Why just send out a simple press release when you can cobble together a trailer to announce and promote your summer TV schedule? TNT opted for the latter, and today released the video above, featuring a combo of recycled clips and new teasers for its new and returning summer shows.
Amidst the familiar faces from Falling Skies (which the video doesn't tell you will once again kick things off with a two-hour premiere), Perception, Major Crimes, and the b'ampersanded duos of Rizzoli & Isles and Franklin & Bash, you'll also see snippets of new series (and ampersands) The Hero, 72 Hours, Cold Justice, and King & Maxwell. (For those of you who don't have the patience to sit through The Rock smiling at you all creepy-like and Captain Weaver shooting rocket launchers in order to get to the dates at the end, I've listed them at the bottom of his story in an easy-to-read format.)
Now, how about some details/loglines on the new kids?
The Hero, a reality competition series hosted by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, "will bring nine ordinary people together and assign them various missions testing their brains, their brawn and even their morality" and ask viewers to vote on who deserves the title of the show's title.
72 Hours, another reality competition series, will abandon three teams of strangers in the wilderness with a single bottle of water and a GPS tracking device, then give them three days to find a hidden briefcase containing $100,000. So I guess it's like The Amazing Race meets Man vs. Wilde meets Take the Money and Run meets Survivor? Whatever, it sounds like pretty typical ridiculous summer fare.
Cold Justice is an "unscripted procedural drama" that follows a real-life prosecutor and crime-scene investigator as they reopen unsolved murder cases in small towns in an attempt to finally get to the truth. Expect eight episodes, with a new old case each week.
And finally, on the scripted side of things, King & Maxwell is a "private-eye drama" starring Jon Tenney and Rebecca Romijn as the titular characters who the network promises "aren't your typical private investigators" because they're both former Secret Service agents, one who's also a former Olympian and the other who had to leave the Secret Service when his charge was assassinated. The pair will use their unique skills to solve cases. TNT's press release mentions that King and Maxwell have "razor-sharp chemistry" but also that they "clash over everything." Maybe they'll also rely on their trusty ampersand to rule in cases of marketing dept. contradictions? Only time will tell.
TNT 2013 SUMMER PREMIERE DATES
Thursday, June 6
8pm - The Hero (Series premiere)
9pm - 72 Hours (Series premiere)
Sunday, June 9
9pm - Falling Skies (Two-hour Season 3 premiere)
Monday, June 10
9pm - Major Crimes (Season 2 premiere)
10pm - King & Maxwell (Series premiere)
Tuesday, June 18
9pm - Rizzoli & Isles (Season 4 premiere)
10pm - Perception (Season 2 premiere)
Wednesday, July 24
9pm - Franklin & Bash (Season 3 premiere)
Tuesday, August 27
10pm - Cold Justice (Series premiere)
Which of these series are you most looking forward to?