Tuesday, November 29, 2011

USA Network Sets Launch Date For New Series “Common Law”'; "White Collar" & "Royal Pains" Return in January (Press Release)

Update December 8, 2011 - USA Network has pushed the premiere of "Common Law" to the summer of 2012.


USA Network Press Release

USA NETWORK SETS LAUNCH DATE FOR NEW ORIGINAL SERIES "COMMON LAW" THURSDAY, JANUARY 26 AT 10/9C ALONG WITH RETURNS OF "WHITE COLLAR" AND "ROYAL PAINS"

COMMON LAW Stars Michael Ealy, Warren Kole, Jack McGee and Sonya Walger
WHITE COLLAR Returns Tuesday, January 17 at 10/9c
ROYAL PAINS Returns on Wednesday, January 18 at 10/9C

NEW YORK – November 29, 2011 – USA Network today announces the January premiere dates for the new original series COMMON LAW on Thursday, January 26 at 10/9c and returning original favorites WHITE COLLAR on Tuesday, January 17 at 10/9c and ROYAL PAINS on Wednesday, January 18 at 10/9c.

The new original series COMMON LAW kicks into high gear when two cops discover they have one problem – each other. Despite their differences, they are still the best detectives on the force but when things come to a head on the eve of their “seven-year itch,” their captain forces them into couples’ therapy to save their “marriage.” The 12-episode one-hour series stars Michael Ealy (“The Good Wife,” “Californication”), Warren Kole (“The Chicago Code,” “24”), Jack McGee (“The Fighter,” “Rescue Me”) and Sonya Walger (“Lost,” “In Treatment”) and is currently in production in New Orleans.

Travis Marks (Michael Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Warren Kole) are a pair of odd couple detectives who are incredible at what they love most – enforcing the law. The duo has a seven-year track record as the LAPD’s finest in the Robbery-Homicide Division. As their constant bickering begins to have a major impact on their work, their new-age captain (Jack McGee) sends them to couples’ therapy to bring back the flame in their “work marriage.” Tough-as-nails therapist Dr. Ryan (Sonya Walger) is brought in to help them understand and resolve their conflicts and confront their demons in order to enhance their ability to work together solving crimes.

As Dr. Ryan explores their relationship, we find out these two are birds of a feather professionally, and their personal differences actually balance them out. Wes is a former lawyer whose sensitivity to an event in his life sparked his desire to become a cop but sacrificed his marriage in the process. He sees things in black and white, is responsible, compulsively organized, methodical and often over thinks decisions. Travis is a former juvenile delinquent and a maverick ladies man who has a fear of abandonment, commitment and intimacy. While he’s an open book and deeply trusts his gut instincts, he’s carefree, irresponsible, disorganized and doesn’t play by the rules. We soon learn that a successful relationship or partnership doesn't mean you have to like the same things; you just have to hate the same things and sometimes that makes for a stronger union.

COMMON LAW is from CBS Television Studios and Junction Entertainment, and is executive produced and written by Cormac Wibberley and Marianne Wibberley (“National Treasure,” “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle”). Jon Turteltaub (“Jericho,” “National Treasure”) and Craig Sweeny (“Medium,” “The 4400”) are executive producers. Dan Shotz and Karim Zreik (“Harper’s Island,” “Jericho”) of Junction Entertainment serve as co-executive producers. The pilot was directed by Turteltaub.

Season three of WHITE COLLAR returns from its summer cliffhanger for its winter premiere of six edge-of-your seat episodes starring Matt Bomer, Tim DeKay, Tiffani Thiessen, Willie Garson, Marsha Thomason, Hilarie Burton and Sharif Atkins. In the shocking summer finale, Peter Burke’s (DeKay) world crumbled to pieces when he found out Neal (Bomer) was in possession of the stolen Nazi treasure and his wife Elizabeth (Thiessen) was kidnapped because of it. Now with an uncertain future and both his personal and professional life at stake, what will Peter do? What has happened to Elizabeth? And will Neal choose a side? The upcoming second half of the third season features the directorial debut of series star DeKay and appearances by guest stars including Joe Manganiello, Dylan Baker, Beau Bridges, Tom Skerritt, Hal Ozsan, Ross McCall, Diahann Carroll, Elizabeth Gillies, Graham Phillips, Lola Glaudini, Will Chase, Murphy Guyer, Tom Degnan, Bailey Chase and Debra Monk.

