TNT bonds with 'Men' for series from Romano


The pickup season at TNT continues with a series order for Ray Romano's midlife-crisis drama "Men of a Certain Age."

"Men," Romano's first series since the Emmy-winning CBS comedy "Everybody Loves Raymond," has been picked up for 10 episodes to premiere this year.

Written by Romano and "Raymond" alum Mike Royce, "Men" explores the bonds of friendship through the eyes of college buddies — Joe (Romano), Owen (Andre Braugher) and Terry (Scott Bakula) — who are in their 40s.

Royce, who will serve as showrunner, is executive producing with Romano, Rory Rosegarten and Cary Hoffman.

The order for "Men" comes on the heels of two similar 10-episode pickups by TNT last week, for the Jada Pinkett Smith-starring medical drama "Time Heals" and the Jerry Bruckheimer- produced cop drama "The Line," starring Dylan McDermott. (partialdiff)