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Exclusive: Clues to The Closer's New Season

The Closer

Garbage bags stuffed with bodies boasting neither heads nor hands, mysteriously missing human organs (perhaps black-market booty?) and a steel magnolia of an LAPD deputy chief lassoing in her increasingly short-tempered police squad — all this and more is going down in the swanky new Major Crimes Division murder-room set of TNT's The Closer on a sunny June afternoon in Los Angeles. Whew! It ain't pretty, but it sure is exciting.

"After all these years, the scripts are amazing yet again," says Golden Globe-winning star Kyra Sedgwick, who plays the Southern ace interrogator Brenda Leigh Johnson, as she puts aside a victim's photo... read more

Mary McDonnell to Return to The Closer

Mary McDonnell

Sorry Brenda, the boss lady's back: Battlestar Galactica vet Mary McDonnell will reprise her role as Capt. Sharon Raydor on The Closer's upcoming sixth season, has confirmed.

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McDonnell's character often clashed with Brenda (Kyra Sedgewick) during Season 5. McDonnell will appear in a minimum of ... read more

The Closer: Watch an Exclusive Clip from the Finale

The Closer

On Monday's Season 5 finale of The Closer, guest star Mary McDonnell makes a return visit as Capt. Sharon Raydor, and if the past has taught us anything, we'll see plenty of squaring off between Raydor and Brenda Leigh (Kyra Sedgwick).

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But don't take our word for it: Check out an exclusive video from the finale after the jump... read more

The Closer Creator James Duff: "Strike Three"

Mary McDonnell, The Closer

The inability to change creates huge stumbling blocks in every aspect of our lives and, in "Strike Three," The Closer runs into this particular roadblock at full tilt, resulting in one of the very best episodes in our five year run. Obstacles created by resistance to change not only provide the hateful ideology that binds a vicious criminal gang together, but also the motive for a truly terrible triple murder. And when Major Crimes arrives at the scene to find two officers and a civilian dead on the street, they have only begun to encounter the inflexible barriers erected between them and their dangerous suspects.

Enter Captain Sharon Raydor, played by the always brilliant Mary McDonnell, who performs her role as ... read more

The Closer Episode Recap: "Red Tape"

This week on TNT's The Closer, as Gabriel came under fire after a questionable shooting, Brenda went toe-to-toe with an internal affairs toughie. Also: Kitty's fate was revealed. On with the recap!

Gabriel meets with Taylor at a bar. Seems that the commander was asked to play messenger and get a letter to the MIA Daniels. Irene, however, would have none of it, and sent the missive back untouched. "There are some things an apology just can't change," Taylor tries to explain. "She's moved on, and so should you." Hmm.

Gabriel starts to open up about how he has felt removed from the MCD gang ever since he bucked for the promotion Daniels got when BANG! Shots outside. Gabriel rushes out, gun waving. There's a body on the ground. In the dark, he sees someone fleeing. Gabriel fires multiple times ... read more

VIDEO: Edward James Olmos Dishes on "The Plan" for Battlestar Prequel

Sadly, Friday has arrived, which means the end of Battlestar Galactica is near. But, you can dry your eyes, weepy fans, because we still have the two-hour prequel movie to look forward to this fall. wraps up our fabulous video series with Edward James Olmos and Mary McDonnell with a discussion about "The Plan." Here, Olmos dishes on the idea behind the movie, how it felt to direct himself, and more! Watch the video after the jump!

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Battlestar Galactica Retrospective Thrills Fans at United Nations

Whoopi Goldberg, Mary McDonnell, Edward James Olmos

Standing in a United Nations chamber before a table covered in placards for each of the 12 Battlestar Galactica colonies, Edward James Olmos delivered a stirring speech that led a crowd of reporters and students to join in a chant of "So say we all," one of the key phrases from the show.

It could have been a stirring moment in the series finale — but the moment was real.

Olmos, along with costar Mary McDonnell and executive producers Ron Moore and Dave Eick, spoke at the U.N. Tuesday about issues on the show that also face the organization, including racism, human rights, terrorism, children and armed conflict, reconciliation and more.

The View cohost Whoopi Goldberg moderated the event, which included speeches by three special guests from the U.N. and questions from an eager and engaged audience. It was hard not to feel the fan love in the room — including from Goldberg herself. Read about the rest of the event after the jump! read more

Mega Buzz on Battlestar, Grey's, CSI, Dollhouse, 24 & More

Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy), Marg Helgenberger (CSI) and Mary McDonnell (Battlestar Galactica)

Every week, senior editors Matt Mitovich, Mickey O'Connor and Tim Molloy satisfy your need for TV scoop. Send all questions to

Who at attended the Battlestar Galactica press screening on Monday night? And what's the frakkin' word? — Danny
MICKEY: I am in Florida, exploring an unfamiliar civilization of a different sort (the retirement community), so we sent Nerd High Priestess Erin Fox. Once Doc Cottle revived her with smelling salts, she said this: "The first hour-and-a-half of the finale is so intense, you'll find it difficult to breathe. So many questions will be answered — including some you probably thought wouldn't be addressed due to time constraints. Also, if Mary McDonnell isn't recognized by the Emmys this year, it'll be a frakkin' shame. She had the crowd in tears more than once with her brilliant performance." Erin then hugged her Cylon toaster to her chest, placed a paper bag over her mouth and nose and breathed gently until it was safe to stand again. (P.S. Share your favorite BSG moments here.)

The best part of Grey's Anatomy for me this season has been the sexy pairing of Lexie and Mark. What's ahead for the sizzling duo? — Kelly
MATT: More sexy. More pairing. More ... read more

VIDEO: Battlestar Galactica Stars Praise Fans

With only two more episodes left of Battlestar Galactica, fans are feeling quite emotional about the show's end. In this video, BSG stars Mary McDonnell and Edward James Olmos take some time to praise the intelligent, well-spoken and respectful fans they've met throughout their journey on the show. Olmos also discusses how BSG became the subject of a book that analyzes how the show evolved in a surprising way. It'll blow your mind! Check out the video after the jump. read more

VIDEO: Battlestar Stars Discuss Adama's Descent, Roslin's Legacy

Battlestar Galactica's President Roslin and Admiral Adama have been through a lot in the last four seasons of the show, and things show no signs of improving. In part four of our video series, Edward James Olmos discusses Adama's descent into alcohol and drug addiction, while McDonnell talks about the difficult decisions Roslin's had to make — and what she thinks the Roslin legacy will be.

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