In WHITE COLLAR’s third season, charming con man Neal Caffrey uses his talents to keep everyone guessing as to which side he’s really on. When love interest and insurance investigator Sara Ellis (Burton) finds out Neal and Mozzie (Garson) have the stolen treasure, she walks away and Neal is forced to figure out if his relationships are more important than the life of a criminal. WHITE COLLAR was created by and is executive produced by Jeff Eastin and comes from Fox Television Studios. Mark Goffman is an executive producer and Jeff King is a co-executive producer. The series, which averaged 5.7 million total viewers this summer, has already been green lit for a fourth season to start production in New York in early 2012.

The network’s highest rated series ROYAL PAINS, starring Mark Feuerstein, Paulo Costanzo and Reshma Shetty, returns with six new episodes with a season finale that will have viewers and fans on the edge of their seats. In the summer cliffhanger, Hank attended to an unconscious Eric Kassabian (guest star Wilmer Valderrama) who appeared to have been given the wrong medicine by Dr. Van Dyke (guest star Kyle Howard) and Divya (Shetty). When the series picks up, HankMed is in danger of losing his first patient as Kassabian’s life hangs in the balance. Things in the Hamptons get even more tense as Divya juggles two jobs; Evan (Costanzo) works to fit into his fiancée’s complicated family life and Jill (Flint) continues to hide Divya’s work secret. Golden Globe nominee Tom Cavanagh returns with an award-worthy performance in a multi-episode story arc as Jack O’Malley, professional golfer and HankMed client. Recurring on the series are Campbell Scott as Boris, and Brooke D’Orsay as Paige, Kyle Howard as Dr. Van Dyke and Joanna Garcia Swisher as Dr. Nina Greene.

ROYAL PAINS averaged more than 7 million viewers this summer and has been renewed for a fourth season, to begin production in the spring. The series is executive produced by Andrew Lenchewski and Michael Rauch, as well as Rich Frank, Paul Frank and Jeff Kwatinetz from Prospect Park. The series is is produced by Universal Cable Productions and is filmed entirely in New York, including Brooklyn, Long Island, as well as in and around the Hamptons.

USA, poised to win its sixth consecutive year as the #1 cable network, is currently the home to ten original scripted series: BURN NOTICE, COMMON LAW, COVERT AFFAIRS, FAIRLY LEGAL, IN PLAIN SIGHT, NECESSARY ROUGHNESS, PSYCH, ROYAL PAINS, SUITS and WHITE COLLAR and recently announced three pilot pickups. THE UNTITLED DOUGLAS MCGRATH PROJECT, a half-hour comedy pilot from Universal Cable Productions, will star Nathan Lane, Cheyenne Jackson, Ken Jenkins, Caroline Rhea, Laura Bell Bundy and Richard Kohnke. Douglas McGrath will write, direct and executive produce the pilot and Lane will also executive produce. PAGING DR. FREED is a half-hour comedy pilot from Fox 21 and Universal Cable Productions. Michael Feldman will write and executive produce with Katy McCaffrey and Brad Johnson serving as producers. And the drama pilot THE UNTITLED JEFF EASTIN PROJECT from Fox Television Studios and executive producer Jeff Eastin (WHITE COLLAR) starring Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Ferlito.

