News Briefs: So Many Premiere Dates, for A&E, TBS, TNT, Starz, and More


... TNT has switched up some of its summer premieres dates, so listen up! Franklin & Bash (yes!) will now kick off its third season on June 19; it was previously scheduled to start on July 24. If this news ruins your summer vacation, TNT will refund your money. The fourth season of Rizzoli & Isles will begin June 25, a week later than before. Ditto for the second season of Perception, which will debut an hour after Rizzoli & Isles returns. And finally, reality show Cold Justice will now premiere on September 3. [TNT via press release]

... Starz's Magic City has a Season 2 premiere date: Friday, June 14 at 9pm. In related news, this show still exists! [Starz via press release]

... A&E has put some dates on the second season of Longmire and the fourth season of The Glades. The Western and the Florida-set crime drama will both return May 27, with The Glades kicking things off at 9pm and Longmire following at 10pm. [A&E via press release]

... TLC's Long Island Medium will be back for Season 4 on May 12 at 9pm. No need to tell her, she already knew! [TLC via press release]

... Lifetime's Devious Maids, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, finally has a premiere date: Sunday June 23 at 10pm. The soapy drama centers on Latina maids in Beverly Hills who aspire for more while they dust the cubbyholes of the rich and famous. Ana Ortiz, Dania Ramirez, Roselyn Sanchez, and Judy Reyes star in the series, which was once in development at ABC. [Lifetime via press release]   

... TBS wants you to know that the second season of Sullivan & Son premieres Thursday, June 13. But don't feel like you have to watch it just because TBS went out of its way to make sure you knew it was on. [TBS via press release]


... Yvonne Strahovski is returning to Dexter in Season 8, reprising her role as Hannah McKay. We don't know the magnitude of her return or how many episodes she'll be in, but we do know that it's inappropriate to lick the television when she's on the screen at a Best Buy (source: personal experience). [EW


... Following up on its two inexplicably huge miniseries Hatfields & McCoys and The Bible, History is developing a new mini based on the life of Harry Houdini, the famous late-1800s/early-1900s magician who makes Criss Angel look like a pussy. Academy Award-winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Stella Artois ads) is attached to star as Magic Harry. [EW]  

... ReelzChannel has ordered a reality show following the descendants of old-time gangster Al Capone, and it's called The Capones. Well this should get ReelzChannel on the map! [Multichannel]

... The Veronica Mars movie Kickstarter campaign has passed $5 million with two days left to go. So all of you who pledged $500 when you were drunk are in for a shock on Friday! But hey, at least you'll have a cool voice-\mail message from Kristen Bell. [Kickstarter]

... When I think Black Sabbath, I immediately think "This would sound SO cool on CSI." Well, me, get excited because Ozzy and the boys are dropping by the CBS procedural for a guest spot to debut their new single. Characters D.B. Russell (Ted Danson) and Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann) will attend a Black Sabbath concert, and the old rockers will be there moaning out their new tune. [CBS via press release]

... NBC has renewed Carson Daly's Last Call with Carson Daly for a thirteenth season, probably as a way to tell Daly, "Don't even think we're considering you as an option to take over for Jimmy Fallon when he leaves for The Tonight Show." [NBC via press release]

... The good folks at IFC have ordered a trio of pilots! Timms Industrial Piping is a stop-motion animated parody of 1980s primetime soaps featuring baby dolls as the characters that find their lives changed when the CEO of a town's industrial piping center dies in a plane crash. Sounds pretty straightforward! Maria Bamford, Elizabeth Banks, Nick Kroll, and Giancarlo Esposito are all part of the voice cast. Garfunkel & Oates features the titular folk-singin' comedy duo going through heightened versions of their lives. International Plan follows two guys who travel the globe looking for love, and focuses on the friendship they forge during their intercontinental love hunts. IFC also is looking at several scripts, including Cult Following, about two guys (UCB co-founder Matt Besser and The Mighty Boosh's Rich Fulcher) who work in a health-food store and accidentally become cult leaders. Besser and Fulcher in the same show? YES AND PLEASE. [IFC via press release]

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