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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

The Closer

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

CSI, Glee, Bones

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

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, TVGuide.com has confirmed.

Check out photos from past seasons of The Closer

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).

Check out photos of the cast of The Closer

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

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