Summer 2006 Highlights
TNT ORIGINAL SERIES
THE CLOSER � Second season launches Monday, June 12, at 9 p.m.; premiere episode to air uninterrupted and commercial-free, sponsored by Audi
Golden Globe� and Screen Actors Guild Award� nominee Kyra Sedgwick (The Woodsman, Loverboy, Cavedweller) scores a triumph as the star of this taut police drama from the producers of Nip/Tuck and The Agency. The show delivered more than 5.3 million households for its June 13, 2005, premiere, making it ad-supported cable�s top original scripted series telecast ever. In THE CLOSER, which also earned a SAG Award� nomination for its ensemble cast, Sedgwick stars as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson, a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the Los Angeles Police Department that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Johnson�s quirky personality and hard-nosed approach often rubs her colleagues the wrong way, but her reputation as one of the world�s best interrogators eventually wins over even her toughest critics. Joining Sedgwick in the series are J.K. Simmons (Spider-Man, Law & Order, Oz) as Johnson�s boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope, and Robert Gossett (Arlington Road, The Net) as Captain Taylor, head of the robbery homicide division, as well as Jon Tenney (You Can Count on Me, Get Real), Corey Reynolds (The Terminal), Tony Denison (Chasing Papi) and G.W. Bailey (M*A*S*H). THE CLOSER comes to TNT from The Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. James Duff (The D.A., The Agency), Greer Shephard (Nip/Tuck, The D.A.) and Michael Robin (Nip/Tuck, The D.A., NYPD Blue) serve as executive producers.
SAVED � Original series premiering Monday, June 12, at 10 p.m.; premiere episode to air uninterrupted and commercial-free
In this gripping character-driven drama, Tom Everett Scott (That Thing You Do, Boiler Room) plays Wyatt Cole, a conflicted yet charismatic young man who grapples with his father�s expectations and his own self-destructive tendencies. The series follows him as he makes his way through the minefield that is his 24-hour shift and finds his only solace in the job�s breakneck pace. Elizabeth Reaser (The Family Stone, Stay) plays Alice, Wyatt�s former girlfriend who now works as a resident at the hospital, while Omari Hardwick (Sucker Free City) plays Sack, Wyatt�s fellow paramedic. Other cast members include Michael McMillian (What I Like About You) and Tracy Vilar (Full Frontal). SAVED comes to TNT from Fox 21 and Imagine Television, with David Manson (Nothing Sacred, Thief) and Imagine Television�s David Nevins (Arrested Development) serving as executive producers. The pilot episode was directed by Darnell Martin (Their Eyes Were Watching God).
NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES: FROM THE STORIES OF STEPHEN KING � Eight-part/four-week anthology series with two stories airing each Wednesday night, beginning July 12, at 9 p.m.; premiere story to air uninterrupted and commercial-free
TNT is putting the summer on ice with this chilling all-star television event, a collection of eight mind-bending tales from the master of horror, Stephen King. NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES features such top performers as Emmy� winner and Oscar� nominee William H. Macy (Fargo, TNT�s Door to Door and The Wool Cap) and Jacqueline McKenzie (The 4400, Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood), who star in the adaptation of King�s short story Umney�s Last Case; Emmy� winner Kim Delaney (NYPD Blue, CSI: Miami) and Steven Weber (The Shining, Wings), who star in You Know They Got a Hell of a Band; Samantha Mathis (TNT�s The Mists of Avalon and Salem�s Lot) and Jeremy Sisto (Six Feet Under, TNT�s Julius Caesar), who headline The Fifth Quarter; Golden Globe nominee Ron Livingston (Band of Brothers, The Cooler) and Golden Globe nominee Henry Thomas (E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, Legends of the Fall), who star in The End of the Whole Mess; Oscar� nominee Tom Berenger (Platoon, TNT�s Into the West) and Oscar� nominee and Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl, Frasier), who head up The Road Virus Heads North; Oscar� winner William Hurt (Kiss of the Spider Woman, The Village), who headlines Battleground; Golden Satellite nominee Eion Bailey (And Starring Pancho Villa as Himself, Band of Brothers) and Claire Forlani (Meet Joe Black, Ripley Under Ground), who star in Crouch End; and Emmy� winner Richard Thomas (The Waltons) and Emmy� winner and Golden Globe nominee Greta Scacchi (Flightplan, Rasputin), who star in Autopsy Room Four. NIGHTMARES & DREAMSCAPES comes to TNT from Bill Haber�s Ostar Enterprises, with Haber (The Uprising, Jack and the Bean Stalk: The Real Story, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow) serving as executive producer. The series is produced by Mike Robe, Jeffrey Hayes and John J. McMahon.
