Wednesday, May 7, 2014

TNT Picks Up Dramas 'Proof' Starring Jennifer Beals & 'Public Morals' Created by & Starring Edward Burns

On the heels of TBS first series ender this development season, TNT has picked up to series supernatural medical drama Proof starring Jennifer Beals & executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick and period drama Public Morals created by and starring Edward Burns.

The pilot for Proof was written by Rob Bragin and directed by Alex Graves, both will serve as executive producers alongside Sedgwick, Jill Littman and Tom Jacobson. Production on 10 episodes will begin later this year for a series launch in 2015.

Also starring on the drama are Joe Morton, Matthew Modine, Callum Blue, Edi Gathegi, Annie Thurman, Sean Gleeson and Caroline Rose Kaplan.

In Proof, Beals plays Dr. Carolyn Tyler, a brilliant surgeon with a caustic edge. Carolyn has suffered the recent, devastating loss of her teenage son, the breakup of her marriage to Dr. Len Barliss (Gleeson) and a growing estrangement from their daughter (Thurman). But Carolyn's own trauma hasn't deterred her from her charitable outreaches, which include helping disaster victims in far-flung trouble spots throughout the world.

Despite her skeptical, hard-science attitude, Carolyn is persuaded by a cancer-stricken tech millionaire (Modine) to investigate cases of reincarnation, out-of-body experiences, hauntings and other supernatural phenomena. Her goal is to find verifiable proof to life's greatest questions: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond?

Helping - or sometimes hindering - Carolyn in her quest are her boss, Dr. Charles Russell (Morton), the head of the hospital, and Peter Van Owen (Blue), a best-selling author who claims to be psychic. Gathegi plays Zed, a hospital intern from the Sudan who assists Carolyn, and Kaplan plays Janel Ramsey, Turing's assistant.

"Proof is a fascinating series that takes on one of our most compelling questions: What happens when we die?" said Michael Wright, President, Head of Programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). "Jennifer Beals does a terrific job bringing her complex character to life, and she's surrounded by an outstanding ensemble cast. We're especially thrilled to be collaborating once again with Kyra Sedgwick, whose work on The Closer helped pave the way for TNT's ever-growing slate of hit original series."

Public Morals was written, directed, executive produced and starring Edward Burns. The series marks TNT's latest collaboration with Amblin Television, and executive producers Steven Spielberg, Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank. Also executive producing is Aaron Lubin. TNT has ordered 10 episodes, which will premiere 2015.

Public Morals centers on New York City's Public Morals Division in the 1960s, where cops walk the line between morality and criminality as the temptations that come from dealing with all kinds of vice threaten to get the better of them. The show centers on Officer Terry Muldoon (Burns), who is determined to raise his sons to be honest and hardworking as he deals with the city's dark underbelly.

Michael Rapaport plays Muldoon's partner, Charlie Bullman, the muscle of the Public Morals Division, and Elizabeth Masucci is Christine, Muldoon's wife. The cast also includes Ruben Santiago-Hudson as Lt. King; Wass Stevens as Vince Latucci; Keith Nobbs as Pat Duffy; Austin Stowell as Sean O'Bannon; Patrick Murney as Petey "Mac" McKenna; Katrina Bowden as Fortune; Lyndon Smith as Deirdre; and Brian Wiles as Jimmy Shea.

Guest starring in the pilot are Oscar winner Timothy Hutton as Mr. O, a smooth Irish gangster, and Robert Knepper as Inspector Flynn, a veteran boss on the verge of retirement.

"Edward Burns is one of my favorite filmmakers, and in Public Morals, he has created an incredibly authentic series, inspired by his own life growing up in a family of cops in 1960s New York," said Wright. "We've seen many stories about organized crime and corruption in the city, but this is a different way into that world as seen through the eyes of Irish-Americans, many of whom worked as police officers. We're also excited to have the inspired creative guidance of Steven Spielberg and our partners at Amblin Television on what is certain to be one of the most talked about new series of 2015."