Wednesday, May 16, 2012

TNT Announces Prime Time Crime Series in Development

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This has been a "travel week" for us so we're way behind on all our prime time crime news. We hope to get caught up tomorrow.

In the meantime, TNT announced in a press release today several new series in development that piqued our interest.

King and Maxwell is based on characters created by crime novelist David Baldacci. "Both are former secret service agents, and their unique skill set (not to mention their razor-sharp chemistry) often gives them a leg up on both suspects and conventional law enforcement."

The Last Ship, based on a novel of the same title by William Brinkley, has "the crew of a naval destroyer forced to confront the reality of a new existence when a pandemic decimates most of the earth's population." (We're really not fans of apocalyptic storylines, so this is probably the least interesting of the cable network's announcements today.)

Legends, based on the novel by Robert Littell, "follows a deep-cover operative named Martin Odum, who has an uncanny ability to transform himself into a different person for each job. But his own identity comes into question when a mysterious stranger suggests that Martin isn’t who he thinks he is."

Lew Archer, based on — not surprisingly — a character created by Ross Macdonald … though the press release gets the pseudonymous author's name wrong.

Tom Clancy's Homeland Security, which is set in the author's fictional world but doesn't seem to be based on any specific novel or character.

And an untitled "Murder Mystery Project", an "intriguing crime drama [that] will intimately dissect a single murder case over an entire season, from the commitment of the crime through the investigation, arrest and trial."

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