TBS welcomed "Cougar Town," its new star acquisition, Wednesday morning at the TNT/TBS 2012 Upfront presentation.
"Cougar Town" is "the only show that consumes more red wine at the upfronts than you do," TBS executive vice president and head of programming Michael Wright quipped when he introduced the comedy -- which Turner saved from it's not-so-bright future with ABC -- to assembled media and advertisers.
As the show's cast took to the stage, Courteney Cox spoke warmly about "Cougar Town's" move from ABC to TBS. "Everyone at 'Cougar Town' is thrilled to be a part of this new home at TBS. This network is a destination for new comedy and we know that 'Cougar Town' and TBS will be a perfect fit."
The other major development of the upfront presentation was Turner's plan to accelerate original programming to a year-round schedule on both networks.
As part of that strategy, TNT unveiled its new Monday night schedule. "Major Crimes," the legal crime spin-off of "The Closer," starring Mary MacDonald, will be followed by "Perception," starring Eric McCormack as Daniel Pierce, a brilliant yet schizophrenic forensic neuropsychology expert.
TNT will also branching out into unscripted dramas with several reality shows. "Boston Blue," a reality show about a division of Boston Police officers called the Strike Force, will be produced by Donnie Wahlberg.
There's also "Great Escape," a reality show where teams have to escape from jails and other elaborate structures, hosted by Rich Eisen, and "72 Hours," where three teams of two are dropped into remote locations and have to survive on only one bottle of water for three days.
TNT also unveiled a new trailer for "Monday Mornings," a new medical drama starring Ving Rhames and Alfred Molina, from producer David E. Kelley based on a book from Dr. Sanjay Gupta.
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