This Emmy Award-winning studio show, which airs following each NBA telecast on TNT, is hosted by Ernie Johnson, with analysis from Hall of Famer Charles Barkley and NBA champions Kenny Smith and Shaquille O'Neal. It's a mix of highlights, interviews and hijinks, notably the verbal sparring sessions between the outspoken Barkley and his straight man, Smith. The show also welcomes various guest analysts throughout the season.
When "The Closer" came to a close, doors opened for the detectives in the Los Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes Division, with the biggest opportunity presented to Capt. Sharon Raydor. The captain is now the boss, taking over a department that hasn't forgotten her history of internal investigations targeting them and their former boss, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. As Raydor attempts to mend fences and gain the trust and confidence of her detectives -- her biggest foe in that regard is Lt. Provenza -- she leads a unit that works more closely than Johnson ever did with other police and prosecutors to build airtight cases.
After a heroin overdose kills his mom, teenager Joshua "J" Cody moves to Southern California to live with his freewheeling relatives. The family's matriarch is J's estranged grandmother, Janine "Smurf" Cody, from whom he's been shielded for years. J soon finds out the reason for the isolation -- Smurf and "her boys" make their livings through carefully planned armed robberies and other criminal activities. Prominent perpetrators are Smurf's relatively level-headed right-hand man Baz and her three sons: mentally disturbed ex-con Pope, hyperactive drug user Craig, and suspicious Deran. In order to stay alive, J must prove loyal to his beguiling grandmother, who rules with a borderline-incestuous love.
At the Nail Artisan of Manatee County salon in Central Florida, five diverse, hardworking manicurists try to make ends meet in a staid economy while managing perilous personal lives awash in drama. Amidst all the silk wraps, pedicures and polish treatments, salon owner Desna, who lives with and cares for her mentally ill twin brother, leads a staff that includes best friend Jennifer, now sober and raising two kids from a previous relationship; enigmatic Ann, who provides security for the salon; mild-mannered preppy and ex-convict Polly; and Virginia, who becomes easily bored and impatient with her job. Also hanging around the salon are shady redneck Roller; ambulance coach Bryce, Jennifer's husband who is also newly sober; and Uncle Daddy, a dangerous, deeply Catholic and actively bisexual crime boss.
At the helm of the USS Nathan James en route to the Arctic, Capt. Tom Chandler learns that the destroyer will be in the best possible place -- a circumstance his crew must utilize -- to save humanity from extinction. A virus has wiped out more than half the population since the ship embarked, and despite orders from the U.S. government to return, Chandler -- believing home is now a shadow of itself -- decides the safest place to develop a vaccine is at sea. That task falls mainly to virologist Dr. Rachel Scott, a civilian originally assigned to the Nathan James to study birds. "The Last Ship" is based on a novel by William Brinkley and is executive-produced by filmmaker Michael Bay ("Transformers").
Cued by TNT's popular "The Librarian" trilogy, this series introduces new members of an ancient group protecting mystical artifacts. Hidden below the Metropolitan Public Library, the secret society's longtime leader is Flynn Carsen, whose job has become very complicated. To help, the Library recruits Eve, a counterterrorism agent responsible for organizational security; Jacob, who has encyclopedic knowledge of art, architecture and history; Cassandra, who links auditory/sensory hallucinations to memory; and Ezekiel, a skilled thief and master technician. Overseeing them is Jenkins, the reclusive caretaker of the Library's sleepy little annex in Oregon. Noah Wyle executive produces and recurs as Flynn, the role he played in the movie series.
