TNT (TV channel)
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|Launched||October 3, 1988|
|Owned by||Turner Broadcasting System (Time Warner)|
|Picture format||(480i) (SDTV)
|Headquarters||Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|Sister channel(s)||TBS, CNN, TCM, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Boomerang, Cartoonito, Pogo, TruTV, CNN International, HLN, NBA TV, CNN IBN, CNN en Español, CNN Chile, CNN Arabic, CNNj, n-tv, I-Sat, HBO, WPCH-TV, CW Network, Cinemax,|
|DirecTV||Channel 245 (SD/HD)
Channel 1245 (VOD)
|Dish Network||Channel 138 (SD/HD)
Channel 9420 (HDTV)
|Dish Network Mexico||channel 602 (970 HD)|
|C-Band||Galaxy 14-Channel 17|
|SKY México Mexico and Central America/Brazil||Channel 415/60|
|Digital+ Spain||Channel 45|
|D-Smart Turkey||Channel 21|
|Sky Deutschland Germany||Channel 130|
|Kabel Deutschland Germany||Channel 320 and 928|
|On most cable systems||Check local listings|
|Verizon FiOS||Channel 51 (SD)
Channel 551 (HD)
|AT&T U-Verse||Channel 108 (SD)
Channel 1108 (HD)
Turner Network Television (TNT) is an American cable television channel created by media mogul Ted Turner and currently owned by the Turner Broadcasting System division of Time Warner that airs a variety of shows, with a focus on dramatic programming. Since 2007, TNT has re-launched local versions of the channel in Spain, Germany and Benelux with more European countries in the pipeline.
TNT, as a cable service, was launched with a showing of the 1939 classic movie Gone with the Wind (to which Ted Turner had acquired the rights), on October 3, 1988. It was chosen because, it was said, it was Turner's favorite movie – it would also be the first program on sister channel Turner Classic Movies in 1994. Incidentally, the film was premiered in Atlanta, Turner's hometown and the headquarters of Turner Broadcasting, and was the setting for Gone With the Wind.
TNT was, at least initially, a vehicle for older movies and television shows, but slowly began to add original programming and newer reruns. When TNT began broadcasting pre-1986 MGM films, it caused a controversy when they began colorizing many black and white classics.
In 1990, it obtained partial rights to the Sunday Night Football package for the National Football League, which it retained until 1997. The NFL on TNT consisted of three or four preseason games annually and of regular-season telecasts of the first half of each season. As has always been the case for cable broadcasts, TNT distributed their feed to local television stations in the market of the teams playing.
Starting in 1995, TNT was also the home of WCW Monday Nitro, the flagship show of the now defunct World Championship Wrestling, once regularly the highest rated weekly program on cable. The program defeated Monday Night Raw, the flagship show of the then-World Wrestling Federation, for 84 straight weeks until 1998.
It was also known for its late night programming, such as MonsterVision, which showcased B movies (including a Godzilla marathon at the end of every month), with occasional guest hosts Penn and Teller. MonsterVision eventually found a permanent host in cult personality and drive-in movie aficionado Joe Bob Briggs. Every Saturday night, from 1995 to 2000, he would host a pair of horror films (such as Friday the 13th Part 2 and Wes Craven's New Nightmare) provide a running commentary, trivia, off-color jokes and a drive-in total. Also included in his host segments were jokes at the expense of Turner Network Television's Standards & Practices department for heavy censorship of the featured movies. This running joke culminated in a Friday the 13th all-night marathon during Halloween of 1998, where it was implied that Ted Turner was out to kill him.
Up until 1998, TNT would also show cartoons from the Turner library, such as The Flintstones, Scooby-Doo, the DePatie-Freleng Pink Panther cartoons, Dexter's Laboratory, The Real Adventures of Jonny Quest, among many others on a block called "TNT Toons". The Rudy and Gogo World Famous Cartoon Show was also a TNT original show featuring classic Warner Bros., MGM, and Popeye shorts, hosted by marionettes and a nanny goat. Cartoons are now exclusively on Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and Boomerang.
