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Question: WOW is the main word I use for Breaking Bad so far this season! I am amazed how FAST this season started up and I know it will get better and better! The writing is incredible after three seasons and I cannot wait to see what happens next, especially with Gale's "Lab notes" which was sure a shocker at the end of the 1st episode. Any spoilers regarding ...
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The Closer Creator Previews "Repeat Offender" and Reacts to Emmy Nominations

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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's Final Season: Is Brenda Ready to Call It Quits?

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The beginning of the end is here for The Closer: After six seasons, Emmy winner Kyra Sedgwick is only 21 episodes away from turning in her badge as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson. And series creator and executive producer James Duff says it's going to be an emotional ride.

"The theme of this season is love and loss," Duff tells TVGuide.com. "Loss is part of the promise of love. The only promise that you ever get with love, is that it will end. So we wanted to incorporate how much we loved doing these stories: how much Brenda loved her job, how much she cared about her part in the justice system, and how much it would mean to her to step away from all of that."

Summer TV: Get scoop on your favorite returning shows

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The Closer Spin-Off: "The Dynamics Are Going to Change"

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Brenda Leigh Johnson is by no means done squeezing confessions out of criminals on The Closer, but already the TNT show, which premieres its seventh and final season on July 11, is setting the scene for its new spinoff, Major Crimes.

"We've talked about Major Crimes on the episodes ...
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TNT Plans Tuesday Night Mystery Block; TBS Slates Brian Austin Green Comedy

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TNT's programming slate includes a drama starring Eric McCormack, projects from John Wells and Mitch Albom and a TNT Tuesday Night Mystery, while TBS hopes to build on its "Very Funny" motto with The Wedding Band.

Fall 2011 TV scorecard: Which shows are returning? Which aren't?

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The Closer Promotes Mary McDonnell for Final Season

Mary McDonnell, The Closer

Mary McDonnell is getting bumped up to series regular status for the final season of The Closer, TVLine reports.

The former Battlestar Galactica star, 58, will reprise her role as Capt. Sharon Raydor full time. She previously recurred during... read more

Christmas Gets Closer

The Closer

The Yuletide episodes of The Closer are true standouts every season, and this one's got it all: holiday hilarity, family dysfunction and, of course, murder. The two-parter opens tonight at 9/8c on TNT with a death on Christmas Eve in a case that threatens to dash everybody's holiday plans. "Brenda [Kyra Sedgwick] and Raydor [Mary McDonnell] always fight to gain control of cases, but they're fighting to give this one away," says exec producer James Duff.

Things get even screwier after Brenda's parents (Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin) show up... read more

The Closer: More Guest Star, Big Cases on the Way

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Have you been missing The Closer since it wrapped its season last month? Emmy-winning star Kyra Sedgwick is already back on the beat for a five-episode winter season that begins in December, and co-star Tony Denison tells TV Guide Magazine that the holiday episodes' self-contained storylines will tread a fine line between ...
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The Closer Creator James Duff: Our Show Is "Ruthlessly Apolitical"

The Closer

The Closer is ruthlessly apolitical. The writers have opinions on national affairs, of course, but we don't think our little show is a place to air them. I mention this as preamble to one of the very best episodes we've ever produced because, between the time "Help Wanted" was written and shot, and it's date-of-air, the state of Arizona passed a new law dealing with the hot button issue of illegal immigration. And many people who watch the show might suppose we are commenting — one way or another — on this deeply problematic issue. We are not; we wouldn't even try.... read more

Mega Buzz: A New CSI, a Glee Boyfriend and a Bones Controversy

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Every week, senior editors Mickey O'Connor and Adam Bryant satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com.

What is the status of George Eads' return for Season 11 on CSI? — Cyndy
ADAM: Unfortunately, there's still nothing official to report, a CBS rep tells us. But if he does come back, he'll be spending plenty of time with the show's replacement for the departing Liz Vassey. Described as a young, smokin'-hot explosive expert, the new CSI tech learned the biz from her dad, a big-time pyrotechnics guy.

When will we meet Kurt's boyfriend on Glee? — Danni
MICKEY: I'm hearing it won't be right away, as first we have... read more

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