TNT Announces Its 2015 Summer Schedule

TNT Announces Its 2015 Summer Lineup
Eric Dane stars in ‘The Last Ship’

TNT’s 2015 summer lineup will feature 10 original series including the final season of Falling Skies and the debut of Public Morals, Proof, and Cold Justice: Sex Crimes. Shows returning to the schedule include The Last Ship, Rizzoli & Isles, Major Crimes, Murder in the First, Legends and Cold Justice.

Public Morals is set in the ’60s and comes from Steven Spielberg and Edward Burns. Proof is a new dramatic series executive produced by Kyra Sedgwick and starring Jennifer Beals and Matthew Modine. And the new show Cold Justice: Sex Crimes is the first spinoff from Cold Justice.

Here’s the schedule of premieres along with details on the 10 shows, courtesy of TNT:

Major Crimes – Season 4 Premiere: Monday, June 8, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Television’s favorite squad of detectives is on the case in Major Crimes, TNT’s powerful crime-drama that ranks as one of basic cable’s Top 10 original series. Major Crimes focuses on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. The elite team is back, headed by two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor, G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, Tony Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, Michael Paul Chan as Lieutenant Mike Tao, Raymond Cruz as Detective Julio Sanchez, Kearran Giovanni as Detective Amy Sykes, Phillip P. Keene as tech expert Buzz Watson, Robert Gossett as Assistant Chief Russell Taylor and Jonathan Del Arco as Dr. Morales. Graham Patrick Martin returns as Rusty Beck, the homeless teen who was officially adopted by Captain Raydor last season.

Murder in the First – Season 2 Premiere: Monday, June 8, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT will once again take viewers deep inside a complex murder investigation in Murder in the First, a powerful crime drama starring Taye Diggs (Private Practice) and Kathleen Robertson (Boss) and co-created by Emmy® winner Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal. This summer in the second season of Murder In The First, San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English (Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Robertson) will investigate a series of murders that could rip the city apart and shake the police force at its core. Caught in the crosshairs during one of the most shocking crimes in the city’s history, Mulligan, English and the men and women of 850 Bryant Street find themselves trapped in a crumbling system where the lines are blurred – between friends and enemies, loyalty and corruption, legal and illegal, good and evil – as a threat from outside is matched by a threat from within. Joining the cast this season are A.J. Buckley, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Laila Robins, Mo McRae, Mateus Ward and John Cothran. Returning series regulars include Raphael Sbarge and Lombardo Boyar as Homicide Inspectors David Molk and Edgar Navarro, Ian Anthony Dale as Lt. Jim Koto, Currie Graham as Chief Prosecutor Mario Siletti and Mimi Kirkland as Hildy’s daughter, Louise.

Rizzoli & Isles – Season 6 Premiere: Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT’s hit drama Rizzoli & Isles, which topped the charts as basic cable’s #1 series last summer, stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as Boston’s top crime-solving duo. Harmon plays Jane Rizzoli, a tough-as-nails Boston police detective, and Alexander is Dr. Maura Isles, a smart, impeccably dressed medical examiner from a privileged background. Despite being complete opposites, the two women share an offbeat chemistry, an authentic and deep friendship and a unique working relationship, a killer combination that helps them solve the most complex murder mysteries in the city of Boston. Rizzoli & Isles also stars Jordan Bridges, Idara Victor, Bruce McGill and Lorraine Bracco.

Matthew Modine and Jessica Beals in Proof

Proof – Series Premiere: Tuesday, June 16, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

For millennia, the world’s greatest scholars and philosophers have tried to answer one important question: Is death truly the end, or is there something else beyond? Now a brilliant surgeon is ready to take up the mantle in TNT’s intriguing new drama Proof, starring Jennifer Beals, Matthew Modine, David Sutcliffe and Joe Morton. Beals plays Dr. Carolyn Tyler, who has suffered the recent, devastating loss of her teenage son, the breakup of her marriage and a growing estrangement from her daughter. Carolyn is persuaded by Ivan Turing (Modine), a cancer-stricken tech inventor and billionaire to investigate cases of reincarnation, near-death experiences, hauntings and other phenomena, all of it in the search for evidence that death is not the end. It’s both a journey of exploration toward finding an answer to a question many people have asked and a deeply personal and emotional journey for Carolyn, who hopes to find answers in the wake of her son’s death.

Proof also stars Callum Blue, Edi Gathegi, Annie Thurman, and newcomer Caroline Rose Kaplan.

The Last Ship – Two-Hour Season 2 Premiere: Sunday, June 21, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

The wait is nearly over. TNT’s epic drama The Last Ship – basic cable’s #1 new series of 2014 – is preparing to set sail again this summer in its quest to save humanity after a devastating pandemic. Eric Dane, Rhona Mitra and Adam Baldwin star in the high-impact series, which is produced by Platinum Dunes, with its partners – blockbuster filmmaker Michael Bay, Brad Fuller and Andrew Form – serving as executive producers. Co-creators and showrunners Hank Steinberg and Steven Kane are also executive producers, along with Jack Bender. Based on William Brinkley’s popular novel, The Last Ship chronicles a global catastrophe that nearly decimates the world’s population. Because of its positioning, the Navy destroyer U.S.S. Nathan James avoided falling victim to the devastating tragedy. But now the crew and its captain must confront the reality of their new existence in a world where they may be among the few remaining survivors. As the second season opens, Captain Chandler (Dane), XO Slattery (Baldwin) and the rest of the crew are working to disseminate the cure that paleomicrobiologist Dr. Rachel Scott (Mitra) developed at the end of season one.

