(from TNT's press release, July 2018) TNT has renewed two of its core, powerful dramas - Animal Kingdom and Claws - following their impressive summer premieres. The two-night, two-telecast season three launch of Animal Kingdom combined for 4.3M Total Viewers and 2.0M 18-49 viewers so far, the premiere airing alone generating 978K 18-49 in Live +7. The season two premiere of Claws drew 1.3MM 18-49 in Live +7, +38% higher than last year's series debut. Season two is now tracking +9% ahead of season one, ranks among the top 5 cable dramas this year, and is currently posting the largest YOY growth among all returning cable dramas. Both shows defy industry trends where the typical returning series is down double-digits. Animal Kingdom and Claws join TNT's The Alienist among the top 10 cable dramas in 2018. Season three of Animal Kingdom, a bold, adrenaline-fueled series, stars Emmy(R) and Tony(R) winner Ellen Barkin as the matriarch of the Cody crime family, along with Shawn Hatosy, Ben Robson, Jake Weary, Finn Cole, Molly Gordon, Carolina Guerra and special guest star and Emmy(R) nominee Denis Leary. In last season's shocking conclusion, Baz (Scott Speedman) was shot while on his way to Mexico after framing Smurf (Barkin) for murder. His fate was revealed in the season three premiere, which opens with Smurf still in jail and her grandson J (Cole) in charge of the family business. The Cody men find themselves increasingly divided as they fight for both control and their independence, but have to come together when outside threats emerge. Denis Leary made his series debut as Billy, Deran's (Weary) drifter dad who comes back to make amends, but may have other motives.