Upfronts 2012: TNT & TBS Announce Programming Development Slates

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Ahead of their upfront presentation in New York City, TNT and TBS today announced a large slate of scripted and unscripted projects in development. TNT has seven scripted series in development, which includes projects from Tom Clancy, Steven Bochco, Howard Gordon and David Baldacci, and another four series in development on the unscripted side. Meanwhile, over at TBS, the cable network, who just recently picked up Cougar Town for a fourth season, announced three scripted series and one unscripted series in development.

TNT Scripted Series In Development

King and Maxwell – Based on the popular series of novels from David Baldacci, this one hour drama series chronicles the unlikely partnership between the two. Sean King and Michelle Maxwell aren’t your typical pair of private investigators. Both are former secret service agents, and their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry) often gives them a leg up on both suspects and conventional law enforcement. CBS Television Studios is producing, with Shane Brennan serving as an executive producer. Karen Spiegel and Grant Anderson serve as producers on the project, with David Baldacci also serving as a consultant.

The Last Ship –  In this exciting action/adventure project based on the popular novel by William Brinkley, the crew of a naval destroyer is forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of the earth’s population. Platnum Dunes is producing, with Michael Bay, Brad Fuller, Andrew Form, Hank Steinberg and Steve Kane serving as executive producers.

Legends – This suspenseful, action-packed drama is being developed by Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff and Mark Bomback from the novel Legends by Robert Littell. The story follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is. Fox 21 is producing, with Howard Gordon, Jeffrey Nachmanoff, Alexander Cary and Jonathan Levin serving as executive producers.

Lew Archer – Based on the title character from Ross McDonald’s popular novels, this project from The Closer creator James Duff and Close to Home creator Jim Leonard follows the sleuth many consider to be “the original P.I.” Warner Horizon Television is producing, with Duff, Jim Leonard (writer) and Steve N. White serving as executive producers.

Tom Clancy’s Homeland Security – This event-based procedural written by Javier Grillo-Marxuach and set in Tom Clancy’s world of espionage pits a select team of domestic intelligence operatives against enemies within and without, from narco-traffickers and nuclear terrorists to cyber-criminals and human smugglers.

Untitled Steven Bochco Murder Mystery Project – This suspenseful and intriguing crime drama will intimately dissect a single murder case over an entire season, from the commitment of the crime through the investigation, arrest and trial.

Untitled Ron Shelton Family Drama –  disgraced football coach loses his high-profile job in Los Angeles and winds up moving his three kids and 70-year-old father to Louisiana. But this might just be the fresh start they need.

TNT Unscripted Series In Development

American Troubadours – From one of the executive producers of American Idol and film star Matthew McConaughey, this new reality competition series is on a mission to discover the best unsigned bar band in America, singer/songwriter bands that represent the greatest tradition of rock and roll.

Cold Justice – This docu-drama, produced by Emmy winners for such series as Law & Order, Project Runway and Top Chef, will follow former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they crack cold cases.

Rivals – From the producers of Laguna Beach and Jockeys comes this riveting series set in the glamorous world of thoroughbred horse racing.

24/7: Los Angeles – Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Robert Port crafted this gripping, all-access look at the men and women who protect the streets of Los Angeles.

TBS Scripted Series In Development

The Kid – To try and get his game back, a young and socially naïve golf prodigy named Quinn teams up with Joey, an unconventional new caddy. But much to the dismay of his father, Quinn learns more than just golf, as this new duo makes its way into the high-rolling, fast-moving big-time world of professional golf.

Most Likely – It has been ten years since high school, and the former “most likely to succeed” star student returns to his hometown after losing his job. He winds up working for the former (and still) “most popular” jock in this mismatched buddy comedy penned by Josh Heald (Hot Tub Time Machine).

Zone Lord – Conan O’Brien serves as executive producer on this sitcom with an intergalactic twist. Three roommates awake one morning to discover an evil but very hip alien has moved into their building, along with his diminutive navigator.

TBS Unscripted Series In Development

Untitled Competition Game Show – This big, unique and physically challenging competition series is being developed by Jared Hoffman and produced by Alloy Digital’s Generate Studios, which was co-founded by Jordan Levin and Pete Aronson.