Turner Network Television will roll out more original films and a second
dramatic series, while TBS Superstation will add more movie franchises next
The Turner Broadcasting System Inc. networks announced the programming
additions as part of their upfront presentations in New York Monday.
TNT is scheduled to launch The Residents, a one-hour series, in summer
2003. Created by R.J. Cutler (American High, The War Room), the
show will go behind the scenes at a medical center, chronicling the professional
and personal lives of young physicians who have just left medical school.
The second season of Witchblade, TNT's current original series, is set
to bow with a two-hour premiere June 16 at 8 p.m.
In other series news, TNT will shift Charmed -- which it has been
airing in a repurposed window Tuesdays at 10 p.m. following its premiere on
sister network The WB Television Network -- to daytime this fall as part of its
cable-exclusive syndication deal.
Further out, TNT will begin airing CBS drama Judging Amy in fall
Upcoming movie projects include King of Texas June 2; Door to
Door, the first film under the 'Johnson & Johnson Spotlight
Presentations' banner, in July; Monte Walsh, starring Tom Selleck, in
January 2003; Framed, showcasing Rob Lowe, in April 2003; and Second
Nature, a psychological thriller starring and executive-produced by Tom
For its part, TBS will add a quartet of movie franchises beginning this fall.
'The Man-Made Movie: The College Years' will serve as the lead-out for the
channel's new lineup of Pacific 10 and Big 12 college-football games.
Saturday mornings will be home to How Stuff Works, based on Marshall Brains' book series
and Web site
. Hosted by Brain, the showcase wraps a movie in
segments that demonstrate how things, whether ordinary or extraordinary,
Ladies will have their say with 'Movie & a Makeover' Sunday mornings. In
addition to 'chick flicks,' the segment will be complemented by a host supplying
fashion tips and home decorating ideas.
On Thursday nights starting in October, 'Man Made
Movies' will shift to Tuesdays as TBS unveils 'The Movie Break.' This franchise
will aim at younger viewers, wrapping films with the latest news on Hollywood,
television, music, video games and the Internet.