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TNT Announces ‘Falling Skies’, ‘Dallas’ Summer Premiere Dates

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Game of Thrones‘ may have us all aware that winter, or war (or heads on a pike, depending on the day) is coming, but us TV fans know the horrible truth:  Summer is Coming.  And with summer, all our favorite network TV series break for their long, sunny hiatuses, and leave us drooling over the inevitable cliffhangers for months to come.  So what are we to do with ourselves?  Live our lives?  Plant trees?  Don’t be ridiculous.  The action is on TNT!

TNT has announced its full summer slate for 2012, complete with returns of fan favorites such as ‘Leverage,’ ‘Franklin & Bash’ and sophomore hit ‘Falling Skies,’ as well as four premieres or original new series.  Among those four is the premiere revival of the long-running drama ‘Dallas,’ highlighting a whole new generation of Ewings among returning stars Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray.

Also among the premieres is the final six episodes of the Kyra Sedgwick drama ‘The Closer’ which closes up shop after seven seasons and segues into the series premiere of ‘Major Crimes,’ spinning off Mary McDonnell’s character, Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor into her very own series!  Take a look at the full premiere listing below:

Rizzoli & Isles
Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 3: 10 summer episodes
For the past two summers, Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander have proven that two heads are better than one in this drama series based on the crime novels by best-selling author Tess Gerritsen. As Boston detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles, the pair share a quirky chemistry and put away some of Boston’s most notorious criminals.

Franklin & Bash
Season Premiere: Tuesday, June 5, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 2: 10 episodes
Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer star in this light-hearted legal drama as two fly-by-the seat-of-their-pants lawyers working for a button-down law firm. Malcolm McDowell plays the firm’s wonderfully eccentric patriarch. Also starring are Garcelle Beauvais, Dana Davis, Kumail Nanjiani and Reed Diamond.

Dallas
New Series, Two-Hour Series Premiere: Wednesday, June 13, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
This summer, Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray reprise their famous characters as J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing return to Southfork with secrets, schemes and betrayals. This time, they’re joined by the next generation of Ewings, played by Josh Henderson and Jesse Metcalfe, who take ambition and deception to a new level. Dallas also stars Jordana Brewster, Julie Gonzalo and Brenda Strong. Shot on location in the title city, Dallas comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television.

Falling Skies
Two-Hour Season Premiere: Sunday, June 17, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 2: 10 episodes
The wait is nearly over as basic cable’s #1 new series of 2011 returns to continue its extraordinary story about life and survival in the wake of a catastrophic alien invasion. Noah Wyle stars as a college professor who becomes an unlikely resistance leader in this gripping series from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg. Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight and Connor Jessup also star.

The Great Escape
New Series Premiere: Sunday, June 24, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
This fast-paced, nail-biting competition series drops ordinary people into the middle of their own epic action/adventure movie. Each week, Rich Eisen (NFL Total Access) hosts as teams of competitors try to find their way out of seemingly impossible situations for a chance to take home a cash prize. The series, from Fox Television Studios, is executive-produced by the Oscar®-winning team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, as well as the Emmy-winning producers of The Amazing Race, Bertram van Munster and Elise Doganieri.

The Closer
Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 7: Six final episodes
TNT’s record-breaking series returns one last time to bring its extraordinary seven-year run to an end. Emmy® winner Kyra Sedgwick stars as Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, whose impeccable investigative and interrogation skills have resulted in countless confessions and convictions.

Perception
New Series Premiere: Monday, July 9, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
Drama fans are about to meet one of the most unique crime solvers on television when TNT premieres this fascinating new series about an eccentric neuroscience professor who is recruited by the FBI to help solve complex cases. Emmy and Screen Actors Guild Award winner Eric McCormack stars as Dr. Daniel Pierce, who possesses an intimate knowledge of human behavior and a masterful understanding of the way the mind works. Although Pierce’s mind may be brilliant, it’s also damaged as he suffers from paranoid schizophrenia. Perception also stars Rachael Leigh Cook, Arjay Smith and Kelly Rowan.

Leverage
Season Premiere: Sunday, July 15, at 8 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 5: 10 summer episodes
Television’s coolest gang of thieves, grifters and con artists are back in the fifth season of this fast-paced, light-hearted caper series from blockbuster executive producer Dean Devlin and Electric Entertainment. Academy Award® winner Timothy Hutton stars, along with Gina Bellman, Christian Kane, Beth Riesgraf and Aldis Hodge.

Major Crimes
New Series Premiere: Monday, Aug. 13, at 10 p.m. (ET/PT), following The Closer finale
Regular Timeslot: Mondays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)
Season 1: 10 episodes
This all-new drama series is ready to take television’s favorite squad of detectives into bold new territory. Two-time Oscar® nominee Mary McDonnell will continue her role from The Closer as Los Angeles Police Captain Sharon Raydor. Major Crimes will focus on how the American justice system approaches the art of the deal as law-enforcement officers and prosecutors work together to score a conviction. Joining McDonnell are fellow Closer veterans G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene, with guest appearances by Jon Tenney and Robert Gossett. New cast members include Graham Patrick Martin as a homeless juvenile and Kearran Giovanni as an ambitious undercover detective.

Not bad, TNT fans!  Which shows are you most excited to see return?  Give us your TNT picks and tell us what else you’ll be watching this summer in the comments section below!

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