In the 1990s, TNT scheduled a lineup of shows for weekday afternoons including Due South, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, Babylon 5, and Ellen. In 1998, TNT took over production of the fifth and final season of Babylon 5 from the defunct Prime Time Entertainment Network. In 1999, TNT produced the Babylon 5 spinoff series Crusade but it was canceled after 13 episodes, when TNT decided science fiction did not fit their brand identity.
During 2001, TNT had its then most successful original series, Witchblade, which ran for two seasons, ending its run in 2002.
"We Know Drama" era (2001-2011) 
On June 12, 2001, TNT relaunched itself, with a new logo (by Trollbäck + Company) and a new slogan, "We Know Drama", which emphasized the channel's new focus on programming with drama and energy, such as sports and network TV dramas like Angel, Law & Order, Charmed, NYPD Blue, ER, Without a Trace, Alias, Judging Amy, Las Vegas and Cold Case. It is in direct contrast to sister channel TBS, which shows more comedy related programming, and by extension Cartoon Network, which showed exclusively animated programming at the time (it still has a predominately animated schedule). In addition, NASCAR coverage moved to TNT from TBS starting in the 2001 season, as Ted TurnerEmpty citation (help) believed that it would fit more with TNT's new look and theme than TBS.
On January 1, 2003, "TNT Plus" began broadcasting as a substitute for TNT, although it does not appear this was ever reflected in the channel's on-air identity. The apparent sole purpose of its establishment was to force rate renegotiations to help pay for TNT's new NBA and NASCAR contracts, well before the channel's rates were scheduled to come up for renewal with most cable and satellite providers. In theory, TNT Plus was to have been the sole carrier of Turner's NBA and NASCAR coverage from that point forward, while any providers still carrying the original TNT would have seen replacement programming instead. Although it appears that Comcast did not immediately sign on for TNT Plus, there is no evidence of Turner actually pulling sports programming from the "original" TNT.
On 7 December 2008, TNT unveiled a newly stylized update of its logo, mainly in shiny silver (onscreen during programming and on the TNT website) but sometimes in gold. The campaign will continue to use the channel's tagline "We Know Drama" but with more of a focus on its original series and its plan to have three nights of original primetime programming starting in 2009.
2012 rebrand 
In 2012, TNT rebranded itself with a new slogan: "Drama, Period.", and the logo was simply recolored to match the themes of their shows.
TNT HD 
TNT HD is a 1080i high definition simulcast of TNT. TNT HD is criticized for its practice of airing a significant amount of 4:3 standard definition content stretched to 16:9 through a nonlinear process similar to the "panorama" setting on many HDTVs that some viewers have nicknamed Stretch-o-Vision; though other simulcasted HD cable channels have also fallen into this practice, TNT is usually cited since it was one of the first channels with an HD simulcast. The nonlinear stretching process leaves objects in the center of the screen with approximately their original aspect ratio; objects at the left and right edges are distorted. In addition to true HD content at 16:9, TNT HD also airs unstretched upconverted standard definition content in its original aspect ratio.
Widescreen movies 
Below a list of some of the movies TNT HD provides in a non-stretched widescreen format and airs frequently. Movies will be noted if they were aired in their original aspect ratio (OAR).
- The Grudge (provided in OAR)
- Jerry Maguire (provided in OAR)
- The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
- The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
- Titanic (provided in OAR)
- Forrest Gump
TNT's success with original series includes the critically acclaimed The Closer, ad-supported cable's #1 series of all time; Saving Grace, which averages more than 5 million viewers along with Leverage; and Raising the Bar, which set a new ad-supported cable viewership record when it premiered on Labor Day 2008 (but has recently been canceled). Hawthorne premiered in the summer of 2009 to 3.85 million viewers, while Dark Blue premiered to under 3 million viewers. The channel also picked up Southland after it was canceled by NBC. In 2010, TNT premiered three new dramas; the light-hearted Men of a Certain Age, cop drama Memphis Beat, and police procedural Rizzoli & Isles. Rizzoli & Isles premiered in July 2010 and set a new ad-supported cable viewership record for a series premiere.
