TNT Premieres Go Ad-Free

TNT will go the way of HBO and Showtime, at least for a few hours, when it rolls out its original series this summer.

Two new shows, along with the second-season debut of "The Closer," will premiere without commercials, the cable network said Tuesday at its upfront presentation to advertisers. TNT also announced a fall premiere for a sequel to its movie "The Librarian" and unveiled a list of new projects, including a limited-run series about the CIA from producers Ridley and Tony Scott.

"The Closer," which was one of the most popular series on cable last year, will begin its second season in June. Star Kyra Sedgwick, who earned a Golden Globe nomination for her work as unconventional LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson, and the rest of the cast will return. Audi is sponsoring the commercial-free premiere.

Also debuting in June is "Saved," which TNT hopes will be a companion piece to "The Closer." The series, created by David Manson ("Thief," "John Doe") stars Tom Everett Scott ("Philly," "ER") as a medical-school dropout who works as a paramedic in Portland, Ore. Its premiere will also be ad-free.

In July TNT will roll out the anthology series "Nightmares & Dreamscapes: From the Stories of Stephen King." Like "Saved" and "The Closer," the first installment of the eight-episode series will appear sans commercials.

The "Librarian" sequel, starring former "ER" doc Noah Wyle as the keeper of the world's historical/mythical treasures, is scheduled to air in late 2006. Gabrielle Anwar will star opposite Wyle in the movie, subtitled "Return to King Solomon's Mines."

The CIA series, called "The Company," is scheduled to debut in summer 2007. It's based on a book of the same name by Robert Littell and will follow a group of agents during the Cold War.

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