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Monday, November 28, 2011

TNT Greenlights Patricia Cornwell’s Hornet’s Nest and Casts Sherry Stringfield and Virginia Madsen to Star as Network Expands TNT Mystery Movie Night into 2012

TNT Press Release 
Release Date: 11/28/2011

TNT Greenlights Patricia Cornwell’s Hornet’s Nest and Casts Sherry Stringfield and Virginia Madsen to Star as Network Expands TNT Mystery Movie Night into 2012

TNT has greenlit an original movie adaptation of the chart-topping bestseller Hornet’s Nest, a novel by America’s #1 crime novelist, Patricia Cornwell, whose works have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. Sherry Stringfield (ER) and Virginia Madsen (Sideways) have been cast to star in Hornet’s Nest, which will premiere next spring as part of the TNT Mystery Movie Night, the network’s new showcase of movies adapted from contemporary crime novels. Robbie Amell (Picture This), Michael Boatman (The Good Wife) and Michael Silver (ER) are also set to star in the movie.

The TNT Mystery Movie Night is set to launch Tuesday, Nov. 29, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) with Scott Turow’s Innocent. The franchise will feature six movies in November and December before returning in spring 2012 with Hornet’s Nest and three additional movies.

Hornet’s Nest, which was a #1 New York Times bestseller, is the first in Cornwell’s series of mysteries featuring reporter Andy Brazil (Amell), Police Chief Judy Hammer (Madsen) and her top deputy, Virginia West (Stringfield). Boatman has been cast as Richard Panesa, and Silver will play Deputy Chief Adam Goode. Set in Charlotte, N.C., the story opens with everyone desperate to solve the latest crisis: a serial killer is specializing in out-of-town businessmen. Hammer and West make the murder investigation their top priority. But West is less than pleased when Hammer pairs her up with Brazil, a cub reporter assigned to cover the police department.

Hornet’s Nest is being adapted by screenwriter Dee Johnson, whose credits include TNT’s Southland and Rizzoli & Isles. Jim Head serves as executive producer, along with Cornwell, who will release Red Mist (G.P. Putnam’s Sons), the eagerly anticipated 19th novel in the acclaimed Scarpetta series, on Dec. 6. Millicent Shelton (Californication, 90210) is set to direct Hornet’s Nest. Head is also currently executive-producing Ricochet, which premieres Wednesday, Nov. 30, as part of this winter’s TNT Mystery Movie Night lineup. Based on the novel by Sandra Brown, Ricochet stars John Corbett, Julie Benz, Kelly Overton and Gary Cole.

In addition to Scott Turow’s Innocent and Ricochet, the TNT Mystery Movie Night’s winter 2011 presentations will include Hide (Tuesday, Dec. 6), based on the novel by Lisa Gardner and starring Carla Gugino, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kevin Alejandro and Bridget Regan; Silent Witness (Wednesday, Dec. 7), based on the book by Richard North Patterson and starring Dermot Mulroney, Michael Cudlitz, Anne Heche and Judd Hirsch; and Good Morning, Killer(Tuesday, Dec. 13), based on the book by April Smith and starring Catherine Bell, Cole Hauser, William Devane, Titus Welliver and Suleka Mathew. Closing out the showcase’s winter 2011 lineup, Kathy Najimy, Scottie Thompson, Jane Alexander and Larry Miller will star in Deck the Halls (Tuesday, Dec. 20), based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells; and Memphis Beat, starring Jason Lee and Alfre Woodard, as well as the upcoming series Major Crimes, Dallas and Perception. TNT also presents compelling original movies, including a slate of thrillers set to premiere this winter in the TNT Mystery Movie Night showcase. TNT is the cable home to powerful dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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TNT’s Mystery Movie “Innocent” – Behind The Scenes

Here is a look behind the scenes of the first installment of The TNT Mystery Movie Night, Scott Turow’s “Innocent,” which will air on Tuesday, November 29, 2011 at 9 PM ET/PT. It stars Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden, Alfred Molina, Richard Schiff and Tahmoh Penikett.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

House “Perils of Paranoia” Advance Photos

Here are a few advance photos from House, “Perils of Paranoia” which will air on Monday, November 28, 2011 on FOX (9PM ET). The photos feature Hugh Laurie, Robert Sean Leonard, Jesse Spencer, Charlyne Yi, Omar Epps, Peter Jacobson, and guest stars Vincent Spano (as Tommy Fortunato) and Yaya DeCosta (as Anita King).







