Category: TNT

Totally massive summer TV blowout

Cleveland Hey, kids, it's summer and, for better or worse -- you may have thought about getting off the couch now that the days are long, but, um, sorry -- a massive amount of new television is headed your way. Premiering series, returning shows, random one-night stands.

Once it was all about the fall, but summer is no bummer. We (the royal we) have done you the favor of cataloging a great deal of this coming product -- from the oh-so-kissable "Mad Men" to a puppet-monkey in rehab (MTV's "Warren the Ape") to the quartet of famous human foxes starring in TV Land's first original sitcom, "Hot in Cleveland" (above). Name them and I will send you a penny, maybe. (Probably not.) I did neglect to include Starz's eight-part adaptation of "The Pillars of the Earth," Ken Follett's novel of 12th century England, but that just tells you what an unmanageable amount of new TV is bearing down on us. The report is online now, and will appear in this Sunday's Calendar on keepsake newsprint. 

--Robert Lloyd (twitter.com/LATimesTVLloyd)

Photo: "Hot in Cleveland" cast. credit: Craig T. Mathew / TV Land

TNT arrests 'Law & Order' rumors

TNT has brought the gavel down on "Law & Order."

Ever since the recent cancellation of the 20-year-old landmark series by NBC, speculation has continued to swirl that a cable network might pick up the drama, which is tied with "Gunsmoke" as the longest-running series in TV history. Most of those rumors have centered on the possible interest of TNT, which last year picked up NBC's canceled "Southland."

Dick Wolf, the show's creator, has said he is interested in keeping the show alive.

But Turner Broadcasting executives said in a statement Tuesday that "Law & Order" is not in their future.

"We are not in current talks, and we are not interested in a Season 21," the statement said.

Though Turner may not be interested in resurrecting the drama, officials familiar with the situation said the company, which holds rerun rights to the series, must approve any deals involving the future of "Law & Order." 

-- Greg Braxton


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