TNT will stack all three of its original series on one night next month, with newbies "Saving Grace" and "Heartland" flanking "The Closer."
That means viewers will have to wait a few days more for "Grace," which stars Holly Hunter as an Oklahoma City detective with major life issues who receives help from an angel ("Deadwood's" Leon Rippy). The series will debut Monday, July 23, five days later than originally planned.
"Saving Grace" will follow "The Closer" at 10 p.m., which means "Heartland," which has had some difficulty retaining its lead-in audience, will move to the leadoff spot at 8 p.m. "Saving Grace" may be a better thematic fit, as both shows are about female cops with bagfuls of character quirks.
"Heartland," which stars Treat Williams as a transplant surgeon and Kari Matchett as his ex-wife, who works in the same hospital, will remain in the 10 p.m. spot for the next three weeks. It premiered last week to 4.3 million viewers, retaining only about half of its lead-in. (Numbers for this week's episode weren't available Tuesday.)
TNT has never done a full night of original series in the past, and almost no other cable network has either. Lifetime will try something similar on Sundays later this summer, when two new shows, "Side Order of Life" and "State of Mind," join "Army Wives" on Sunday.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times