Photos by: Byron Cohen/NBC 
and Jordin Althaus/NBC © NBCUniversal, Inc.


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Monday, November 21, 2011

Rizzoli & Isles “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” Advance Photos & Episode Details

Here are advance photos and the episode information for a new episode of Rizzoli & Isles, “He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother”. The photos feature Angie Harmon, Sasha Alexander, Lorraine Bracco, and guest stars Colin Egglesfield, and Tessa Thompson.


“He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother” – Monday, December 5, 2011 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Boston Homicide teams up with the FBI after a bank manager is shot during a robbery. Jane’s brother Tommy (guest star Colin Egglesfield) may be facing more trouble just as his relationship with Maura begins to grow. Tessa Thompson guest-stars as by-the-book FBI Agent Anna Farrell, who has a complicated history with Detective Frost.


Directed by Steve Robin
Written by David Gould & Dee Johnson
Developed by Janet Tamaro
Based on the series of novels by Tess Gerritsen





Photo Credit: Doug Hyun

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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

TNT’s “Hide” Mystery Movie Advance Photos, Cast Portraits & Overview

TNT Press Release

Cold Case Heats Up in TNT’s Hide, Suspenseful Thriller Starring Carla Gugino, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kevin Alejandro and Bridget Regan

The gruesome discovery of six women buried long ago on the grounds of a mental hospital exposes a family’s skeletons in Hide, a gripping new crime thriller starring Carla Gugino, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kevin Alejandro and Bridget Regan. Based on the novel by Lisa Gardner, the suspenseful tale will premiere Tuesday, Dec. 6, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). It is the latest installment in the TNT Mystery Movie Night, a showcase of great contemporary crime dramas based on best-selling books.

Hide stars Carla Gugino (Californication, Entourage) as Boston Police Detective D.D. Warren, who is called to the grounds of an abandoned mental hospital where a buried chamber is discovered. Inside are the mummified remains of six young women who have all been missing for years. The case leads D.D. to Annabelle, played by Bridget Regan (Legend of the Seeker). Annabelle is a young woman who spent her childhood moving from city to city, from identity to identity, hiding from someone or something totally unknown to her. D.D. uses clues from Annabelle’s secret past to unravel the mystery behind her twisted family history. Mark-Paul Gosselaar (TNT’s Franklin & Bash, NYPD Blue) plays Alex Wilson, and Kevin Alejandro (True Blood, TNT’s Southland) is Det. Bobby Dodge.

Hide is written by Janet Brownell (Eloise at the Plaza), directed by John Gray (Ghost Whisperer, Helter Skelter) and executive-produced by Stephanie Germain (The Day After Tomorrow).

The TNT Mystery Movie Night collection is set to continue Wednesday, Dec. 7, with Silent Witness, based on the book by Richard North Patterson and starring Dermot Mulroney, Michael Cudlitz, Anne Heche and Judd Hirsch, and Tuesday, Dec. 13, with Good Morning, Killer, based on the book by April Smith and starring Catherine Bell, Cole Hauser, William Devane, Titus Welliver and Suleka Mathew. Closing out the showcase’s winter lineup on Tuesday, Dec. 20, Kathy Najimy, Scottie Thompson and Jane Alexander will star in Deck the Halls, based on the book by Mary Higgins Clark and Carol Higgins Clark and the first in their series of holiday mysteries.

