TNT Sets Summer Premiere Dates For Nine Shows Including Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, Falling Skies And Dallas

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TNT has set the premiere dates for their summer line up of original content, including returning series Rizzoli & Isles, The Closer, Franklin & Bash, Falling Skies, Leverage and new shows Dallas, Perception, Major Crimes and The Great Escape.

The third season of Rizzoli & Isles will premiere on Tuesday June 5th at 9/8c. The third season consists of fifteen episodes, with ten being broadcast in the summer and the remaining five in the winter. Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander star as Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

Airing just behind Rizzoli & Isles is the second season of Franklin & Bash, which will be gavelled into session on Tuesday June 5th at 10/9c. The second season of the series consists of ten episodes. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer star in this light-hearted legal drama as two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers working for a button-down law firm. Malcolm McDowell plays the firm’s wonderfully eccentric patriarch. Also starring are Garcelle Beauvais, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani and Reed Diamond.

New series Dallas will kick off its ten episode first season on Wednesday June 13th at 9/8c with a two hour premiere. Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their famous characters as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing when they return to Southfork with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Dallas also stars Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong.

The second season of Falling Skies will begin airing on TNT on Sunday June 17th at 9/8c with a two hour premiere. Basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011 returns with 10 new episodes to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star.

TNT’s new reality series The Great Escape will premiere on Sunday June 24th at 10/9c. TNT has described the series as “a fast-paced, nail-biting competition series drops ordinary people into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie. Each week, Rich Eisen hosts as teams of competitors try to find their way out of seemingly impossible situations for a chance to take home a cash prize.” The show’s first season consists of ten episodes.

The Closer returns to TNT on Monday July 9th at 9/8c with its final six episodes. Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions. Mary McDonnell, who will continue her role as Captain Sharon Raydor in TNT’s upcoming series Major Crimes, also stars.

New series Perception will premiere on Monday July 9th at 10/9c. The drama series follows an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, it’s also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Perception also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan.

The fifth season of Leverage will premiere on Sunday July 15th at 8/7c. The show’s fifth season consists of fifteen episodes, with ten being broadcast in the summer and the remaining five airing in the winter.

Last to premiere is The Closer spin-off Major Crimes, which will premiere its ten episode first season on Monday August 13th at 10/9c, before assuming its regular time-slot of Monday nights at 9/8c from Monday August 20th. This all-new drama series is ready to take television’s favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Mary McDonnell will continue her role from The Closer as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor. Major Crimes will focus on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Joining McDonnell are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, with guest appearances by Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. New cast members include Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile and Kearran Giovanni as an ambitious undercover detective

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