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The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Necessary Evil"

Kyra Sedgwick

As The Closer returns for its last winter season ever (on its way to its series finale next summer), I think it's only right to begin with a seasonal expression of gratitude. We could not be finishing our story on such a high note if you had not come along for the ride.

So what can you expect between the first Monday after Thanksgiving and the last Monday in December? The Closer sets off by investigating the death of a high school principal... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Fresh Pursuit"

Kyra Sedgwick

The Closer often uses legal terms for titles, not merely to reference the jargon of police officers, but also to describe the plight of our characters, and to tie all that together with the theme. Our next episode is a case in point, as we consider the love of the chase in our summer finale, "Fresh Pursuit."
 
We begin at the end of a very long hunt. Brenda sits in a courtroom, backed up by her husband and the Major Crimes Division of the LAPD, while her attorney, Gavin Q. Baker duels with opposing counsel, Peter Goldman, on whether the case filed by the family of Turell Baylor should be dismissed... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Star Turn"

The Closer

Of all the darker passions lurking in the ordinary psyche, none is more brilliantly deceptive than the love of glory. Fame-seeking destroys decent people in ways only an addict could truly comprehend. Wars, political debacles, the dispassionate way one's personal honor is laid aside in order to bask in the bonfire of a media burnout: the infamy of fame knows no limits and, once embraced, can hardly ever be fully released.

Sadly, most of us are more susceptible to the influence of celebrity than we would like to admit... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Family Affair"

Mary McDonnell and Kyra Sedgwick

In "Family Affair," we examine one of love's deeper, and darker, demands. Sooner or later, in any relationship, one's worst qualities become impossible to ignore. Living together, for example, is the quickest known way to obliterate the softer edges of romance. "Will love remain," we cannot help but wonder, "when all my faults are finally laid bare, and others know the worst?"

This is the question our victim would ask, if only she could talk, as her inquiring mother shows up, insisting her daughter did not overdose on drugs; to prove it, our distraught parent must come to terms with several ugly truths about a child she has not seen in years. Will the grieving mother still love her daughter when she knows all?

Chief Johnson and Captain Raydor find themselves in something of the same dilemma as they try to discover, once and for all, how Major Crimes ended up being sued over the death of Turell Baylor.... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Home Improvement"

Kyra Sedgwick

One of the more profound questions we encounter in any loving relationship is just how honest we need to be? Does the true heart share its every thought and deed? Is taking an action without informing one's life partner dishonest? In short, does love require complete disclosure?

In the middle of remodeling their pricey home in the Hollywood Hills, the owners are forced to tear down a recently constructed retaining wall because their contractor did not bother obtaining a permit. Unfortunately, further delays occur when an inspector finds a body buried beneath the wall's recently laid foundation. This is just the kind of discovery that can set a home improvement project way, way, back, since it requires Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson and the rest of her Major Crimes Division to figure out how one neighbor ended up buried in another's back yard.... read more

The Closer's James Duff Previews "Under Control"

Michael Paul Chan

In my own little world, nothing has meant more to me than family: It is the foundation of my daily life. Properly attended, our immediate kin can be extended by fresh relationships, more marriages and new children; its growth nurtured by the best instincts of the human heart.

So when an organism like a family splits apart, it can provoke a nuclear reaction, a shattering force every bit as powerful as the one that held it ...
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The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "To Serve With Love"

G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison and Adam Arkin

I have seldom met anyone who didn't think earning a quick four thousand dollars — cash — for an hour or two of work, wasn't a wonderful idea. Of course, everything must be relative. I wouldn't shill for the tobacco companies, no matter what they paid. But serving a subpoena — a subject that we will visit again this summer under less pleasant circumstances — is just the ticket for Flynn and Provenza, who rope the erstwhile civilian tech, Buzz Watson, into their scheme by promising him a third of their take: two hundred dollars. For those who have a bit of trouble with division, Lts. Flynn and Provenza may have misrepresented their fee to the gullible Buzz. On the other hand, the love of money can do strange things to people.

For regular watchers, this is our seasonal Flynn and Provenza episode... read more

The Closer Creator Previews "Repeat Offender" and Reacts to Emmy Nominations

Mary McDonnell and Kyra Sedgwick

Of all the finer, more civilized traits that combine to form the enchantment of love — perhaps none is more central than trust. In "Repeat Offender," The Closer examines exactly how much we can believe in our families, spouses, bosses, friends and even destiny itself. Reversals of fortune abound, and no one seems more taken off-guard by fate's shifting winds than Brenda's sometimes antagonist, Captain Sharon Raydor. Tracking our way through the untimely death of a young house-and-baby sitter — that person to whom we entrust our children and most personal possessions — we worry our way to the final moment, where we face the most uncomfortable question of all: "Do I trust myself?" We leave Deputy Chief Johnson pondering this disturbing concept in a powerful episode.... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Unknown Trouble" and the Final Season

The Closer

We always knew this day would come.

Sooner or later, we would reach our final season, and Brenda Leigh Johnson would solve her last case.

That is the bad news, and for those of us who have loved doing The Closer, the journey to the end has already been filled with a series of bittersweet twists and turns, each on leading, one way or another, to an unavoidable final bow.

The good news? We know the very last scene is coming, and we are writing toward it. Instead of the hasty, departure common in our trade, we will be afforded the rare opportunity to properly finish our show.... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff Previews "Old Money"

Kyra Sedgwick

Welcome back.

For the next five Monday nights, we will wind our way through both the holidays and the end of our sixth season. In between wrapping gifts, holiday feasts and gatherings with family and friends, we hope you have a little extra time to spend with Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson as she gets to the bottom of several new mysteries. As always, our "back five" episodes offer us the chance to tell the kind of stories we would not attempt during our regular summer run, emphasizing our characters almost as much as the murders they are called upon to solve.

It's no secret that Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, like most homicide detectives, doesn't care too much about drugs... read more

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