About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells, as well as the upcoming series Major Crimes, Dallas and Perception. TNT also presents compelling original movies, including a slate of thrillers set to premiere this fall in The TNT Mystery Movie Night showcase. TNT is the cable home to powerful dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Southland’s Regina King to Serve as SAG Awards® Social Media Ambassador

TNT Press Release 


Regina King, Star of TNT’s Acclaimed Series Southland, to Serve as SAG Awards® Social Media Ambassador

Regina King, star of TNT’s critically acclaimed drama series Southland, will serve as social media ambassador for the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards® airing live on TNT and TBS Sunday, Jan. 29. Through posts on Twitter and Facebook, King will serve as the online face for the awards, giving viewers unprecedented access to behind-the-scenes moments during the weeks building up to the show, as well as from the red carpet.

King’s duties as the SAG Awards® social media ambassador will kick off when she announces this year’s nominations on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. (ET)/6 a.m. (PT), telecast live on TNT and online at tnt.tv and tbs.com. During the six weeks leading up to the Jan. 29 simulcast of the award ceremony, King will continue to tweet and post about the SAG Awards, including updates on presenters and fashion. She will also post updates during rehearsals and provide her thoughts and insights from the red carpet on the big night.

In Southland, which returns for its fourth season beginning Tuesday, Jan. 17, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), King plays Lydia Adams, a smart and perceptive LAPD detective who often finds herself becoming emotionally invested in the cases she handles. In March 2011, King earned the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series for her performance in Southland.

King was nominated for a SAG Award as a member of the cast in the film Ray, for which she won an NAACP Image Award. Her extensive screen credits include Jerry Maguire, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Enemy of the State, Boyz n the Hood, Poetic Justice, Higher Learning, Our Family Wedding, Year of the Dog, This Christmas, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, A Cinderella Story, Daddy Day Care, Mighty Joe Young, Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde, Friday, Down to Earth and A Thin Line Between Love and Hate. She also provided the voice of Kreela in the animated film Ant Bully. For television, she starred in the movies Living Proof and If These Walls Could Talk 2 and supplied the voices of Huey and Riley for the animated series The Boondocks.

TNT and TBS’s live simulcast of the 18th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards will take place Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012, at 8 p.m. (ET), 5 p.m. (PT), 7 p.m. (CT) and 6 p.m. (MT). West Coast viewers who prefer to watch in primetime will be able to catch the encore presentation on TNT at 7 p.m. (PT) / 10 p.m. (ET).

Of the top industry honors presented to performers, only the Screen Actors Guild Awards are voted on solely by actors’ peers in the Screen Actors Guild. The SAG Awards was the first televised awards show created by a union to honor the work of actors and the first to present ensemble and cast awards. The SAG Awards nominees are chosen by separate film and television nominating committees, each consisting of 2,100 SAG members from around the country, randomly selected anew each year. All active members of Screen Actors Guild are eligible to vote for the final Actor® recipients.

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Monday, November 14, 2011

NBC UNVEILS NEW MID-SEASON 2012 SCHEDULE

NBC Press Release

NBC UNVEILS NEW MID-SEASON 2012 SCHEDULE


Lineup Features Premieres of Four New Series in “Smash,” “The Firm,” “Fashion Star” and “Are You There, Chelsea?”


UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. – November 14, 2011 – NBC today announced its new mid-season 2012 schedule which features the premieres of four new series in “Smash” (February 6), “The Firm” (two-hour premiere January 8, time slot premiere January 12), “Fashion Star” (March 13) and “Are You There, Chelsea?” (January 11). The new lineup also includes the return of “The Voice,” “30 Rock,” “The Celebrity Apprentice” and “Who Do You Think You Are?”

In addition, there are day and time period changes for “Whitney,” “Up All Night,” “Rock Center with Brian Williams” and “Harry’s Law.”

Following are night-by-night details:

Mondays:
Last spring’s hit vocal competition series “The Voice” returns even louder with an hour-long season debut following Super Bowl XLVI on Sunday, February 5 (10-11 p.m. ET, time approximate) and then resumes in its regular day and time on Monday, February 6 (8-10 p.m. ET). Following “The Voice” is the much-anticipated musical drama “Smash” which premieres Monday, February 6 (10-11 p.m. ET).

