The Closer

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Ask Matt: The Newsroom, Glee Project, Falling Skies, True Blood, More

The Newsroom

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Question: It seems that many TV critics (you being a notable exception) are coming down hard on The Newsroom, and I was wondering if you have an idea of why this is. Yes, it's preachy, but every Aaron Sorkin show and movie is. Successful, intelligent career women are portrayed as being driven mostly by their hormones, but that's true of every woman character on TV that's written by a man (unless played by Julianna Margulies or Connie Britton). And some of the plot contrivances (the wayward e-mails, the Bigfoot obsession, the cute blonde assistant who is smart when the plot needs her smart and dumb when the plot needs her dumb) are cringe-worthy. On the other hand, you've got a talented, likable cast ably delivering some of the snappiest dialogue on TV, which right there puts it ahead of 95 percent of everything else.

I'm not saying it's not flawed, but the pluses outweigh the minuses by quite a bit, and the show is wildly entertaining. So why the heavily negative reaction? Is Sorkin held to a higher standard? Are journalists taking more shots because the show is set in a milieu they know (a newsroom) rather than the White House? Curious on your take on this. — Rick

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Ask Matt: Eureka, Dallas, Falling Skies, True Blood, Damages

Linda Gray

Question: I hope you'll mention the passing of one of my favorite shows, Eureka. With all the hoopla around the finale of The Closer and the buzz about new and returning summer shows, the final episode of this quirky and creative Syfy gem will probably go unnoticed by most. Over the years it's become one of my favorites, serving up some high concept sci-fi stories with a healthy dose of humor and heart. Although I knew it was ending, the announcement last week of the July 16 "series finale" made me sadder than I expected. It's like nothing else on TV and I will miss all these wonderful, eccentric characters and this charming, if sometimes dangerous, town. Thanks for your insightful columns and recommendations! — Lenore read more

The Closer Winds Down: Who Can Brenda Trust?

Kyra Sedgewick

TNT's The Closer is coming to an end — and perhaps so is Brenda Leigh Johnson's obsession with her work.

In Monday's new episode (9/8c, TNT), the first of the show's final six hours, Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) is still adjusting to the Los Angeles Police Department's newly instated "Johnson Rule." The mandate — which... 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

24 Alum Riley Smith to Steam Up Season 5 of 90210

Riley Smith

It looks like the time is right for Annie to fall in love again.

24 alum Riley Smith has landed a recurring role on 90210's upcoming fifth season as a love interest for... read more

Weekend TV: The Newsroom, Falling Skies, The Great Escape

Newsroom

There aren't enough words. Except in the world of Aaron Sorkin, where there are always enough, maybe too many, as the Emmy- and Oscar-winning maestro of the hyper-verbal aria (The West Wing, Sports Night, The Social Network) aims his sights back on TV with the exhilarating, exasperating and often sensationally entertaining The Newsroom. (It premieres Sunday at 10/9c following summer hit True Blood.) read more

Mega Buzz: Who's Coming Out on True Blood? Plus: Big Changes on NCIS, The Closer

Rutina Wesley, David McCallum, Kyra Sedgwick

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them at @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

I can't wait for True Blood to come back. Is Tara dead? Please say yes. I am so over her. — Denny
NATALIE: We literally can't answer this question, lest Alan Ball has us all staked. But we can tell you that the title of the season premiere is "Turn! Turn! Turn!" which is a song of Biblical extraction about profound change, like, say, dying, becoming a vampire or declaring your true sexuality. All three of these things will happen during this hour, but the question is: To whom? (Answer: Not all to the same person.)

Is NCIS getting new digs next year? — Jennifer, via Twitter
ADAM:
Not really, but... read more

Watercooler: What Is On Your Summer Watch List?

Stephen Moyer, Alexander Skarsgard, Lucy Griffiths

OK, let's face it, summer is here. Sure, it may not be June 21 yet, but even you calendar purists can admit that Memorial Day pretty much kicks off the season. Once ya start grilling encased meats, it's on. Which usually means your favorite shows aren't.
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Mega Buzz: New Love Interests on Mentalist and Dexter and an NCIS: LA Return

Simon Baker, The Mentalist; Michael C. Hall, Dexter; Chris O’Donnell, NCIS: LA

Every week, editors Adam Bryant and Natalie Abrams satisfy your need for TV scoop. Please send all questions to mega_scoop@tvguide.com or tweet them at @adam_bryant or @NatalieAbrams.

What else can you tell me about Patrick Jane's new love interest on The Mentalist? — Christine
ADAM:
Creator Bruno Heller wants to be clear about one thing: Loralei (Emmanuelle Chriqui) is no ordinary cocktail waitress, and as such viewers should take this relationship seriously. "It's certainly not a fling and it's not a spur-of-the-moment booty call or anything like that," Heller says. "She comes into Jane's life at a very, very low ebb. He's at a moment when he really needs a helping hand and a little ray of light, and she provides that."

Please tell me you have info on Dexter! — James
NATALIE:
Could Dexter be getting... read more

Ask Matt: Grey's, Once Upon a Time, Southland, Fringe, HBO's Comedies

Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd

Send questions and comments to askmatt@tvguidemagazine.com and follow me on Twitter!

Question: I would love to know your thoughts on the Cristina/Owen storyline at this point in the season of Grey's Anatomy. It goes without saying that Sandra Oh and Kevin McKidd have been absolutely flawless and incredible in acting out their scenes together, particularly in last week's episode. However, do you think this is a case where the acting outshines and elevates the writing for the most part and makes it more nuanced that what is on the page of the script? While I enjoy watching Sandra and Kevin act opposite one another and while I will always root for Cristina/Owen to work it out in spite of their endless issues and this endless storyline, I feel that the writing has not been serving them or the characters we have come to know.

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Premiered: June 13, 2005, on TNT
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