upfronts 2013

TNT, TBS Want Cops, Diablo Cody, Monopoly Shows

TBS and TNT announced their upcoming series at the tag-teamed upfront this morning, and as you might expect, there are a lot of cop shows. A lot! TNT loves a cop show, friends, so much so that even TBS is getting a (comedic) one, too.

The new TNT shows:

  • Portal House, about a group of young scientists who discover a portal. (Unrelated to the game Portal, sadly.)
  • Peter Gunn, an update of the fifties-era private-eye series.
  • The Last Cop, an adaptation of a German show about a police officer who wakes up after twenty years in a coma. (Man, remember Life on Mars?)
  • A Bend in the Road, based on the Nicholas Sparks book about a sheriff who discovers a small town’s murderous secrets.
  • Guilty by Association, based on O.J. Simpson prosecutor Marcia Clark’s debut novel about two lawyers and a cop — who are all ladies!
  • Lew Archer, about a private detective.
  • Crushed, about a man and his young step-mother vying for control of a vineyard. Get it? “Crushed”?
  • Burn, an unscripted show from Denis Leary about Detroit firefighters.
  • Cop Swap, a reality show from Dick Wolf that’s like Wife Swap, but with police forces.
  • Monopoly, a game show where “eight two-person teams will play a game of real-world Monopoly with a huge cash prize at stake.” Presumably episodes will be nine hours long, and eventually Grandma will come in and demand you be a little bit nicer to your younger cousin, because he is trying his best.
  •  The Big Deal, a scavenger-hunt reality contest show.

Over on TBS, the comedies are marginally less cop-focused:

  • Bad Parents, about four sets of parents who are … bad.
  • Tribeca, from Steve and Nancy Carell, a cop-show parody set in the Really Heinous Crimes Unit
  • Dad, Stop Embarrassing Me, a sitcom developed by Jaime Foxx, based on his relationship with his teen daughter.
  • Dream House, about a young guy who lives with an old guy.
  • Clipsters, from David Kohan and Max Mutchnick, a sitcom about a Boston-area barbershop.
  • Me Time with Diablo Cody, an unscripted show with Cody “reveal[ing] a side of Hollywood and celebs that the public very rarely gets to see.”
  • Cheeseheads, a reality show about fans of the Green Bay Packers.

So that’s seven cop shows, one vineyard soap opera, one Diablo Cody series, and one Monopoly show. Get excited.

TNT, TBS Want Cops, Diablo Cody, Monopoly Shows