Cable channel TNT is developing horrormeister Stephen King’s short-story anthology “Nightmares & Dreamscapes” as a miniseries.
The book offers plenty of fodder for TV, covering such subjects as vampires, zombies, an evil toy, man-eating frogs, the burial of a Cadillac, a disembodied finger, and a wicked stepfather, according to amazon.com.
In addition, TNT has put six series in development, including “Confessions,” which chronicles a hit man’s attempt to go straight; “Grace,” about a jaded female cop; “The Midnight Club,” a thriller about a cop trying to bring down a crime kingpin, from novelist James Patterson (“Along Came a Spider”); “Sanctuary,” which is set in a mental hospital; “Smoke & Mirrors,” which is set in the advertising world; and “Talk to Me,” which follows hostage negotiators.
The network also revealed a June 10 premiere date for limited series “Into the West,” a limited series from executive producer Steven Spielberg, and scheduled two other series in the summer as part of its first stab at original programming.
Scheduled to air on successive Fridays at 8 p.m., “Into theWest” is a six-episode tale of Old West settlements. “West” repeats Saturdays and Sundays at 8 p.m.
TNT has scheduled the premiere of its first original recurring series, “The Closer,” for Mondays at 9 p.m. beginning June 13. Kyra Sedgwick stars as a Los Angeles deputy police chief. Its second drama, “Wanted,” will air Sundays at 10 p.m., premiering July 31. Gary Cole (“The West Wing”) stars as the head of a strike force tracking fugitives.
Meanwhile, TNT’s Time Warner sibling, TBS, has greenlighted three reality series and started development on a few others, including “Sketch Off,” a contest to find the best sketch-comedy troupe in the country. Whoopi Goldberg will serve as an executive producer.
A second season of reality comedy “The Real Gilligan’s Island” beginning June 8 will be followed by a trio including “Loser Leaves Town,” “Daisy Does America” and “Minding the Store.”
“Loser” pits two feuding neighbors in a series of competitions -- the loser leaves the neighborhood. “Daisy” stars British actress Daisy Donovan (“The 11 O’Clock Show”) as she embarks on a cross-country trip in order to become an all-American girl. “Minding the Store” follows the exploits of comedian Pauly Shore.