Syndicated series and films 
As of 2012, TNT is home to eleven syndicated television series including Cold Case, Bones, CSI: NY, Numb3rs, Charmed, Law & Order, Angel, Las Vegas, Smallville, The Mentalist, and Supernatural (seasons 1-7).
TNT also owns cable television rights to various films, which are generally dramatic in scope (with comedic films airing on TBS), including action, science fiction, and war dramas (it has uncut broadcast rights to Saving Private Ryan, for example).
TNT Sports (under the Turner Sports division) mainly consists of NBA basketball games and NASCAR races. The NBA on TNT (with studio hosts Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, and Shaquille O'Neal) dates back to 1988 and has aired, either by itself or in combination with a similar package on TBS Superstation, ever since. It is considered one of the best studio shows on television. NASCAR came to TNT in 2001, carried over from TBS by their shared parent company. From 2001 to 2006, the race package was split with NBC; as of 2007, it stands alone, with six races telecast annually. Currently, TNT has the cable rights to the first two rounds of The PGA Championship.
TNT will air Major League Baseball postseason games in the event TBS' MLB coverage has a scheduling conflict (e.g. the end of one game overruns into the start time of another game). In 2011 TNT aired Game 2 of the Tampa Bay Rays vs. Texas Rangers series, Game 2 of the Detroit Tigers vs. New York Yankees series and Game 3 of the Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Milwaukee Brewers series.
TNT inherited the telecast of the 2001 UAW-GM Quality 500 NASCAR race at Lowe's Motor Speedway from NBC due to the beginning of Operation Enduring Freedom. It currently airs six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race each year including races at Pocono, Michigan, Sonoma, Kentucky, Daytona and New Hampshire in June and July.
TNT's coverage of the 2009 NBA playoffs earned the highest first-round ratings ever for a cable television channel.
NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament on TNT 
On April 22, 2010, a monumental 14 year 10.8 billion dollar agreement was reached with Turner Broadcasting to receive joint broadcast rights along with CBS for the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship. Starting with the 2011 tournament, in addition to CBS, TNT along with its sister networks TBS and truTV, will carry the first and second round games of the tournament as well as regional semifinal games. Beginning in 2016, CBS and TBS will alternate coverage of the Final Four weekend and broadcast of the championship game.
Upcoming series/pilots 
- American Flesh: Examination of social, political, racial, and sexual issues during the Golden Age of Porn in Southern California. Cast: Holly Hunter.
- The Command – An elite squad of detectives are handpicked to served in Borough Command, where they are assigned the most high profile cases.
- Enigma – A modern day Sherlock Holmes type series. From CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker.
- Gateway – Set in the late 1860s, the series tells the story of two brothers as they try to build a new life after the Civil War in a town called Gateway.
- Scent of the Missing – The show revolves around the working life of a Search & Rescue Officer and her dog.
- Seconds of Our Lives: Life in suburbia (a la American Beauty, Far From Heaven, and The Ice Storm). Written by Todd Haynes and Burr Steers.
- Snatched – Described as a new take on the late '90s series Relic Hunter, Snatched revolves around the daily life of a woman in her mid-thirties as she performs her day job of collecting priceless ancient artifacts, while also attempting to maintain a normal personal life.
- Untitled Mitch Alborn Project – This series follows the exploits of the station manager of a Detroit radio station.
- Untitled Shaun Cassidy Project – A family centered drama about a southern family who must adapt when they take in their recently widowed daughter-in-law and grandson.
- Untitled Jay Cocks Project – Based on the Tess Monaghan book series by Laura Lippman, the series centers on a former reporter turned Private Investigator.
