10:54am PT by Philiana Ng
TNT Announces Return Dates for Four Series, Launches Original Movie Lineup
TNT has announced return dates for four of its series, including the premiere of Southland.
Southland returns for its fourth season beginning Jan. 17, 2012 at 10 p.m. to begin its 10-episode run. Starring Michael Cudlitz, Shawn Hatosy, Ben McKenzie and Regina King, the police drama will welcome Lucy Liu, who will play a member of the Los Angeles Police Department.
The Closer is back for its second half of its seventh season on Monday, Nov. 28 at 9 p.m. for five episodes, but that won't be the end of the series. The Closer will return next summer for six episodes as Kyra Sedgwick prepares to exit, followed by the debut of spinoff Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell as Capt. Sharon Raydor. Following The Closer will be Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, which returns for five episodes at 10 p.m.
Leverage returns for the second half of its fourth season on Sunday, Nov. 27 for eight episodes. The Timothy Hutton series is currently averaging 4.8 million viewers.
Additionally, TNT will broadcast this year's Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday, Jan. 29 at 8 p.m. Christmas in Washington holiday concert special will air Friday, Dec. 16 at 8 p.m.
The network also announced the launch of TNT Mystery Movie Night, which features six original telepics beginning Tuesday, Nov. 29 at 9 p.m. with Scott Turow's Innocent, starring Bill Pulman, Marcia Gay Harden, Tahmoh Penikett and Alfred Molina. Ricochet, based on the book by Sandra Brown, stars John Corbett, Gary Cole and Julie Benz and debuts Wednesday, Nov. 30 at 9 p.m. Carla Gugino, Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Kevin Alejandro star in Hide, airing Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 9 p.m. and based on the book by Lisa Gardner.
Silent Witness airs Wednesday, Dec. 7 at 9 p.m. with Dermot Mulroney as a prominent defense attorney Tony Lord who defends an old friend (Cudlitz). Good Morning, Killer, adapted from April Smith's novel, is led by Catherine Bell and Cole Hauser and airs Tuesday, Dec. 13 at 9 p.m. Deck the Halls, starring Kathy Najimy and Scottie Thompson in the holiday mystery telepic, is based on the first book by Mary and Carol Higgins Clark's book series; it airs Tuesday, Dec. 20 at 9 p.m.