TNT Renews 'The Last Ship' For Fifth Season
In July at the Television Critics Association's Summer Press Tour, TNT and TBS President Kevin Reilly announced The Last Ship had been picked up for a fourth season.
It's been a good run, but a run that is about to come to an end.
Speaking at the Television Critics Association winter press tour, Turner Entertainment chief creative officer Kevin Reilly confirmed that Rizzoli & Isles has indeed been cancelled.
The Upfronts presentations continue and today it was Kevin Reilly, president of TBS and TNT and chief content officer for Turner Entertainment, who took center stage to talk about his vision for TBS and TNT.
During his presentation, Reilly announced several new series pickups as well as several new pilots for both networks.
Fresh on the heels of the Franklin & Bash cancellation, TNT has decided not to move forward with another one of its dramas.
The network has decided to cancel Perception after three seasons. The series stars Eric McCormack as Dr. Daniel Pierce, a schizophrenic neuropsychiatrist who assists the FBI on some of their most complex cases.
Turner Broadcasting's David Levy hinted at the future direction the network would be going earlier this month. “We are going to get edgier, we are going to get louder, and we are going to get more dual (male-female), but we also have an existing audience, we have an existing fan base with a lot of our very popular shows.” He went on to say, “It’s an evolution, a bridge-type process that will take place as opposed to a turnaround.”
Kevin Reilly announced today that he will depart Fox Broadcasting Company by the end of June.
“21st Century Fox is a great company that has provided me with choice seats at the head table of pop culture over two very rewarding stints both at FBC and FX, and I am grateful to have benefitted from the leadership of Peter Rice, Chase Carey and Rupert Murdoch,” said Reilly. “Peter and I have been discussing this transition for a while, and now with a robust new slate of programming for next season and strength in the FBC ranks, it felt like the timing was as right as it could be. I couldn't be more thankful to my team – a group of creative, tireless and fun people whose fellowship I will miss.”
Peter Rice, Chairman and CEO of Fox Networks Group, said, “Kevin’s undeniable creative gift and passion for talent have left an indelible mark on our company, and we’re extremely grateful to him for his leadership, beginning with ‘The Shield’ and ‘Nip/Tuck’ at FX and continuing through GLEE, NEW GIRL, THE FOLLOWING, SLEEPY HOLLOW and BROOKLYN NINE-NINE at FOX. Kevin and I have been discussing his desire for a new challenge for some time, so while everyone at the network will miss his enthusiasm for adventurous television, we all respect his decision and agreed that after the upfront presentation was the right time. I’m personally extremely grateful to Kevin for his partnership during the past five years and look forward to working with him again in the future.”
During the transition period, before naming a replacement, Reilly’s senior executives will report to Rice.
Reilly, who joined FOX in 2007 and was named Chairman of Entertainment in 2012, has distinguished himself as a force in both cable and broadcast television, leading FOX to five of its eight consecutive winning seasons and shepherding seminal hits like GLEE, “The Sopranos,” “The Office” and “ER.” Under his leadership, the network launched Golden Globe Award-winning comedy BROOKLYN NINE-NINE; Emmy Award-nominated and Golden Globe Award-winning pop culture phenomenon GLEE; this season’s breakout hit drama SLEEPY HOLLOW; as well as Emmy Award-nominated NEW GIRL, THE FOLLOWING and THE MINDY PROJECT.