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“I want our animated specials to be loved and last as long as the Grinch and Charlie Brown have been for me,” says Elf on the Shelf co-creator Chanda Bell. “The North Pole is the Greek mythology of our time. We want to tell all of Santa’s stories."
When TNT added King & Maxwell to its lineup this month, the detective show joined two-name titles Rizzoli & Isles and Franklin & Bash in our hometown network’s stable of original programming. Here are some other dual monikers TNT might want to pick up for future dramas.
The Ewings descend on an el cheapo hotel south of the border in the opening moments of tonight's tribute to Larry Hagman on TNT's Dallas at9 p.m. Oil man patriarch J.R. Ewing was supposed to be in Abu Dhabi cutting a business deal. So why is his bullet-riddled body in a Mexican morgue?
Just a handful of episodes into shooting the second season of TNT's successful reboot of "Dallas" on location in Texas last fall, the primetime soap's iconic star Larry Hagman unexpectedly died after a long battle with cancer. Since J.R. Ewing is hardwired into the drama's DNA, Hagman's passing left a hole the size of The Lone Star State itself in the show's storyline. The actor's longtime cast mates Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, meanwhile, were left to eulogize their friend both in real life and grieve on screen.
TNT pulls off the seemingly impossible with its stylish relaunch of the “Dallas” franchise debuting Wednesday night at 9 p.m.on the Atlanta-based basic cable drama network — it immediately sucks you back into the original show’s nonsensical whirlpool of greed, illicit affairs, oil and real estate. But it’s a guilty pleasure with a legacy and soul.
At this point, we don't even care if this summer's reincarnation of "Dallas" on TNT is any good. The ad campaign revealed Wednesday by the Atlanta-based drama network is hilarious. Somehow, they convinced Larry Hagman (who is now 80!), Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray, the veteran actors from the original long-running CBS nighttime sudser to hit the showers with their nubile next generation cast members, including former "Desperate Housewives" actors Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe (who play squabbling Ewing cousins, natch) and "Fast and Furious" thespian Jordana Brewster.
Former "The Walking Dead" executive producer Frank Darabont's connections to Atlanta didn't end with his unceremonious Season Two ouster as boss on the Atlanta-shot hit zombie drama last year. "The Shawshank Redemption" director has now struck a deal with Atlanta's TNT to co-produce a pilot of "L.A. Noir" for the basic cable drama network. According to TNT reps, the show will be set in Los Angeles in the 1940s and 1950s and track "the epic battle L.A. police chief William Parker and mobster Mickey Cohen." The show will be a fictionalized account of author John Buntin's critically acclaimed non-fiction account of the era, "L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America's Most Seductive City."
This just in: Atlanta-based TNT just announced it has renewed its ambitious sci-fi drama "Falling Skies" for a second 10-episode season to air in the summer of 2012. In a recent interview with Intel, "Falling Skies" actor Noah Wyle indicated he hoped for an early pick up for season two since producing the special effects-laden drama is a lengthy process with a lot of post-shoot CGI work. The show is produced by Dreamworks Television with Steven Spielberg serving as executive producer.