TNT Developing Firestarter Sequel, 87th Precinct Series, Time Travel Drama and More Genre Fare

TNT Firestarter SeriesUpon unveiling a new logo and tagline — “TNT Drama. Boom.” — the cabler on Wednesday morning announced a development slate that in part will help build “a dynamic portfolio of thrilling genre fare,” including a follow-up to Stephen King’s Firestarter novel.

Titled The Shop, this supernatural thriller centers on the titular organization that once exploited the pyrokinetic abilities of a young girl named Charlie McGee. Twenty years after bringing The Shop to its knees, Charlie has been tracked down by one of its former members, Henry Talbot, who reveals that The Shop is alive and badder than ever, unleashing terrifying new entities into the world. It’s now up to Talbot, Charlie and others like her to find The Shop and destroy it for good.

Also in development at TNT, as revealed at its annual Upfront presentation:

* A Donnie Wahlberg-produced adaptation of Ed McBain’s 87th Precinct, one of the longest-running crime series ever published.

* From producers Greg Berlanti (Arrow) and Nick Wootton (Prison Break), the conspiracy thriller President X is about a POTUS who, upon waking from a 13-month coma and removed from his job, uses his Detroit-bred cunning to investigate the attempt on his life.

* In Fix-It Men, a team of individuals is sent back in time from 2027 to disrupt a series of events that will lead to a cataclysmic war in the future –- but then something goes wrong, trapping them in 2014 Vancouver Manhattan.

* Based on a French web series, Kali is about a young woman who awakens on a train with no memory of who she is or how she got there, and who then discovers that a chip has been implanted in her brain to transform her into a human weapon — one which two warring entities are fighting over.

* Breed is described as an atmospheric, supernatural drama about a race of creatures who are committing brutal murders in the Pacific Northwest, and the reluctant FBI investigator who pairs with a female assassin to track them.

* Lastly, Anonymous follows an ex-Special Ops soldier who, after being forced off the grid when he uncovers a global cover-up, discovers a new purpose: helping those who cannot help themselves.

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23 Comments
  1. David4 says:

    Those actually sound fun.

  2. Roger says:

    Fix-it Men sounds like a complete ripoff of Continuum.

    • Not “sounds like”, IS a complete ripoff. Does Simon Barry have a case here of copyright infringement?

      • Roger says:

        At least I’m not the only one that feels that way. Continuum is WAY too good of a show to have an less thought out imitation.

        • AD says:

          I gave up on Continuum recently. Impossible to follow, completely confusing, kind of a mess and a bunch of characters I generally don’t care about. The premise though is awesome and I actually am happy TNT is doing teir own version…might be more fun, less dreary, easier to stay with week to week.

    • RUCookie says:

      And Anonymous Is Burn Notice in a different city

      • Josh says:

        “This year on TNT, TNT steals ideas from other cable networks because we know drama…or at the very least we steal it”

    • Alan says:

      and thats why the article has vancover written in the description with a strikethrough on it, it shows how theyve literally only changed the city its set in; thats good journalism matt.

    • Josh says:

      Yeah, it’s pretty bad, especially because you know either some of the group are traitors or another group went back with them.

  3. Ryan says:

    Boom? Weirdest part of an article about sci-fi shows.

    • David4 says:

      Because it’s not drama without explosions.

      And TNT goes boom.

      Can I make millions doing this crap? Lol

  4. Relaxxx says:

    The Shop and Fix It Men sounds interesting! Love all the sci fi and horror alot of networks are now doing!

  5. Aprilcot says:

    Firestarter is one of my favorite King novels. WIth the right cast and quality writing, I would definitely tune in! Breed could be interesting as well.

  6. Maryann says:

    I will give all of these that make it to series a look. They all sound good.

  7. Annie says:

    I loved the 87 Princent series!!!!!!! Ed McBain was a great storyteller. Looking forward to this series the most!!

  8. Gerald says:

    The Shop sounds good. Hope they cast it well. What’s Drew up to now a days?
    Anonymous sounds like a 1 man “A-team”.

  9. Tim says:

    Um, we’ve already had a Firestarter followup miniseries featuring a grown-up Charlie battling the remnants of The Shop. It was not well received. Why do we need another one?

  10. Fix-It Men sounds cool.

  11. Hello Yellow says:

    Yes to Fix It Men, Kali, and The Shop! Anonymous reminds me of this 80′s show called The Equalizer! It was a good show! I liked the original Firestarter but if they were going to remake any Stephen King movie in my eyes it should be, IT! I would love to watch Pennywise every week on the small screen but I get the whole tormenting and killing little kids on the small screen thing! All and all these shows sound promising!

  12. WB has been trying to remake It as a motion picture for years. They keep promising a remake.

    Denzel Washington is starring in a remake of The Equalizer. Today, we’ll refer to it as “this 80′s show”. Next year we’ll call it “Denzel’s new movie”, lol.

  13. Hello Yellow says:

    Oh I’m glad to hear they are thinking of doing something with It! What I notice is everything is being remade or is a remake of remake! Whatever they choose to do it should always be better than the original! If your serious about Denzel as The Equalizer I will pass on that one! What made that show great was that it was a unassuming old guy going around wrecking up shop! Unless they age him some then alright!