TNT and TBS Tap Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Carell for New Shows
TNT recently picked up "The Last Ship" from Michael Bay, Frank Darabont's "Lost Angels" and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson-hosted reality series "The Hero" among others for its 2014 line-up, but the network and TBS announced more collaborations with big names during Turner Upfront presentation on Wednesday, May 15. The sister channels are teaming up with the likes of Steven Spielberg, Sylvester Stallone, Steve Carell and Jamie Foxx to develop other potential new series.
Spielberg is among the board of executive producers of "Portal House" and "Peter Gunn", which are both are developed for TNT. The former follows a group of young scientists who find a portal into the time-space continuum while investigating what they believe to be a haunted house.
"Peter Gunn" is the re-imagining of the classic post-modern Blake Edwards-created series of the same name. It centers on the title character, a well-dressed private investigator, who uses his charm to bring down the bad guys, save his hometown and win back the love of the gal he left behind. Scott Rosenberg, Jeff Pinkner, Josh Appelbaum and Andre Nemec write this drama as well as "Portal House".
With Stallone and Chris Fedak as some of the executive producers, TNT is working to bring "The Last Cop" about LAPD cop Mick Branigan who awakens to a changed world after almost 20 years in a coma. Famous novelist Nicholas Sparks, meanwhile, teams up with Theresa Park and Brandon Camp to turn his book "A Bend in the Road" into a TV show centering on Sheriff Miles Ryan who begins to unravel secret about the unsolved murder of his wife.
Two other based-on-novel projects "Guilt by Association" and "Lew Archer" are also in the works for the cable channel, in addition to primetime soap "Crushed".
TBS, meanwhile, teams up with Steve and Nancy Carell for "Tribeca" (working title), a comedy about an eccentric but brilliant group of people who investigate crime. Jamie Foxx and Jaime King are developing "Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me", which is inspired by the actor's relationship with his 18-year-old daughter.
"Dream House" (working title) from Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman, "Bad Parents" which is executive produced by Walt Becker, Andrew Panay and Brent Golberg, as well as David Kohan and Max Mutchnick's "Clipsters" are other potential new scripted series on TBS.
Also at the presentation, Turner announced its plans to become the first national entertainment networks to steam on-air content live across multiple platforms 24/7. "Our goal is to be a multi-stream video company," Turner Entertainment Networks president Steve Koonin stated.
To achieve it, TBS and TNT will make their programs available for online streaming via their websites and the newly-created Watch TNT and Watch TBS apps starting this summer.
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