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TNT Says Goodbye to The Closer, Hello to Major Crimes

Kyra Sedgwick, Mary McDonnell

On Monday, The Closer's Brenda Leigh Johnson will hear her final confession. But TNT's Closer spin-off Major Crimes should be able to keep you from grief-eating a dozen Ding Dongs.

The Closer winds down: Who can Brenda trust?

The Closer
's series finale finds Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) trying to put away slippery defense attorney — and suspected serial rapist —Phillip Stroh (Billy Burke) once and for all. And although the climax of the Stroh storyline heavily impacts Brenda's future, it's the introduction of another character — an orphaned teenage hustler named Rusty (Graham Patrick Martin) — that may ultimately prove to be most important. So much so that he'll also be a focal point of Major Crimes... read more

On the Set: Secrets of The Closer Finale

Kyra Sedgwick

Last December, Kyra Sedgwick could be found conducting one of her hissing interrogations, the kind riveting enough to win her a Lead Actress Emmy; the kind she usually performs in a tiny, unadorned room at LAPD headquarters. Only, for "The Last Word," the 109th and final episode ever of TNT's hit procedural The Closer, Sedgwick's Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is prying information out of a terrified witness while standing in a puffy black parka and thick beige scarf in a remote, windy part of Griffith Park.

Since The Closer debuted in 2005, it's been... read more

Scoop from The Closer's 100th Episode Celebration

Kyra Sedgwick

A dark cloud looms over The Closer, as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) continues her work with the overhanging threat of a lawsuit that has already put her at odds with her colleagues. But even as we get much anticipated closure at the end of Season 7, some of those dark vibes will follow the Major Crimes department as they transition into next year's spinoff.

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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

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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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

Closing the Book on The Closer & Weeds

Kyra Sedgwick by Karen Neal/TNT; Mary-Louise Parker by Sonja Flemming/Showtime

Feel that change of seasons? Hard not to notice on this Monday night, as two of cable's best summer series- TNT's popular signature drama The Closer and Showtime's quirky classic Weeds- sign off with life-or-death cliffhangers, a week before the official network season gets underway. ( The Closer's story will pick up again in the new year, with five episodes remaining in this split season.)
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The Closer's "Odd Couple" on Their Comic Chemistry

G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison, The Closer

The Closer's (Mondays, 9 pm/ET, TNT) G.W. Bailey and Tony Denison rap about Kyra Sedgwick, comedy and how they're like Felix and Oscar.TV Guide: So, the Aug. 11 episode of The Closer is called "Dial M for Provenza" and features you two — what's it about?Tony Denison: [Laughs] Well, there's more of Provenza in it than Flynn, so right away there's a problem.G.W. Bailey: You find out that [guest star Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde)] has hired a hit man to kill her husband, and the guy she hired went to the police. So they send me in to be the undercover guy. And we lose some stuff that we shouldn't lose. Flynn's there, too, but I get all the blame.TV Gu read more

July 2, 2007: Two's a Crowd

Perhaps in preparation for/contrast to the next episode, which is a dramatic doozy, TNT's The Closer this week served up one of its "lighter" cases, and an always interesting combo of whodunit and whowasitdunto. Me, I just feel for poor Flynn and Provenza, who once again were cold-cocked by their separate and collective colorful pasts.Having cued up this episode before reading TVGuide.com's Q&A with G.W. Bailey, I was prepared for some sort of coffin switcheroo but was not expecting the "uninvited guest" to be sharing the space with Flynn's passed-on pal. That twist almost immediately cast a shadow on the funeral home, allowing us to meet that other "closer," thus offering a superb double-take by Brenda and Gabriel. That the actual culprit turned out to be a blackmailed plastic surgeon to the stars as well as the B-story's bridezilla was, in my opinion, a letdown/egregious cheat, ergo making this episode the weakest of the young season to date.That said, what the hour was really... read more

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