You may recall me making fun of TNT in the past for its programming choices being largely just a split between so-called "DRAMA" and whatever sports they could get the rights to. Which, granted, may be better than TBS' mix of Atlanta Braves' games and Tyler Perry shows (I actually like watching the NBA playoffs), but, I guess the jury's still out on that.
Obviously my critique of their formula has not deterred them (amazing, I know), and, so, they are promoting a *new* drama series starting in June: Franklin & Bash. Franklin & Bash stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar of hot sex on Weeds fame (that's what he's famous for, right?) and Breckin Meyer of baked skateboarder in Clueless fame (no doubt about that one). While I'd certainly rather see a billboard for this than the one they had up for Rizzoli & Isles, it seems to be rather similar to...oh, everything they ever make.
I've become curious about how they come up with these lovely shows and figure it must be something like this: the TNT Knows Drama game. Game play is simple: just roll the character die to determine whether the focus will be a strong female lead (the Closer, HawthoRNe, Saving Grace), partners/buddies (Rizzoli & Isles, Franklin & Bash), or an ensemble (Men of a Certain Age, Leverage) And roll the career die to see what careers your characters will have--will they be cops (the Closer, Rizzoli & Isles, Saving Grace, Dark Blue, SouthLAnd...), doctors & nurses (HawthoRNe, Heartland, Saved), or lawyers (Franklin & Bash, Raising the Bar)?
After that, it's just a quick spin on the locations wheel (Will it be LA, Boston, or some random regional hub?)
And, BAM! you've got a TNT Drama series ready to go. Just come up with a snappy name (Try some cleverly capitalized letters or the names of your buddy partners! I can only assume the titles they really use come from late nights with a Ouija board, so you could always go that route.) and your pilot is practically ready to shoot.
Step 3, Profit.