Air Date: Monday, June 12, 2006
Time Slot: 9:00 PM-10:00 PM EST on TNT
Episode Title: (#201) "Blue Blood"
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TNT Launches Second Dramatic Season of THE CLOSER, Debut of New Series SAVED

Monday, June 12, Premieres To Air Uninterrupted and Commercial-Free, Sponsored by Audi (THE CLOSER); Dodge and Quiznos (SAVED)

Kyra Sedgwick Returns in THE CLOSER as Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson Investigates Case Involving Murder of an LAPD Officer at 9 p.m. (ET/PT)

Tom Everett Scott Hits Streets of Portland as a Conflicted Paramedic in TNT�s Character-Driven Original Drama Series SAVED at 10 p.m. (ET/PT)

TNT launches another dramatic summer Monday, June 12, with the premiere of the eagerly anticipated second season of THE CLOSER, starring Golden Globe� and Screen Actors Guild Award� nominee Kyra Sedgwick (Something to Talk About, Loverboy, TNT�s Door to Door), and the debut of TNT�s new drama series SAVED, starring Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do, Boiler Room). The premieres of both series will be presented uninterrupted and commercial-free, with Audi sponsoring THE CLOSER�s second season launch at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) and Dodge and Quiznos sponsoring the series premiere of SAVED at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).

THE CLOSER � Episode 201: �Blue Blood�

Directed by Michael M. Robin, Written by James Duff & Mike Berchem

The premiere episode of THE CLOSER�s second season sends Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson (Sedgwick) on an internal investigation after the murder of an LAPD officer and the drug dealer he was investigating. But things are not always as they seem as Brenda discovers more and more about the dead officer�s past. Meanwhile, on the personal front, Brenda and her boyfriend, FBI Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney) discuss the possibility of taking their relationship to a new level, just as Brenda�s boss and former paramour, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons), finds his own personal life in upheaval.

THE CLOSER�s Screen Actors Guild Award�-nominated ensemble cast also features Corey Reynolds (The Terminal, Tony nominee for Hairspray) as Sgt. David Gabriel, Brenda�s right-hand man; Robert Gossett (Arlington Road, The Net) as Commander Taylor, head of the robbery homicide division and a frequent thorn in Brenda�s side; G.W. Bailey (M*A*S*H, St. Elsewhere, Police Academy) as quick-witted veteran Detective Lt. Provenza; Tony Denison (Melrose Place, The Amy Fisher Story) as disgruntled Detective Andy Flynn; Michael Paul Chan (Robbery Homicide Division, The Insider) as technology-minded Detective Mike Tao; Raymond Cruz (Collateral Damage, Training Day) as Detective Julio Sanchez; and Gina Ravera (The Temptations, Soul Food) as Detective Irene Daniels.

THE CLOSER comes to TNT from The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television and is executive-produced by Greer Shephard (nip/tuck, The D.A.), Michael M. Robin (nip/tuck, The D.A., NYPD Blue) and James Duff (The D.A., The Agency) and produced by Andrew J. Sacks (The D.A, Adaptation and Two Soliders). Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles district attorney from 1992 to 2000, is a consulting producer on the series.

Turner Network Television (TNT), television�s destination for drama and one of cable�s top-rated networks, offers original movies and series, including the detective drama series The Closer, starring Golden Globe� and Screen Actors Guild Awards nominee Kyra Sedgwick; Saved, a new character-driven drama starring Tom Everett Scott; and this summer�s eagerly anticipated anthology series Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King. TNT is also home to powerful one-hour dramas, such as Law & Order, Without a Trace, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, NYPD Blue, Charmed and Judging Amy; broadcast premiere movies; compelling prime-time specials, such as the Screen Actors Guild Awards�; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR and the NBA. TNT is also available in high-definition.

Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, is a major producer of news and entertainment product around the world and the leading provider of programming for the television industry.

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