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'Animal Kingdom,' 'Good Behavior' Nab TNT Series Orders

TNT is moving ahead with dramas Animal Kingdom and Good Behavior.

The Turner-owned cable network announced Thursday that it has picked up both pilots to series. Both 10-episode projects are expected to debut in 2016; formal premiere dates have not yet been determined.

Animal Kingdom is a family crime-drama set in a gritty surf community that brings John Wells (Southland) back to TNT. The Warner Horizon Television/John Wells Productions drama hails from Wells, Jonathan Lisco, Andrew Stearn, David Michod (the Animal Kingdom feature) and Liz Watts. Wells will direct the pilot from a script by Lisco. The project is inspired by the 2010 pic produced by Watts and written and directed by Michod and originally developed for Showtime in 2011. Ellen Barkin, Scott Speedman and Shawn Hatosy topline the cast. The pickup gives Wells two dramas on cable, with Animal Kingdom joining Showtime veteran Shameless.

Good Behavior, meanwhile, is based on the Letty Dobesh books by Blake Crouch. It reunites the author with Wayward Pines executive producer Chad Hodge. Michelle Dockery (Downton Abbey) stars as Letty Dobesh, a thief and con artist whose life is always one wrong turn, one bad decision from implosion — which is just how she likes it. Fresh out of prison, Letty is attempting to stay afloat, but when she overhears a hitman being hired to kill a man's wife, she sets out to derail the job, setting her on a collision course with the killer and entangling them in a dangerous and seductive relationship. Juan Diego Botto co-stars, with Crouch, Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements attached to exec produce. Hodge, who will not be involved in the second season of Fox's Wayward Pines, is set as showrunner.

"Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom are muscular, distinct dramas that will define the new direction of TNT," said Sarah Aubrey, TNT executive vp original programming. "We believe audiences will love watching Michelle Dockery trade in her manners for the life of a sexy, complex ex-con in Good Behavior and Ellen Barkin and Scott Speedman command an unruly family of criminals and adrenaline junkies in Animal Kingdom."
The projects mark the latest pickups for TNT under network topper Kevin Reilly, and come as the executive has been looking to make noise and cut through the clutter with edgier fare that pushes the cabler's envelope beyond stalwarts including Rizzoli & Isles.
Good Behavior and Animal Kingdom join a roster of original scripted dramas including Alienist, Transporter: The Series, The Librarians, Major Crimes, Legends and more.

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