TNT/TBS 2011-12 TV schedule: 'The Closer' spin-off in works

Mary McDonnell will star in "Major Crimes" on TNT. (TNT)

With the final season of "The Closer" approaching TNT announced Wednesday that it will launch a spin-off called "Major Crimes" starring Mary McDonnell as Capt. Raydor, who was often butting heads with Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) on "The Closer."

It's not surprising news, but it is good news. McDonnell is always watchable. Even though the joy of her appearances on "The Closer" was seeing here and Brenda go at each other, I have high hopes for "Major Crimes," which will be executive-produced by James Duff, creator of "The Closer," along with Greer Shephard and Michael M. Robin. TNT plans to air 15 episodes of "The Closer" in 2011 and six in summer 2012, leading into the launch of "Major Crimes."

TNT will launch two new series this summer: the alien invasion drama "Falling Skies" and the lawyer dramedy "Franklin & Bash." They join seven returning series: "The Closer," "Rizzoli & Isles," "Men of a Certain Age," "Leverage," "HawthoRNe," "Memphis Beat" and "Southland."  For 2012, TNT has ordered "Perception," a series starring Eric McCormack that centers on a neuroscientist who works to solve complex criminal cases.

Over at TBS, the new hour-long comedy "The Wedding Band" (working title) will launch a 10-episode first season in summer 2012. It stars Brian Austin Green, Harold Perrineau, Peter Cambor, Derek Miller and Melora Hardin and follows the misadventures of four friends who spend their spare time performing in a band.

Take a look at the other shows in development at both TNT and TBS below.

TNT scripted series in development
Untitled Kip Koenig/John Wells Productions Project
Set against the backdrop of the Pacific Northwest, this drama follows a family of cops who uncover the mystical and often crime-ridden world of a small town where things aren’t as they appear. The project comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, Kip Koenig (Grey’s Anatomy) and John Wells Productions (Southland, Shameless, The West Wing).

Scent of the Missing
A search-and-rescue officer braves the harshest conditions with her best friend and partner, a Labrador retriever. Based on the book of the same name, Scent of the Missing comes to TNT from CBS Television Studios and executive producers Barry Josephson (Bones) and Carol Mendelsohn (CSI) and producers Diane Nabatoff (Take The Lead) and Shelly Glasser (The Good Girl).

In a nation still healing from the Civil War, lawlessness rules the small towns of the Old West. Three brothers bound by duty, honor and self-preservation take a stand. Together, they fight to survive and thrive – all in a small town called Gateway. The series comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, Bruce McKenna (The Pacific, Band of Brothers), Danny Cannon (CSI) and Deran Serafian (House, CSI).

Untitled Eric Garcia Project
A daydreaming police clerk’s overactive imagination isn’t just a way to escape her mundane work life. It’s also her mind’s way of helping detectives solve crime. The project comes to TNT from Warner Horizon Television, Eric Garcia (Matchstick Men) and executive producers McG (Terminator Salvation, the Charlie’s Angels movies) and Peter Johnson (Supernatural) of Wonderland Sound and Vision (Supernatural, Chuck, The O.C.).

Untitled Jay Cocks Project
Based on the character from the Laura Lippman series of books, this drama centers on Tess Monaghan, a former newspaper reporter who has become a private eye in the tough city of Baltimore. The project comes to TNT from Jay Cocks (Gangs of New York) and Bill Haber’s Ostar Productions (TNT’s Rizzoli & Isles).

Untitled Shaun Cassidy/Kimberly Williams-Paisley Project
When a hot Southern mess of a family takes in their widowed daughter-in-law and her gifted young son, these vibrant characters all in their own way come to learn that it’s not the family you’re born into that counts but the family you make. This emotional comedy/drama, set in and around the bucolic town of Franklin, Tenn., comes to TNT from executive producers Kimberly Williams-Paisley (According to Jim), Brad Paisley and Shaun Cassidy (Roar, Invasion).

Untitled Mitch Albom Project