TNT has gone on a renewal/cancellation blitz, issuing verdicts for almost every programme in their catalogue. Three shows will be back in 2016 while three more have been cancelled.
In addition to the previously renewed Rizzoli and Isles and The Last Ship, Major Crimes, Murder in the First and The Librarians will all be returning to the air with new seasons in 2016.
Major Crimes is a spin off of the network’s long running police procedural The Closer and essentially continues the stories of the Major Crimes Division of the Los Angeles police department. The show retains much of its predecessor’s main cast with the notable exception of The Closer‘s lead, Kyra Sedgewick, who is replaced in the new programme by Mary McDonnell.
Created by Primetime Emmy Award nominee James Duff (The Closer, The Agency), the show is currently airing its fourth season and will now return for a fifth in 2016. Major Crimes stars two-time Academy Award nominee Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica, Independence Day), G.W. Bailey (The Closer, Police Academy: Mission to Moscow), Tony Denison (The Closer, Atlus Shrugged: Part III), Michael Paul Chan (The Closer, Arrested Development), Raymond Cruz (Alien: Resurrection, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money), Kearran Giovani (One Life to Live, Beauty and the Beast), Philip P. Keene (The Closer, I Am Death), Graham Patrick Martin (Two and a Half Men, The Bill Engvall Show), Jonathan Del Arco (The Closer, Dollhouse) and Robert Gossett (The Closer, Batman Returns).
Murder in the First, created by ten-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Steven Bocho (NYPD Blue, LA Law) and Eric Lodal (Laredo, The Locrian Mode), will return for a third season in 2016. The series focuses on a team of homicide detectives who investigate, strangely enough, homicides.
Each season covers a single case and features a host of new cast members each year as a result, in addition to a permanent company of core cast members. Those cast members include Screen Actor’s Guild Award winner Taye Diggs (Private Practice, Chicago), Kathleen Robertson (Boss, Beverly Hills 90210), Ian Anthony Dale (The Event, Hawaii Five O), Raphael Sbarge (Once Upon a Time, Mass Effect 3), Lombardo Boyar (Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Happy Feet Two), Currie Graham (Assault on Precinct 13, Stargate: The Ark of Truth), Mimi Kirkland (Safe Haven, Austin and Ally), Laila Robins (Too Big To Fail, Homeland), Emmanuelle Chriqui (Wrong Turn, You Don’t Mess with the Zohan) and A. J. Buckley (CSI: New York, Justified).
Finally, The Librarians is a sequel series to The Librarian trilogy of television films that aired on TNT from 2004 to 2008. The series follows a group of uniquely skilled individuals known as Librarians, tasked with preventing the world’s deadliest magical artefacts from falling into the wrong hands. Developed by John Rogers (The Player, Leverage), the show will return for a third season in late 2016. The Librarians stars Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Rebecca Romijn (X-Men: The Last Stand, Ugly Betty), Teen Choice Award nominee Christian Kane (Angel, Leverage), Lindy Booth (Dawn of the Dead, Kick Ass 2), John Harlan Kim (The Pacific, Neighbours), five-time Primetime Emmy Award winner John Larroquette (Night Court, Boston Legal) and five-time Primetime Emmy Award nominee Noah Wyle (ER, Falling Skies).
TNT also issued more negative edicts for Legends, Public Morals and Agent X. All three series were cancelled outright following poor ratings.
Legends, which is in the middle of airing its second (and now final) season, follows an elite undercover agent with an uncanny ability to create a perfectly realised persona for each case he undertakes, only to find the lines between fact and fiction blurring, resulting in him questioning his own sanity. Based on the Robert Littell novel Legends: A Novel of Dissimulation and developed by three-time Primetime Emmy Award winner Howard Gordon (24, Homeland), Legends boasts several recognisable names in its cast, which includes Screen Actor’s Guild Award winner Sean Bean (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Goldeneye), Steve Kazee (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Shameless), Winter Ave Zoli (Sons of Anarchy, Hellboy), Klara Issova (Last Knights, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian), Aisling Franciosi (The Fall, Jimmy’s Hall), Kelly Overton (True Blood, Desperation), Ralph Brown (Alien 3, Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace) and Morris Chestnut (The Call, Kick Ass 2).
Agent X and Public Morals were both only in their first season, the former being a loopy action thriller from William Blake Herron (The Bourne Identity, A Texas Funeral). The frankly absurd sounding narrative followed the vice president of the United States as she fought threats to national security with the assistance of a secret agent and her butler. The series’ strong cast didn’t do it much good in the end; it starred Academy Award nominee Sharon Stone (Basic Instinct, Total Recall), Jeff Hephner (Boss, Interstellar), Jamey Sheridan (Law and Order: Criminal Intent, Homeland), Primetime Emmy Award winner John Shea (Gossip Girl, Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman), Mike Colter (Men in Black III, Zero Dark Thirty) and Gerald McRaney (House of Cards, Deadwood).
Finally, Public Morals is a period drama created, written, directed by and starring Edward Burns (Saving Private Ryan, Sidewalks of New York). Set in the 1960s, the series followed a group of Irish American vice cops and their attempts to keep the streets clean while also dealing with their own personal problems.
Public Morals also starred Michael Rapaport (The 6th Day, Men of Honor), Elizabeth Masucci (Shame, Dorothy and the Witches of Oz), Katrina Bowden (30 Rock, Tucker and Dale vs Evil), Primetime Emmy Award nominee Ruben Santiago-Hudson (The Devil’s Advocate, Castle), Wass Stevens (The Wrestler, Brooklyn’s Finest), Keith Nobbs (Phone Booth, The Pacific), Austin Stowell (Whiplash, Bridge of Spies), Patrick Murney (Person of Interest, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit), Lyndon Smith (Secret in Their Eyes, Parenthood), Brian Wiles (Person of Interest, Turn: Washington’s Spies), Cormac Cullinane (Honestly Amelia, The Great Kevini), Screen Actors Guild Award nominee Neal McDonough (Desperate Housewives, Captain America: The First Avenger), Golden Globe Award winner Brian Dennehy (Rambo: First Blood, Romeo + Juliet), Academy Award winner Timothy Hutton (Ordinary People, American Crime), Robert Knepper (Prison Break, The Day the Earth Stood Still), Fredric Lehne (The Dark Knight Rises, Zero Dark Thirty), Kevin Corrigan (The Departed, Community), Peter Gerety (War of the Worlds, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit) and Aaron Dean Eisenberg (Forever, Law and Order: Special Victims Unit).