The Last Ship also stars Travis Van Winkle, Charles Parnell, Christina Elmore, Marissa Neitling, John Pyper Ferguson, and Jocko Sims, with Emmy® winner Alfre Woodard set to guest-star in a multi-episode arc.

Falling Skies Cast

Falling Skies – Final Season Premiere: Sunday, June 28, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT’s epic drama Falling Skies – from Amblin Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg – will come to a climactic end this summer with the show’s fifth and final season. Falling Skies tells the extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as Tom Mason, a college professor who became an unlikely resistance leader. Moon Bloodgood is Dr. Anne Glass, a pediatrician who became the survivors’ primary physician and eventually fell in love with Tom. Will Patton is Colonel Weaver, the gruff and emotionally scarred commander leading the battle against the invaders. Also starring in Falling Skies are Drew Roy, Connor Jessup, Maxim Knight, Colin Cunningham, Sarah Carter, Mpho Koaho and Doug Jones.

Cold Justice – Summer Premiere: Friday, July 31, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)

Spring Episodes: April 10 – June 5
Justice Served special with John Walsh: May 29
Summer premiere with Cold Justice: Sex Crimes: July 31

This spring and summer, TNT’s real-life crime series Cold Justice will be back with more of its powerful and emotional third season as the show continues to have a real-world impact on cases that have lingered for years in small towns across America. Cold Justice follows former prosecutor Kelly Siegler and former crime-scene investigator Yolanda McClary as they dig into murder cases that have long gone unsolved. Working with local law enforcement, Siegler and McClary are helping bring about real results in real time for the police, investigators, district attorneys and families who have worked tirelessly on these cold cases for years. The impact of Cold Justice can be seen clearly in the results of the investigations featured on the show. Since the show’s premiere in September 2013, Siegler and McClary have assisted local law enforcement in a long string of successful investigations, securing a total of 22 arrests, 11 criminal indictments, four confessions, three guilty pleas and three convictions. Just before the start of season 3, Cold Justice helped land its first jury trial conviction.


In May, John Walsh will be back to host a new Cold Justice: Justice Served special in which Siegler and McClary update viewers on the status of recent cases and the remarkable results that the show has helped achieved. And when Cold Justice returns for its summer premiere at the end of July, it will be joined by the new spinoff series, Cold Justice: Sex Crimes.

Cold Justice: Sex Crimes – Series Premiere: Friday, July 31, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT is expanding its real-life investigation series Cold Justice with the all-new spinoff, Cold Justice: Sex Crimes from Wolf Reality and Magical Elves. This new series is an extremely timely project, especially in light of the sobering statistics for sex-related crimes in America revealing that there are approximately 240,000 survivors of sexual assault in America, including men, women and children. In fact, every two minutes, someone is sexually assaulted in the United States. To combat these numbers and bring justice to the survivors of sexual assault, former Harris County, Texas, prosecutors Casey Garrett and Alicia O’Neill are traveling to small towns around the country to help local law enforcement close cases that have sat dormant for years.

Morris Chestnut, Sean Bean and Ali Larter in Legends

Legends – Season 2 Premiere: Tuesday, Aug. 25, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

Screen Actors Guild Award® winner Sean Bean enters new territory in Season Two of Legends, TNT’s suspense-filled drama based on a character created by master spy novelist Robert Littell. Bean plays Martin Odum, an undercover operative who has learned he isn’t the man he believed himself to be. On the run for a murder he didn’t commit, Martin searches for his true identity, following a trail that takes him to London and the European continent, where he discovers a dark and violent past that holds the key to his future survival.

Public Morals – Series Premiere: Monday, Aug. 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

This summer, TNT is going to take viewers to the seedy, gritty streets and the bright, seductive lights of 1960s New York with Public Morals, a powerful, buzz-generating police drama from writer, director, executive producer and star Edward Burns. Public Morals also stars Michael Rapaport and Elizabeth Masucci. The series centers on Terry Muldoon (Burns), an officer of the Public Morals Division, which investigates vice crimes in the city. Many of Muldoon’s fellow cops in the division walk a thin line between morality and crime as vice-related temptations threaten to snare even the best of officers, including Muldoon’s partner, Charlie Bullman (Rapoport). As Muldoon watches the Hells Kitchen streets where he grew up devoured by an escalating war within two factions of the Irish-American Mob, he becomes more determined than ever to fight back against the city’s dark underbelly so he can provide a safe place where he and his wife, Christine (Masucci), can raise their family.

Also starring in Public Morals are Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Wass Stevens, Keith Nobbs, Austin Stowell, Patrick Murney, Katrina Bowden, Lyndon Smith, Brian Wiles, and Cormac Cullinane. In addition, Public Morals will feature guest appearances by Oscar® winner Timothy Hutton, Golden Globe® winner Brian Dennehy, Satellite Award® winner Neal McDonough, and Satellite Award nominee Robert Knepper.

-By Rebecca Murray

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