[12/13/05 - 12:00 AM]
TNT to Encore First Season of the Closer, Ad-Supported Cable's Top New Original Series of 2005, Starring 2005 Golden Globe Nominee Kyra Sedgwick

[via press release from TNT]

TNT to Encore First Season of THE CLOSER, Ad-Supported Cable�s Top New Original Series of 2005, Starring 2005 Golden Globe Nominee Kyra Sedgwick

First 13 Episodes of Hit Original Drama Series To Air Tuesdays at 10, Beginning Dec. 27

Ad-supported cable�s #1 new original series of the year, which today received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Series, is getting a special encore when TNT reprises the first 13 episodes of the hit drama THE CLOSER, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 27, at 10 p.m. THE CLOSER, starring Kyra Sedgwick (The Woodsman, Something To Talk About, TNT�s Door to Door), who today collected her third Golden Globe nomination, is a gripping crime drama about an Atlanta detective transferred to Los Angeles to head the LAPD�s Priority Homicide Division. Episodes from the first season will run in order Tuesdays at 10 p.m. through March 28. TNT recently renewed THE CLOSER for a 15-episode second season, set to begin in June 2006.

�We are extremely proud to offer a special encore of this top-notch series, featuring Kyra Sedgwick in a pitch-perfect, Golden Globe-nominated performance,� said Steve Koonin, executive vice president and chief operating officer for TNT and TBS, �This encore presentation will give to viewers who may have missed it the first time around, as well as viewers who want to return for a second helping, the opportunity to relish in THE CLOSER�s fascinating characters and complex stories full of intricate twists and turns.�

For its 13-episode first season, THE CLOSER averaged a 3.7 national household rating (4.5 coverage rating) and ranks as ad-supported cable�s #1 new original series of the year among adults 18-49 (1,935,000); adults 25-54 (2,380,000); persons 2+ (5,451,000); and households (4,005,000).

THE CLOSER premiered Monday, June 13, scoring a 4.8 U.S. household rating and delivering 5,259,000 households, making it the current record holder as ad-supported cable�s top original scripted series telecast ever. The premiere episode also delivered 7,027,000 persons 2+, making it ad-supported cable�s most watched series telecast this year.

In THE CLOSER, Sedgwick stars as feminine yet forceful, offbeat yet indomitable CIA-trained Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson, a former Atlanta detective brought to Los Angeles to head a special LAPD unit charged with cracking sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Brenda has a great talent for knowing a person�s secrets and obtaining confessions, with skills that stem from understanding her own imperfections and neuroses. No matter the personal costs, she does whatever it takes to find out the truth.

Co-starring in THE CLOSER are J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Law & Order, Oz) as Brenda�s boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope; Corey Reynolds (The Terminal, Hairspray) as Sgt. David Gabriel; Robert Gossett (Arlington Road, The Net) as Captain Taylor; G.W. Bailey (M*A*S*H, St. Elsewhere, Police Academy) as Detective Lt. Provenza; Jon Tenney (You Can Count on Me, Get Real) as FBI Agent Fritz Howard; Tony Denison (Melrose Place, The Amy Fisher Story) as Detective Andy Flynn; Raymond Cruz (Collateral Damage, Training Day) as Detective Julio Sanchez; Michael Paul Chan (Robbery Homicide Division, The Insider) as Detective Mike Tao; 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., Two Soldiers). Gil Garcetti, Los Angeles district attorney from 1992 to 2000, is a consulting producer on the series, while Detective Mike Berchem serves as technical advisor.

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 Kyra Sedgwick, and the action-packed crime series Wanted, with Gary Cole; powerful one-hour dramas, such as Law & Order, Without a Trace, Alias, Las Vegas, Cold Case, ER, NYPD Blue, Charmed, Judging Amy and Angel; broadcast premiere movies; 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 a leading provider of programming for the television industry.

  [december 2005]  

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