The Closer will officially get a spinoff — Major Crimes, starring Mary McDonnell as Brenda Johnson’s nemesis, Capt. Raydor — as TNT’s breakthrough hit comes to an end with its seventh season next summer, Turner networks announced at its (problem-plagued) upfront presentation to advertisers Wednesday morning in New York. The cable group also unveiled sneak peeks at some of its upcoming new shows: TBS’ The Wedding Band, a promising comedy about just that starring Brian Austin Green, Lost’s Harold Perrineau (he gets to be funny!) and The Office’s always-hilarious Melora Hardin; TNT’s big-budget, Steven Spielberg-produced Falling Skies, a drama about a world that must rebuild post-alien-invasion, starring Noah Wyle; wisecracking-lawyer dramedy Franklin & Bash, starring Mark-Paul Gosselaar and and Breckin Meyer; and the possibly awesome, possibly baffling Perception, a drama about a hallucinating neuroscientist who solves crimes, played by a scruffy Eric McCormack.
TNT’s extensive development plans include: Scent of the Missing, about a search-and-rescue officer who works with her Labrador retriever; Old West drama Gateway; a dramedy about a southern family who takes in their widowed daughter-in-law and her exceptionally smart son, produced by Kimberly Williams-Paisley and Shaun Cassidy; and Mitch Albom’s drama set in a Detroit radio station. TBS’ pipeline includes An American Couple, a comedy about a newly engaged couple set in the Illinois suburbs, and a cop show spoof, both executive-produced by Conan O’Brien.