haber (TNT’s Nightmares and Dreamscapes).
This deal was actually closed some time ago, but because of the writers’ strike, we delayed making the announcement.Â I’m quite excited about the possibilities, but I’m also wary of pinning my hopes on a series actually happening.Â So many projects get stuck “in development” and never get made.
But this is a very good first step!