TNT has taken Treat Williams' Heartland off the donor list after nine episodes. The med drama opened with poor retention of lead-in The Closer's audience, and only waned further when it got bumped to an 8 pm slot. Its audience also skewed a bit old for Madison Avenue's liking. Looking ahead, says Variety, TNT has greenlit production on Leverage, a pilot directed and produced by Dean Devlin (The Librarian) and concerning a team of high-tech thieves who target wealthy crooks, corrupt power brokers and slimy politicos. Ooh, it's as if Robin Hood watched those few episodes of Smith!
Question: Do you know the fate of Heartland on TNT? Although not outstanding, I enjoyed watching it, and this week was the final show. Is that it for Treat Williams and cast?
Answer: My gut tells me the show has flatlined. The writing was probably on the wall from the time TNT bounced it from its post-Closer slot in favor of Saving Grace. But as far as I know, no official word has come down yet ...
Question: I'm a little worried: I love The Closer and I enjoy watching Heartland right afterward. But the previews for Saving Grace indicate that it is going to go on in the Heartland time period. Have they already canceled this great show? I hope not. I hope they are just going to preview Saving Grace, then it will move to a different time period. Please don't tell me that Heartland is leaving already. It has only been on for a few episodes.
Answer: Matt Roush: You're right to be worried. The numbers for Heartland didn't hold up, and it wasn't getting much critical buzz, to put it mildly, so TNT decided to switch things around and, starting Monday, it has moved Heartland an hour before The Closer on Mondays as a lead-in. Saving Grace was originally scheduled to air on a different night of the week, but TNT is now hoping that Closer fans will stay tuned for Holly Hunter's oddball new show, which feels at times like an R-rated Touched by an Angel uneasily mixed with a procedural crime
Is Heartland not beating strongly enough? TNT has announced that Academy Award winner Holly Hunter's Saving Grace, originally pegged for a July 18 bow and Wednesdays-at-10 time slot, instead will premiere Monday, July 23, serving as The Closer's new lead-out.Treat Williams' Heartland will stay put until Grace's arrival, at which point it will air two hours earlier, Mondays at 8.
Good ol’ Dr. Andy Brown is still putting people back together, only these days Treat Williams is specializing in cutting-edge transplants as Nathaniel Grant on TNT’s brand-new Heartland (Mondays at 10 pm/ET). TVGuide.com invited Williams to preview what’s ahead for his new surgeon, as well as reflect on Everwood’s unfortunate fate.
TVGuide.com: First off, let’s talk to the Everwood fans out there. What will they find familiar about your new doc, and what will they find different?Treat Williams: Hmm, that’s a good question. Not too much familiar, a lot different. This is the guy that Andy Brown probably was in New York, five years before he came to Everwood — very caught up in a very high-stress environmen