Tuesdays:
“Fashion Star” – the new reality competition series hosted and executive-produced by Elle Macpherson – will premiere with a two-hour episode on Tuesday, March 13 (9-11 p.m. ET) and resume on Tuesday, March 20 (10-11 p.m. ET). “The Biggest Loser” will open a new edition on Tuesday, January 3 (8-10 p.m. ET) followed by “Parenthood” (10-11 p.m. ET) which continues through its season finale on February 28.

Wednesdays:
The freshman comedy “Whitney” (8-8:30 p.m. ET) moves into a new day and time beginning January 11 followed by the series debut of the new comedy “Are You There, Chelsea?” (8:30-9 p.m. ET) on January 11. “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (9-10 p.m. ET) also joins the Wednesday lineup starting February 8. “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” remains at 10-11 p.m. (ET).

Thursdays:
The new drama “The Firm” moves into the Thursday lineup (10-11 p.m. ET) beginning January 12 following its two-hour premiere the previous Sunday (January 8) from 9-11 p.m. ET. The first-season comedy “Up All Night” will also move to Thursday nights at 9:30 p.m. (ET) on January 12 which is also the night that multiple Emmy Award-winning “30 Rock” returns for its season debut (8-8:30 p.m. ET). “Parks and Recreation” (8:30-9 p.m. ET) and the Emmy-winning “The Office” (9-9:30 p.m. ET) remain in the same time periods.

Fridays:
The returning series “Who Do You Think You Are?” makes its season debut on February 3 (8-9 p.m. ET). “Chuck” will have its two-hour series finale on January 27th (8-10 p.m. ET). “Grimm” (9-10 p.m. ET) and “Dateline NBC” (10-11 p.m. ET) remain in the respective time periods.

Sundays:
“The Celebrity Apprentice” returns on Sunday, February 12 (9-11 p.m. ET). “Dateline NBC” begins on Sundays (7-9 p.m. ET), on January 8. “Harry’s Law” moves to the 8-9 p.m. (ET) time period on March 4 and “Dateline NBC” will return to 7-8 p.m. (ET) on March 4.

The premieres of the new January-March program schedule follow in a grid (all times ET); new series are capitalized.


MONDAYS
8-10 p.m. -- “The Voice” (season premiere Sunday, February 5; series resumes February 6)

10-11 p.m. – “SMASH” (beginning February 6)

TUESDAYS
8-10 p.m. -- “The Biggest Loser” (beginning January 3)

10-11 p.m. – “Parenthood” (through February 28)

10-11 p.m. – “FASHION STAR” (beginning Tuesday, March 13, 9-11 p.m. ET with two-hour premiere; one-hour broadcasts resume March 20)

WEDNESDAYS
8-8:30 p.m. – “Whitney” (beginning January 11)

8:30-9 p.m. – “ARE YOU THERE, CHELSEA?” (beginning January 11)

9-10 p.m. – “Rock Center with Brian Williams” (beginning February 8)

10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”

THURSDAYS
8-8:30 p.m. – “30 Rock” (beginning January 12)

8:30-9 p.m. – “Parks and Recreation”

9-9:30 p.m. – “The Office”

9:30-10 p.m. – “Up All Night” (beginning January 12)

10-11 p.m. – “THE FIRM” (two-hour premiere Sunday January 8; Thursday time period premiere January 12)

FRIDAYS
8-9 p.m. – “Who Do You Think You Are?” (beginning February 3)

9-10 p.m. – “Grimm”

10-11 p.m. – “Dateline NBC”

SATURDAYS
8-9 p.m. – “Harry’s Law” (encore broadcasts)

9-10 -- “THE FIRM” (encore broadcasts)

10-11 p.m. – “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (encore broadcasts)


SUNDAYS
7-9 p.m. – “Dateline NBC” (beginning January 8)

8-9 p.m. – “Harry’s Law” (beginning March 4)

