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Turner Entertainment chief creative officer Kevin Reilly is keen on his networks’ latest slate of originals. The cable suite on Wednesday announced renewals for three series, ordering second seasons of TNT’s Animal Kingdom and TBS’ Wrecked, as well as a third season of TBS’ Angie Tribeca.
“A year ago we began reinventing TBS, and thanks to the incredible talent behind these shows, we’ve come a long way in a very short amount of time,” said TBS executive vp original programming Brett Weitz. “Pulling the trigger on renewals early allows us to build on our success by giving fans new seasons more quickly.”
TNT executive vp original programming Sarah Aubrey added, “Animal Kingdom has signaled the new tone for TNT dramas and is moving the network in the direction we hoped it would. I’m confident that our strategy of working with high-caliber talent and then getting out of their way will continue to pay off.”
The news comes off of a string of renewals for other Reilly-era programming, most notably at TBS. The network had previously given an early green light to a second season of Angie Tribeca, first ordered before TBS and TNT programming topper Michael Wright departed in 2014. TBS has since renewed The Detour and ordered more episodes of talker Full Frontal With Samantha Bee.
Each of the series has had a new kind of rollout for the Turner portfolio — and while linear ratings have not hit the highs of exiting TNT flagship Rizzoli and Isles, or even TBS’ successful syndication of The Big Bang Theory, multiplatform views have increased all series’ hauls.
For Wrecked, that’s an average audience of 5.2 million viewers. Angie Tribeca trails with 2.6 million per episode. And Animal Kingdom, which only premiered June 14, is reaching an average 6.7 million viewers and growing from its launch.
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