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2013 Upfronts: TNT, TBS unveil shows from Dick Wolf, Frank Darabont

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TBS and TNT unveiled their new programming slates Wednesday in New York City, showcasing new series from Michael Bay, the Rock, Dick Wolf and CeeLo Green, as well as new late-night talent Pete Holmes.

At TNT, new offerings include “The Last Ship,” an action series from executive producer Bay about the crew of a naval destroyer set in the aftermath a global pandemic, set to premiere in 2014. “Lost Angels,” a 1940s film noir from “The Walking Dead” creator Frank Darabont, will debut later this year. First to the airwaves is “The Hero,” a reality competition series hosted by Dwayne Johnson, also known as the Rock, which launches June 6. From “Law & Order” Svengali Dick Wolf, “Cold Justice” puts an unscripted spin on the procedural. It debuts Sept. 3.

At sister network TBS, new offerings include “Deal With It,” a hidden-camera competition show from Howie Mandel, premiering July 16. “Ground Floor,” a workplace comedy from “Cougar Town” executive producer Bill Lawrence, is set to air sometime next year. On June 12, popular “Conan” writer Deon Cole will branch out with his own show, “Deon Cole’s Black Box.” “The CeeLo Life,” launching in 2014, is a reality series about the flamboyant musician and "The Voice" coach.

Despite (literal) acrobatics from Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks, the highlight of the presentation was a set by Conan O’Brien, who was there to plug not only his own show but that of protégé Holmes, whose late-night program is set to debut in November.

“I’m as [unhappy] about being here as you are,” he joked before the over-capacity crowd at the Hammerstein Ballroom. Though he introduced Holmes as “one of the most likable performers I’ve ever met in my life,” the young comedian described himself in less flattering terms as a “lesbian Val Kilmer.”

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