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May 06, 2009

TNT summer premiere dates: 'Closer,' 'Grace,' 'Bar' ...

TNT the closer TNT is gearing up for its summertime borrowing of CBS' procedural drama fans. The network has four returning series and three new shows, including the unscripted series Wedding Day and Jerry Bruckheimer's cop drama Dark Blue starring Dylan McDermott. Premiere dates and official descriptions of the newbies below:

The Closer -- Season 5, starts Monday, June 8, at 9 p.m.
Raising the Bar -- Season 2, starts Monday, June 8, at 10 p.m.
Wedding Day -- New series, starts Tuesday, June 16, at 8 p.m.
Hawthorne -- New series, starts Tuesday, June 16, at 9 p.m.
Saving Grace -- Season 3, starts Tuesday, June 16, at 10 p.m.
Leverage -- Season 2, starts Wednesday, July 15, at 9 p.m.
Dark Blue -- New series, starts July 15, at 10 p.m.


This fast-paced, undercover police drama from prolific producer Jerry Bruckheimer (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Without a Trace) stars Golden Globe® winner Dylan McDermott (The Practice, TNT’s The Grid), Logan Marshall-Green (The O.C.), Omari Hardwick (TNT’s Saved) and Nicki Aycox (Supernatural).  The series follows the exploits of a crack undercover team of police officers so covert, many of their own colleagues don’t even know they are involved.  Leading the group is Carter Shaw (McDermott), a deeply wounded character who has lost his wife and much of his former life as he struggles to bring down bad guys through complex undercover assignments.  His team includes Ty Curtis (Hardwick), a recently married cop who struggles with personal relationships he has developed while undercover; Dean Bendis (Marshall-Green), a shoot-from-the-hip officer whose activities make fellow team members wonder if he has gone over to the bad side; and Jaimie Allen (Aycox), a green patrol cop brought in because of her excellent skill in lying and a shady past.


Jada Pinkett Smith (The Women, The Matrix trilogy) is the latest talented actress to join TNT’s line-up of strong, complex female characters, following in the footsteps of Kyra Sedgwick on The Closer and Holly Hunter of Saving Grace.  In this character-driven medical drama, Pinkett Smith plays Christina Hawthorne, a compassionate and headstrong Chief Nursing Officer heading up a group of dedicated nurses at Richmond Trinity Hospital who spend long days and nights on the hospital’s front lines.  Hawthorne is the kind of nurse you want on your side when you or someone you love is in the hospital.  She is the kind of nurse who fights for her patients and doesn’t let them slip through the cracks.  When necessary, she takes on doctors and administrators who are overworked, distracted or just unable to see the human being behind the hospital chart. 


Every couple dreams of having the perfect wedding.  For many, it’s the most important and emotional day of their lives.  But for some, insurmountable obstacles create barriers to making their dream day a reality.  This new TNT series, the network’s first-ever unscripted drama, comes from producing giants Mark Burnett Productions and DreamWorks Television.  The show gives deserving couples a helping hand to ensure the most important day of their lives is also the most magical.  Each week, celebrity event planner and food expert Alan Dunn (For Better or Worse) and celebrity wedding producer and designer Diann Valentine (author of Weddings Valentine Style) host as family, friends and community come together to create a dream wedding.  Along the way, viewers will learn each couple’s compelling story, from their first date to their wedding day.


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