Future TV: Three Renewals and a New Show on Basic Cable
Future TV: Three Renewals and a New Show on Basic Cable
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
If you're a fan of the programming offered by basic cable networks like TNT, USA and A&E, this is a good day for you. While TNT announced the renewal of two of its original scripted shows -- Dallas and Rizzoli & Isles, A&E renewed Longmire, and USA picked up a new series from the creator of White Collar.

A Return to Dallas. Again.

The revival of Dallas, a huge hit back in the 1980s, has proved to be a success for TNT. With 7.8 million viewers in its first week of airing, there was little doubt that Dallas would get some love. And that's what has happened -- TNT has renewed Dallas for a 15-episode second season, set to air in 2013.

Although ratings slipped considerably for the second episode (only two have aired so far), the network is standing behind its newest drama. As TNT programming head Michael Wright put it, "Dallas has been a success for us on every level: pitch-perfect writing, smart directing and buzz-worthy performances by a new generation of stars and their iconic counterparts."

The new version of Dallas focuses on the younger generation of Ewings, particular John Ross Ewing (Josh Henderson) and Christopher Ewing (Jesse Metcalfe). But the plots -- involving oil, drama and backstabbing -- are pretty much the same.

Get Ready for Rizzoli & Isles Season 4

TNT is very happy with Rizzoli & Isles, and this renewal for a season 4 shows it. In a new timeslot for the summer, season 3 of the series brought in 7.1 million viewers, ranking it as the top returning scripted series on television. Season 4 of Rizzoli & Isles will consist of 15 episodes currently scheduled to air in the summer of 2013.

Starring Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander, Rizzoli & Isles is a gritty procedural following police detective Jane Rizzoli and medical examiner Maura Isles. Speaking about the show, Michael Wright said, "Anchoring a new night in its third season, Rizzoli & Isles has proven itself to be a strong and enduring hit, not only in terms of the great storylines and performances, but also in terms of the show's stellar ratings."

A&E Renews Longmire for Season 2

A&E's newest original series, Longmire, is only a few weeks into its first season, but the network is ready to bring it back for another year (source: Deadline.com). Thanks to a 4.1 million viewer premiere, A&E decided on an early renewal. The Western-lawman series stars Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff and Lou Diamond Phillips.

USA Picks Up Graceland from Jeff Eastin

Jeff Eastin, the creator and executive producer of White Collar, is getting more airtime on USA. The network has picked up Eastin's new show, Graceland, to series. According to Deadline.com, which first broke the news on the series, USA co-president Jeff Wachtel described Graceland as being "very much in our sweet spot" with "that fantastic and rich look associated with most of our shows."

Production on Graceland is scheduled to begin shortly after filming ends on White Collar later this summer. The show focuses on a diverse group of federal agents (from the DEA, FBI and U.S. Customs) forced to live together in an undercover beach house in Southern California.

Apparently, the show will have both surfing and crime-fighting!

(Images courtesy of TNT and A&E)