southland cudlitz mckenzie 'Southland' returns in January; 'Closer,' 'Leverage' back in NovemberTNT has laid out its schedule of originals for the end of 2011 and the early part of 2012, including the return of “Southland” in January and new episodes of “Leverage,” “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” starting in late November.

The channel is also kicking off a movie franchise on Tuesday nights, featuring adaptations of popular crime novels.

“Leverage” will be the first show back. The back end of Season 4 kicks off Sunday, Nov. 27 and will run for eight episodes. “The Closer” and “Rizzoli & Isles” will return the following night, each for five episodes.

Then on Tuesday, Nov. 29, TNT will kick off its “Mystery Movie Night” franchise with “Scott Turow’s Innocent,” a legal thriller starring Bill Pullman, Marcia Gay Harden and Alfred Molina. New movies will air on Tuesdays and Wednesdays each week.

“Southland” begins its 10-episode fourth season on Jan. 17. Lucy Liu has joined the cast as a special guest star and will appear in most of the episodes.

Posted by:Rick Porter