Turner 05/17/17


At a star-studded 90-minute presentation at Madison Square Garden, Turner drove home its omni-channel approach to premium content, pointing to transparent and trusted environments across its brands, and its ability to deliver for advertisers at massive scale. Across its portfolio, Turner noted it continues to invest in high quality, distinctive video content. “I’ve been with Turner for 30 years and what’s clear to me, now more than ever, is that having a deep, diverse set of premium content is vital not only to reaching consumers, but turning them into devoted fans of your brand,” said David Levy, president of Turner. Among the highlights…

TBS announced a new 4-year deal with Conan O’Brien, and gave the greenlight to three new series: Miracle Workers, a workplace comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels; animated series Close Enough; and a new untitled series from the comedy trio The Dress Up Gang, (My Roommate, My Friend). The network is also teaming with Snoop Dogg for a Joker’s Wild reboot. TBS and TNT head Kevin Reilly apologized for giving “alternative facts” last year when he talked of a TBS refresh, saying instead the network will have a total rebuild, with 15 original series next year.

TNT is counting on big names for its slate, including a sci-fi programming block being developed by Ridley Scott; docu-series Live From the Apocalypse, hosted and directed by Michael Moore; docu-series Who Runs the World from producers Sarah Jessica Parker and Morgan Spurlock; a pilot for a Margaret Cho and Liz Sarnoff series based on Cho’s autobiographical novel, and pilot Snowpiercer, starring Hamilton’s Daveed Diggs.

CNN will add five new original series in 2018, including 4-part Detroit 1963: Once a Great City (wt), American Heiress: The Patty Hearst Story, 1968: The Year That Changed America (wt), Kennedys: An American Dynasty (wt) and 6-parter Pope. Turner news sib HLN will add new original series Unmasking a Killer.

truTV’s slate of 5 upcoming series includes Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks; At Home with Amy Sedaris; comedic anthology series Bobcat Goldthwait’s Misfits & Monsters; scripted comedy I’m Sorry; and the live call-in talk show The Chris Gethard Show, while Adult Swim is taking the plunge with a pilot order for stop-motion anthology comedy The Shivering Truth, from Vernon Chatman. Adult Swim also greenlit 2 new series, animated The Jellies and live-action Mostly 4 MIllennials.

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