9-11 p.m. – “The Celebrity Apprentice” (beginning February 12)


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TNT and Hyatt Team Up on Unique Interactive Detective Experience for Fans of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles

Press Release
Release Date: 11/14/2011

TNT and Hyatt Team Up on Unique Interactive Detective Experience for Fans of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles

TNT and Hyatt are joining forces on a unique and exciting opportunity for fans of TNT’s hit dramas The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. The two high-profile brands are teaming up on the Armchair Detective Mystery Weekend, an exciting murder-mystery experience at two Hyatt Resorts. Fifty lucky fans will have the chance to spend a weekend trying to solve crimes like The Closer’s Brenda Leigh Johnson and Rizzoli & Isles’ Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles. New episodes of the two hit series are set to launch Monday, Nov. 28.

In a twist on popular murder-mystery parties, the Armchair Detective Mystery Weekend experience will begin with a nationwide sweepstakes to choose 50 fans to participate. Fans hoping to participate in the Armchair Detective Mystery Weekend can enter the sweepstakes at http://tnt.tv/armchairdetective from Nov. 14 to Dec. 31. Then in February 2012, Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa in California (Feb. 17-19) and Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort & Spa in Santa Ana, N.M. (Feb. 24-26) will each welcome 25 sweepstakes winners and their guests for an action-packed murder-mystery weekend.

During the Armchair Detective Mystery Weekend, the lucky winners will play the police detectives, while actors will play suspects, witnesses and other key players to drive the story and advance the game against the backdrop of a luxurious Hyatt resort. In addition, clues and advice will be provided by various characters from The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. Special prizes will go to participants who successfully solve the crime during their weekend stay.

The Armchair Detective Mystery Weekend will be promoted heavily by both TNT and Hyatt through their respective assets. TNT’s promotion will include exposure on-air, online at tnt.tv and through social media. Hyatt’s promotion will span more than 110 Hyatt properties, with branded key-card sleeves that invite fans to “unlock the evidence to close the case”; specially designed chocolate deserts and cocktails that play on the shows’ leading characters; lobby and restaurant signage; in-room messaging; Hyatt Gold Passport member emails and newsletters; and messaging on Hyatt.com and Hyatt social media outlets.

“TNT is pleased to team with Hyatt to provide our armchair detective fan base an immersive and entertaining experience,” said Tricia Melton, senior vice president of marketing for TBS, TNT and Turner Classic Movies. “The creative collaboration is intended to deepen the show connection with viewers, leveraging the compelling storytelling of The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. It’s always exciting to deliver new ways for our armchair detectives to engage with their favorite shows.”
”This is really a one-of-a-kind experience for fans of Hyatt and the TNT shows,” said Carlos Cabrera, senior vice president, field operations for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts. “We are thrilled to be working with TNT on this exclusive event and look forward to welcoming the ‘detectives’ to our beautiful resorts.”

The settings of the Armchair Detective Mystery Weekend will be truly spectacular. Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort and Spa offers unparalleled activities and amenities in an elegant oceanfront setting. Every comfort is indulged with richly appointed guestrooms and breathtaking ocean views. A lagoon-style pool and family-friendly activity pool, along with direct beach access, award-winning dining, and a full service spa and salon, make Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach the perfect Southern California destination.

Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa is located in New Mexico on 500 acres on the Pueblo of Santa Ana, situated between Santa Fe and Albuquerque and adjacent to the Sandia Mountains along the Rio Grande River. The resort’s 350 luxurious pueblo-style guestrooms showcase traditional designs created with natural materials, along with the modern comforts and pampering amenities. Old and new combine in the Tamaya Resort’s unique cultural environment, which offers traditional pueblo bread baking demonstrations and tribal dance performances.

TNT’s The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick, will be back this winter as the blockbuster series’ seventh and final season continues. This year, 2011 Emmy nominee and two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell has joined the cast of The Closer as Capt. Sharon Raydor, the role she will continue to play in TNT’s upcoming new series Major Crimes. In its seventh season, The Closer has averaged 8.7 million viewers, while its performance among key adult demos are up significantly over last season.

