Upfronts 2017: TNT, TBS Greenlight Six New Series

Turner’s TNT and TBS gave greenlights to six new series as it head into its upfront presentation Wednesday.

The networks are being rebranded and 100% of the series that were put on the air last year by Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief creative officer for Turner Entertainment, were renewed.

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TBS’s new series are: Miracle Workers, a Heaven-set workplace comedy starring Daniel Radcliffe and Owen Wilson and executive-produced by Lorne Michaels; Close Enough, a brand-new animated series from Regular Show creator J.G. Quintel; An update of of the classic game show The Joker's Wild, hosted by Snoop Dogg; and a new untitled series from the comedy trio The Dress Up Gang.

TNT has greenlit two non-fiction series: Michael Moore Live From the Apocalypse from Oscar and Emmy winner Michael Moore; and 
Who Run the World? from Sarah Jessica Parker, Morgan Spurlock and Refinery29.

TNT is working with Ridley Scott to develop a night of original science-fiction programming. Initial plans call for the block to serve as a showcase for hour-long series, short-form programs and other formats to be developed in collaboration with Scott.

TNT has also ordered a pilot for Highland, a scripted drama written by Liz Sarnoff and starring actress-comedian Margaret Cho; and Daveed Diggs, who earned a Tony for the Broadway hit Hamilton, will star in the network's drama pilot Snowpiercer.

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