TNT ORIGINAL MOVIES
THE RON CLARK STORY � August 2006
Three-time Emmy nominee Matthew Perry (Friends, The West Wing) adds one of the country�s most inspiring teachers to his resume of notable performances when he stars in this special TNT Original movie, the network�s latest production under the JOHNSON & JOHNSON SPOTLIGHT PRESENTATION� banner. The movie, directed by Emmy� and two-time Directors Guild of America Award nominee Randa Haines (Children of a Lesser God, Something about Amelia) from a script by Max Enscoe and Annie DeYoung (Wuthering Heights), follows the inspiring tale of an energetic, creative and idealistic young teacher who leaves his small North Carolina hometown to teach in a New York City public school. Through his passionate use of special rules for his classroom, highly innovative teaching techniques and an undying devotion to his students and helping them cope with their problems, Clark is able to make a remarkable difference in the lives of his students. As a result of his achievements, Clark won Disney�s prestigious Teacher of the Year award and was featured in Oprah�s O magazine. He has also written several successful books on education and child rearing. THE RON CLARK STORY is produced by Granada America and MAGNA Global Entertainment, with Howard Burkons (John Q), Brenda Friend (Joan of Arc), Sunta Izzicupo(Joan of Arc), Frances Page (Blow Out) and Adam Gilad (Take My Advice: The Ann and Abby Story) serving as executive producers, along with Paul Jackson (Hell�s Kitchen, Nanny 911) and Jody Brockway (Rudy: The Rudy Giuliani Story) of Granada. Craig McNeil (TNT�s Second Nature) of Granada serves as producer.
TNT SPECIAL EVENTS
INTO THE WEST Memorial Day Marathon � Monday, May 29, beginning at 6 a.m.
TNT�s all-star, Golden Globe�-nominated epic adventure about the settling of the American West returns with an all-day marathon to kick off the summer. This 12-hour production, from DreamWorks Television and executive producer Steven Spielberg, features a cast that includes Skeet Ulrich, Matthew Settle, Keri Russell, Alan Tudyk, Josh Brolin, Beau Bridges, George Leach, Screen Actors Guild Award� nominee Tonantzin Carmelo, Irene Bedard, Jessica Capshaw, Rachael Leigh Cook, Will Patton, Gary Busey, Zahn McClarnon, Michael Spears and Simon R. Baker, as well as many others. The story follows two multi-generational families, one settlers and the other Native American, each telling the dramatic stories of the development of the West from their distinct points of view. One family is the Wheeler clan, a Virginia family of wheelwrights making their trek westward. The other family is a plains Native American family hailing from the Lakota tribe. Throughout the series, the two families experience the historical events that led to an epic clash of cultures, often coming in contact with notable figures and events from the era.
LAW & ORDER July 4 Marathon � Tuesday, July 4, Noon-7 p.m.
Fans of one of television�s most popular and enduring drama series get their fill on Independence Day with a seven-hour marathon.
LAW & ORDER Labor Day Marathon � Monday, Sept. 4, 9 a.m.-7 p.m.
TNT closes out the summer with a 10-hour marathon of this incredibly popular, long-running series.
TNT THEATRICAL MOVIES
OUT OF TIME � Saturday, May 20, at 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Denzel Washington stars in this thriller about a smalltown Florida police chief who becomes a key suspect when foul play occurs. No matter what he does to clear himself, though, things only get worse. Eva Mendes plays his ex-wife, a police detective assigned to the case, while Sanaa Lathan plays a pitch-perfect femme fatale.
RUNAWAY JURY � Network Television Premiere: Friday, June 9, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.; Saturday, June 10, at 8 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.
John Grisham�s best-selling novel comes to the screen, with Dustin Hoffman starring as a New Orleans lawyer whose client is suing a major gun manufacturer over the death of her husband. Gene Hackman co-stars as a jury consultant working for the gun manufacturer, while John Cusack plays a juror who may have an agenda of his own. This gripping legal thriller also stars Rachel Weisz and Bruce Davison.
SIGNS � TNT Big Premiere Weekend: Friday, June 16, at 9 p.m.; Saturday, June 17, at 8 p.m.; and Sunday, June 18, at 8 p.m. and 10:15 p.m.
Mel Gibson headlines M. Night Shyamalan�s gripping sci-fi thriller about a minister who has lost his way after the death of his wife, only to find his faith further challenged by an invasion of deadly aliens. Joaquin Phoenix and Cherry Jones co-star in this intriguing story that takes on several difficult issues.
HALF LIGHT � World Television Premiere: Sunday, June 25, at 8 p.m., 10 p.m. and midnight
Demi Moore stars in this world premiere movie about a best-selling novelist who, after the tragic drowning of her 5-year-old son, moves to a remote cottage on the Scottish coast. But her demons have followed her as loneliness and paranoia leave her not knowing what�s real and what�s imagination in the fight to save her life. Craig Rosenberg (Hotel de Love) wrote and directed this intellectual thriller.
BRITISH OPEN � Thursday, July 20-Sunday, July 23
TNT offers extensive coverage of golf�s oldest championship each July as the sport�s best battle for one of its most prestigious titles. British Open Coverage also includes the SENIOR BRITISH OPEN Thursday, July 27-Friday, July 28, the WOMEN�S BRITISH OPEN Thursday, Aug. 3-Friday, Aug. 4.
PGA CHAMPIONSHIP � Thursday, Aug. 17-Sunday, Aug. 20
The drama unfolds during the year�s last major golf event as TNT airs more than 17 hours of live coverage of the 2006 PGA Championship. TNT provides exclusive coverage on Thursday and Friday, as well as weekend coverage.
All times ET/PT. Please note all programming is subject to change.