Topping the charts for the second consecutive year as basic cable’s most-watched drama, Rizzoli & Isles will return this winter with Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Developed for television by executive producer Janet Tamaro and based on characters created by best-selling crime novelist Tess Gerritsen, Rizzoli & Isles has averaged 8.9 million viewers in its second season.

The Closer is produced for TNT by Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin’s The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television. Rizzoli & Isles is produced for TNT by Warner Horizon Television, Janet Tamaro’s Hurdler Productions and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions.

About Hyatt Hotels Corporation
Hyatt Hotels Corporation, headquartered in Chicago, is a leading global hospitality company with a proud heritage of making guests feel more than welcome. Thousands of members of the Hyatt family strive to make a difference in the lives of the guests they encounter every day by providing authentic hospitality. The Company's subsidiaries manage, franchise, own and develop hotels and resorts under the Hyatt®, Park Hyatt®, Andaz®, Grand Hyatt®, Hyatt Regency®, Hyatt Place®and Hyatt Summerfield Suites® brand names and have locations on six continents. Hyatt Summerfield Suites is being rebranded as Hyatt House™. Hyatt Residential Group, Inc., a Hyatt Hotels Corporation subsidiary, develops, operates, markets or licenses Hyatt Residences™ and Hyatt Vacation Club®, which is changing its name to Hyatt Residence Club™. As of September 30, 2011, the Company's worldwide portfolio consisted of 478 properties in 45 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.hyatt.com.


About TNT
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama. Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as The Closer, starring Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander; Falling Skies, starring Noah Wyle; Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton; and Southland, from Emmy-winning producer John Wells, as well as the upcoming series Major Crimes, Dallas and Perception. TNT also presents compelling original movies, including a slate of thrillers set to premiere this fall in The TNT Mystery Movie Night showcase. TNT is the cable home to powerful dramas like The Mentalist, Bones, Supernatural, Las Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting next year, Castle; primetime specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards®; blockbuster movies; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the NBA and the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship. TNT is available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs branded news; entertainment; animation and young adult; and sports media environments on television and other platforms for consumers around the world.

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Friday, November 11, 2011

“The Closer: Relative Matters” Advance Photos & Episode Information

Here are advance photos and episode details for “The Closer: Relative Matters” which feature Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Tenney, Corey Reynolds, Raymond Cruz, Frances Sternhagen, and Barry Corbin.


“Relative Matters” – Monday, Dec. 12, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
The murder of a man under FBI surveillance puts the federal agents in hot water with the L.A.P.D. Special guest stars Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin return as Brenda’s parents, who have come to town for the holidays with surprising news that keeps Brenda’s mind from her case.

Directed by David McWhirter
Written by Ken Martin
Created by James Duff






Photo Credit: Karen Neal

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“The Closer: You Have The Right To Remain Jolly” Advance Photos & Episode Information

Here are advance photos and episode details for “The Closer: You Have The Right To Remain Jolly” which feature Kyra Sedgwick, Jon Tenney, Corey Reynolds, G.W. Bailey, Michael Paul Chan, and Raymond Cruz.


100th Episode: “You Have The Right to Remain Jolly” – Monday, Dec. 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

In the 100th episode of THE CLOSER, the holiday cheer is interrupted when Santa’s entrance into a Christmas Village via a zip line goes horribly wrong. Fred Willard guest stars as the village’s owner, Santa Jack, whom many believe to be the real Father Christmas. Christine Woods also guest stars as Buzz’s visiting sister, who helps Brenda and the Major Crimes Division solve the holiday case. And guest star Lauren Bowles plays the niece and business partner of Santa Jack (Willard).

Directed by Rick Wallace
Written by Michael Alaimo
Created by James Duff









Photo Credit: Mercedes Heinila

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