January 21, 2010 / 10:22 PM / 9 years ago

New TNT slate includes Spielberg alien series

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - TNT on Thursday picked up to series all three of its pilots — the Steven Spielberg-produced alien invasion drama starring Noah Wyle, the George Clooney-produced “Delta Blues” starring Jason Lee, and the crime series “Rizzoli,” starring Angie Harmon.

All three have received orders for nine episodes in addition to the pilot.

The move comes on the heels of TNT’s renewal of the freshman dramas “Men of a Certain Age,” “Dark Blue” and “Hawthorne” and pick-up of the NBC cop drama “Southland.”

The alien-invasion project, written by Robert Rodat from an idea he conceived with Spielberg, is set shortly after aliens have wiped out most of the human population. Wyle plays the leader of a ragtag group of soldiers and civilians who struggle against the occupying alien force. Moon Bloodgood, Jessy Schram, Seychelle Gabriel and Maxim Knight co-star.

The hourlong “Delta Blues,” from Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures, centers on Dwight Hendricks (Lee), a Memphis police officer who lives with his mother (Celia Weston) and moonlights as a tribute artist. The pilot also co-starred Abraham Benrubi and DJ Qualls.

Based on Tess Gerritsen’s Jane Rizzoli mystery novels, “Rizzoli” revolves around the crime-solving team of Boston police detective Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) and medical examiner Maura Isles (Sasha Alexander).

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