May 14, 2014 6:30am PT by Lesley Goldberg
TV Upfronts: TNT, TBS Developing Projects From Joe Carnahan, Steve McPherson, 'Office' Alums
TNT will undergo a brand refresh starting May 19 in a bid to court younger viewers and even its male-female demographic with a slate of genre, action-adventure, sci-fi/fantasy and mystery-suspense dramas. Gone is the "We Know Drama" tagline in favor of "TNT Drama. Boom" in what the network says reflects powerful and emotional moments that resonate from its roster of returning series and three new series including Public Morals, Proof and The Librarians. (Watch trailers for all of TNT's new shows here.)
"Today, we are introducing an aggressive update of our drama brand -- our look, our tone and the content behind it," said Michael Wright, president, head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies. " 'Boom' speaks to the experience we want to deliver to TNT viewers. It's about the thrill of the chase, or overcoming impossible odds and winning the day; it's about what keeps you on the edge of your seat, hands clenched, heart racing, waiting to see what happens next; it's about the moment when it all goes 'Boom!' Most importantly, 'Boom' makes a promise to our audience about the kind of emotional, intense, exciting, funny, shocking, sexy and thrilling drama they should expect from TNT."
On the development side, TNT is developing seven new dramas from writers and producers including Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist), Greg Berlanti, Steve McPherson and Donnie Wahlberg. The seven new dramas join drama pilot Agent X, which will be redeveloped after the network declined to pick up the Sharon Stone starrer to series last week. (A full list of the new dramas is below.)
Over at TBS, meanwhile, the comedy-themed sibling network is teaming with The Office's Ed Helms and John Krasinski for three new comedies as the cabler replenishes its inventory after ordering Tribeca, Your Family or Mine and Buzzy's to series. (Watch trailers for all of TBS' new shows here.)
Here's a look at both slates:
TNT Scripted Series in Development
Producers: Wild West Picture Show Productions, Peter Billingsley (Iron Man, Sullivan & Son), Vince Vaughn (Sullivan & Son, Wedding Crashers), Victoria Vaughn (Couples Retreat), Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire)
Writer: Chris Collins (Sons of Anarchy, The Wire)
When a highly trained ex-Special Ops soldier uncovers a global cover-up that forces him to go off the grid, he discovers a new purpose helping those who cannot help themselves.
Producers: Invention Film Co., Nicky Weinstock, Scott Winant (True Blood), John Scott Shepherd (Save Me, Life or Something Like It)
Writer: John Scott Shepherd
This atmospheric supernatural drama centers on a volatile race of creatures who are committing brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest, and the reluctant FBI investigator who pairs with a female assassin to track them. Breed mixes suspense, excitement and humor to create an exhilarating ride full of unexpected moments and unforgettable characters.
Ed McBain's 87th Precinct
Producers: Donnie Wahlberg (Boston's Finest), Jonathan Baruch, Rob Wolken
One of the longest-running crime series ever published, Ed McBain's 87th Precinct series includes 82 novels. This new series centers on Detective Steve Carella and the 87th Precinct as they investigate the toughest cases while juggling their own personal struggles.
Producers: Mark Gordon (Criminal Minds, Grey's Anatomy), Nick Pepper, Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist), John Glenn (Eagle Eye, The Lazarus Project)
Director: Joe Carnahan (The Blacklist)
Writers: John Glenn (Eagle Eye, The Lazarus Project) and Joe Carnahan
Studio: Sonar Entertainment
A team is sent back in time from 2027 to 2014 to disrupt a series of events that will lead to a cataclysmic war in the future – but something goes wrong, trapping them in 2014 Manhattan. Cut off from their time and their families, the team must try to complete their unprecedented, high-stakes mission without any help from the future.
Producers: Steve McPherson (Wonder Monkey Entertainment), Gonzague Requillart (La Parisienne D'images), Harley Peyton (Dracula, Friends With Benefits)
Writer: Harley Peyton (Dracula, Friends with Benefits)
Awakened on a train with no memory of who she is or how she got there and then discovering that a chip has been implanted in her brain to transform her into a powerful human weapon, Kali must embark on a harrowing journey of survival and redemption. She will find herself at the center of two warring teams fighting to control her as she begins the battle to take back her life. Based on a French web series.
Producers: Greg Berlanti (Arrow, Brothers & Sisters), Nick Wootton (Prison Break, NYPD Blue), Alon Aranya (Betrayal, Hostages), Rob Golenberg (Betrayal)
Writer: Nick Wootton (Prison Break, NYPD Blue)
Studio: Warner Horizon
This conspiracy thriller opens as President Dominic Avery awakens from a 13-month coma. Battered and out of office, he realizes that the attempt on his life wasn't from foreign terrorists. It was a homegrown plan. No longer the president, he uses his Detroit-bred cunning to investigate his own attempted murder, unearthing suspects in the new administration, the wealthy political world and even his own family. President X is an engrossing and intense thriller packed with heart-stopping discoveries.
Producers: James Middleton (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), Jaime Paglia (Eureka), Robbie Thompson (Supernatural)
Writer: Robbie Thompson (Supernatural)
Studio: Universal Cable Productions
Based on characters created by Stephen King, this supernatural thriller centers on The Shop, a mysterious organization that once exploited the pyrokinetic abilities of a young girl named Charlie McGee. Twenty years after bringing the organization to its knees in a blaze of fire, Charlie has been tracked down by one of its former members, Henry Talbot. Talbot introduces Charlie to a group of people just like her, all products of The Shop with their own unique abilities. It turns out The Shop is very much alive, bigger and badder than ever, and its dark experiments are unleashing terrifying new entities on the world. It's now up to Talbot, Charlie and the rest of the team to find The Shop and destroy it for good.
TBS Series in Development
Producers: Ed Helms and Mike Falbo (Pacific Electric Picture Co.), Pat O'Neill (Knight and Day).
Writer: Pat O'Neill (Knight and Day)
From executive producer Ed Helms, Good Bread is a half-hour comedy about a tough but likable by-the-book real estate developer forced to partner with an idealistic young woman whose efforts to lead a meaningful, non-cynical life have become a disaster. The show takes place in and around the Good Bread Cafe, which sits at the epicenter of an urban neighborhood teetering on the brink of gentrification, a place where classes, cultures and personalities collide.
Jackass of All Trades
Producer: John Krasinski, Adam Goldworm (Masters of Horror), Seth Fisher (Blumenthal) & Daniel McKey, Sunday Night Productions
Writers: Seth Fisher (Blumenthal) & Daniel McKey
Executive produced by John Krasinski, this comedy centers on an emotionally stunted adult doing what it takes to provide for his family. He's a jack-of-all-trades who often finds work doing odd jobs online with the help of his genius – or mentally unstable – brother-in-law, who lives behind his house.
Jake & Amir
Producers: Ricky Van Veen (College Humor), Ed Helms and Mike Falbo (Pacific Electric Picture Co.), Mike Lisbe & Nate Reger, Amir Blumenfeld & Jake Hurwitz,
Writers: Mike Lisbe & Nate Reger (Cougar Town, Men at Work), Amir Blumenfeld & Jake Hurwitz
Amir Blumenfeld and Jake Hurwitz (better known as Jake & Amir) are the subjects of this odd-couple comedy about two best friends and co-workers: Jake, the sensible "regular guy," and Amir, the obsessive oddball. Together they must navigate the cubicles of their workplace, stand up to the corporate man and try to function with their dysfunctional co-workers, all while maintaining their shenanigans. Based on the most popular and longest-running web series in the history of College Humor, this comedy is being executive produced by Ed Helms.