Robert Littell's best-selling novel gets a three-part miniseries treatment chronicling the saga of the CIA largely from the perspective of three idealistic young college friends who are recruited into the spy business. Field agent Jack McAuliffe trains in Berlin with his cynical mentor, Harvey "The Sorcerer" Torriti, becoming a CIA "true believer" in the process. Meanwhile, Jack's best friend, Leo Kritzky, skillfully navigates his way through the power maze of the Washington hallways of "the Company," eventually becoming head of the CIA's Soviet division. Ultimately, Jack and Leo find themselves on opposite sides of the Cold War with another old Yale classmate and friend, Russian-born Yevgeny Tsipin, who has accepted a position with the KGB. Jack occasionally clashes with James Jesus Angleton, the CIA's brilliant but obsessive counterintelligence specialist, but becomes close friends with English widow Elizabet Nemeth while helping the Freedom Fighters in Budapest, Hungary.
The best-selling book by Caleb Carr is the basis for "The Alienist," a psychological thriller set amidst the vast wealth, extreme poverty and technological innovation of 1896 New York. A never-before-seen ritualistic killer is responsible for the gruesome murders of boy prostitutes, and newly appointed police commissioner Theodore Roosevelt calls upon criminal psychologist Dr.Laszlo Kreizler, newspaper illustrator John Moore and police department secretary Sara Howard to conduct the investigation in secret. The brilliant, obsessive Kreizler is known as an Alienist -- one who studies mental pathologies and the deviant behaviors of those who are alienated from themselves and society. His job, along with his controversial views, makes him a social pariah in some circles. But helped by a band of outsiders, Kreizler's tireless efforts eventually answer the question behind what makes a man into a murderer.
Based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch, the seductive thriller "Good Behavior" centers on con artist Letty Raines and her inability -- despite good intentions -- to consistently live a clean life. Fresh out of prison, Letty attempts to reunite with her 10-year-old son and keep in regular contact with her parole officer, whose motives for helping her are questionable. But after she overhears a hit man being hired to kill a man's wife, Letty sets out to derail the job and finds herself on a collision course with the killer, entangling herself in a dangerous and seductive relationship.
It's 1589 in Elizabethan England, where a young William Shakespeare arrives from the small town of Stratford to an electric London punk-rock theatre scene. This seductive, violent world inspires Will to dream big, but his budding talent faces rioting audiences, religious fanatics and raucous sideshows. Attracted to Will is the beautiful, rebellious Alice Burbage, who is forbidden by society from pursuing a career in the theater. However, a chance encounter leads Alice's brother Richard to team with Will to create what soon becomes the greatest actor-writer partnership the world has ever seen. The drama series, says TNT, is told in a bold, contemporary style and played to a modern soundtrack that exposes all of Shakespeare's recklessness, lustful temptations and tortured brilliance.
Host Ernie Johnson and analysts Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith ready viewers for NBA action before TNT's Thursday night doubleheaders (and other select telecasts). Guest analysts also are featured from time to time, including Chris Webber and Kevin McHale.
Now that the NBA's biggest stars routinely decline to participate, what used to be a can't-miss All-Star weekend event has turned stale. TNT revamps the dynamic in "The Dunk King," which offers 24 professional dunkers -- all non-NBA players, and none taller than 6 feet 6 inches -- the chance to leap from obscurity to celebrity and win $100,000. The pros, many of whom compete full-time in dunk contests for prizes that can range from $1,000 to $15,000, include brothers Chase and Jordan Kilganon, 5-foot-5-inch Porter Maberry, who won last year's competition, and Guy Dupuy, who sports a 59-inch vertical leap. The limited series airs during TNT's coverage of the Eastern Conference finals.
Across four hourlong episodes TNT examines a variety of race-related issues, as seen through the eyes of NBA legend and Emmy-winning basketball commentator Charles Barkley. Never one to stifle his opinion, Barkley explores race relations from different angles and engages in thoughtful but spirited dialogue with a diverse cross section of Americans. To accomplish his objective -- to build mutual understanding that can lead to productive solutions -- he engages with everyday people as well as cultural and academic experts, honing in on such topics as police and race relations, Muslims in America, immigration issues and Hollywood stereotyping. The results are shockingly provocative and strikingly emotional, with Barkley finding his own preconceived notions being examined and challenged in each episode.