- Untitled Eric Garcia Project – The series revolve around a police clerk, whose overactive imagination is used to help solve crime.
- Untitled John Wells Project – Set in the Pacific Mid-West, the series revolves around a family of cops as they investigate the paranormal goings-on in a small town.
European, Australian, Latin American, Spanish and Asian versions of TNT were launched in the 1990s but were exclusively dedicated to movies, mainly from the MGM and Warner Brothers archives (The UK and Scandinavian TNT did show WCW Monday Nitro on Friday nights just four days after its US broadcast, and the Latin American version aired a children's block called "Magic Box"). The European, Australian and Asian versions of the channel were paired with Cartoon Network, while the Latin American version of the channel was paired with CNN International. The EMEA, Asian and Australasian TNT channels eventually became Turner Classic Movies, while the Latin American version retained the TNT branding. The most known signal broadcast from TNT in Europe was (and still is) the signal feed in France, and used similar graphics to what the US signal feed was using at the time. TCM is still operating and broadcasts MGM and Warner Brothers films like the old TNT used to. There is now also a TCM 2 in the United Kingdom which broadcasts films from MGM and Warner Brothers also.
In January 2009, a version of TNT launched in Germany as TNT Serie. The channel shows the German premiere of 30 Rock and Friday Night Lights, as well a wide variety of old and recent American drama and comedy, including Murder, She Wrote, Northern Exposure, Monk, Third Watch, Rescue Me, Six Feet Under, Seinfeld, ER, The King of Queens, Everybody Loves Raymond, Caroline in the City, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and Falling Skies. Shows on TNT Serie are broadcast with two audio channels, one with the original English soundtrack and one with a German-dubbed soundtrack.
As of fall 2010, both "TNT Serie" and "TNT Film" are also available in HD as "TNT Serie HD" and "TNT Film HD".
The TNT brand came back to the Spanish market in summer 2007, when it launched exclusively on pay TV platform Digital+ becoming the 6th Turner channel available in Spain after TCM, TCM Clásico (launched alongside the new TNT), Cartoon Network, Boomerang and CNN+, a joint-venture between Turner Broadcasting and the Spanish Sogecable. As of 2012[update], TNT is available on several cable operartors. TNT España its divided in two blocks: Movies and TV Series, airing TV shows such as: The Vampire Diaries, The Big Bang Theory, Two and a Half Men, and Falling Skies. TNT España was the first channel which produced a TV series for a pay/cable channel in Spain.
A local version of TNT in Turkey launched in 3 March 2008 by Doğan Media Group as a film channel. Foreign TV series and movies were aired and the original red-gray TNT logo was used. In 24 January 2011, it was re-launched as an entertainment channel with new TV shows. In 2012, TNT will be renamed into tv2.
'The Scandinavian channel was originally launched by tabloid newspaper Aftonbladet as Aftonbladet TV7 on 9 October 2006. Aftonbladet sold the channel in late 2007. In August 2008, it was sold once again and is since owned by Turner's NonStop Television. On 2 March 2011 the channel was relaunched as TNT7, following Turner Broadcasting System's purchase of MMG, the owner of NonStop Television. The channel is now called TNT since the seven was dropped from the name on 21 March 2012.
Netherlands & Flanders 
On 10 April 2012 TNT HD Benelux started in Belgium, exclusively on Telenet. The first month was offered to consumers for free, with a subscription required thereafter. The channel launched in the Netherlands on 24 January 2013. TNT HD Benelux offers a mix of comedies, movies and current TV series such as Falling Skies, Shameless and Memphis Beat, as well as classic series including E.R., The West Wing and Smallville.
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- TNT and TBS Announce Extensive Slate of New Projects from Top Talents, Including Mitch Albom, Thom Beers, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Conan O'Brien, Brad Paisley, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Richard North Patterson, Ridley Scott, Tony Scott, Joel Silver, Arthur Smith, Scott Turow, Bertram van Munster and John Wells
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