Friday, March 14, 2014

TNT Announces Premiere Dates for 'Major Crimes,' 'Murder in the First,' 'Rizzoli & Isles,' 'Dallas,' 'Perception' & 'Franklin & Bash'

Last week, TNT set premiere dates for Falling Skies, The Last Ship and Legends. Today, the cable network has unveiled the rest of its summer scheduling plans - with premiere dates for Major Crimes, Rizzoli & Isles, Perception and Franklin & Bash; the launch date for Murder in the First; and the second half of Dallas' third season.

"This summer TNT is continuing to expand and energize its line-up with both returning audience favorites and new series that speak to the future direction of our brand promise: If you love drama that thrills, turn to TNT," said Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "We're excited to offer our audience a variety of programming - action-adventure, crime-drama, mystery and suspense - all delivering on our promise to take viewers on a thrilling ride and leave them satisfied at the end."

TNT will launch its summer lineup with the season 3 premiere of Major Crimes starring Mary McDonnell on Monday, June 9 at 9/8c. It will be followed by the launch of the new drama series Murder in the First starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson at 10/9c.

"Murder in the First is unique among TNT's crime-dramas by focusing on one intense, complicated case across an entire season, with several surprises and twists along the way," said Wright. "Created by Steven Bochco, one of the most successful and acclaimed television producers of all time, Murder in the First is the kind of drama that viewers will want to follow from the beginning. So after each episode premieres on TNT, we're going to extend its availability via TNT's mobile apps and website through the end of the season, giving viewers plenty of opportunities to jump in at any time and catch up on past episodes."

The summer lineup will continue on Tuesday, June 17 at 9/8c. with the launch of the fifth season of Rizzoli & Isles starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, followed by the third season premiere of Perception starring Eric McCormack at 10/9c.

As was previously announced, The Last Ship and Falling Skies will premiere on Sunday, June 22 starting at 9/8c.

The second wave of dramas will launch later in the summer, starting withDallas as it returns for the second half of its third season on Monday, August 18 at 9/8c.

Closing out the summer lineup and leading into fall, TNT will premiere new drama Legends on Wednesday, August 20 at 9/8c. - which was announced last week. It will be followed at 10/9c. by the season four premiere of Franklin & Bash starring Mark Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer.