Turner gets aggressive with broadcast networks

CW is turning into the All-Drama Channel. Another is already there. Only difference is they actually know drama.

Turner networks unveiled their new programs at the network upfronts with TNT’s focus on dramas and TBS’ focus on comedies and sitcoms – and a new weeknight talk show hosted by George Lopez.

TNT, one of the top-rated cable networks, trotted out Steven Speilberg, and Steven Bochco and announced some new projects, including a new alien invasion drama from Speilberg and DreamWorks Television. Other dramas in development include Bochco’s Zapata, Texas and Pastor Jazz, starring former Roc star Charles S.Dutton as a minister. To see the complete list of shows in development, click here.

New seasons of The Closer and Raising The Bar debut June 8, while Jada Pinkett Smith’s new drama titled Hawthrone debuts in June 16, along with the season premiere of Saving Grace. Leverage’s season premiere and new drama Dark Blue do not premiere until July.

TBS meanwhile, has several comedies developements including a sitcom from Kevin James (King of Queens) titled The Game of Life. Another project features Second City members telling what us Chicagoans do during the Wee Hours from midnight to 6 a.m. Another program (called Big Tow) features a single dad who runs a towing company. TBS premieres a new animated comedy next year titled Neighbors from Hell. There also a possibility of recently disposed NBC sitcom My Name Is Earl alnding on the cable network with new episodes.

TBS has season premieres of Tyler Perry’s House of Payne and Meet the Browns this Wedensday and The Bill Engvall Show later this summer.

Adult Swim also has some new programming on tap. At its upfront Wedensday night (which was more of a party), it announced it will produce another Star Wars sendup on Robot Chicken, a new variety special (Freaknik), and a live-action edition of Aqua Teen Hunger Force on May 31 featuring rapper T-Pain.

Finally, TruTV has a new series titled NFL Full Contact, which feaures exclusive behind-the -scenes look at the league’s football teams. This marks the first association the NFL has had with Turner since 1997, when it held one of the league’s packages.

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