Time Warner’s Turner cable networks TNT, TBS and TruTV announced they will present new schedules to advertisers the same upfront week (5/14) as the broadcast networks, rather than in previous months/weeks. It makes sense–TNT has 14 new series in development; TBS has eight new projects in development; and TruTV, the former Court TV, has 10 in development.
TNT plans to have all original series in primetime for at least three days a week, reported The AP. It has already added new series like "Saving Grace" and "The Closer" to the schedule. Two new shows already given the go-ahead are "Raising the Bar," a legal thriller produced by Steven Bochco, and "Leverage," which stars Timothy Hutton leading a group of high-tech Robin Hoods. Eric McCormack and Tom Cavanagh are featured in "Truth in Advertising," about an ad firm in Chicago.
TruTV projects include series that follow the lives of a school principal, ski patrol member, helicopter rescue pilot in Maui and news helicopter pilot in LA.