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review by Suzanne
Returns Monday July 11 at 9/8c on TNT
The Closer has always been one of those cop shows that is
largely dependent on whether you like the star, Kyra Sedgwick, and her abrasive
character, Brenda. I like the show, but I don't watch it regularly just because
there are so many good shows out there, and I have limited time. I like the
cast, and the writing is very good.
The new season, its last, debuts Monday, July 11, at 9 pm on TNT. Of course,
last season we saw with shock what Brenda did to that one gang banger, and she
feels the repercussions this season. There is also a big shake-up with the
command structure, and she has to deal with that. There's a lot of political
stuff going on, as well as the detective stuff, and that's what makes the show
Fortunately, Brenda's personal life is still doing well. She is still with her
FBI Agent. All the regulars are back this season, as well as Mary McDonell (Raydor).
The story that the show returns with also has to do with what appears to be a
gang shooting of an up-and-coming rap star. It is a very well-crafted story that
goes in different directions. At the end of the show, completely unrelated to
the rest of the story, something very shocking happens. You don't want to miss
it, nor the rest of the final season!
Update: You don't want to miss this week's Christmas episode of
"The Closer". It is hilarious. Fred Willard guest-stars as a drunken, lecherous
Santa Claus. He does a fantastic job. Also, we get to meet Buzz's sexy sister.
It's the 100th episode and also a fun Christmas episode, including Brenda's
parents. You don't want to miss it!!
Full Press Release:
A civil lawsuit, a major departmental reorganization, a new boss
and an unexpected tragedy are just a few of the tough issues facing the Los
Angeles Police Department's Major Crimes unit when TNT kicks off the extended
final season of its record-breaking series The Closer. Emmy winner Kyra
Sedgwick returns as Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a top-notch
investigator whose career may now be on the line as a result of her frequently
unorthodox methods. The Closer's seventh season is set to launch with 10
episodes this summer, beginning Monday, July 11, at 9 p.m. (ET/PT). The
season will continue with additional episodes in winter, with the series finale
coming in 2012.
Over the past six years, Sedgwick's Chief Johnson has put some
of Los Angeles' most brutal killers behind bars. With her keen
investigative instincts and brilliant interrogation techniques, Brenda often
closes her cases by eliciting a confession or cornering a suspect through
sometimes-questionable methods. Now, Brenda's tactics are coming under the
scrutiny of the L.A.P.D.'s new Chief of Police, who is on the verge of
announcing an extensive reorganization that could spell the end of Major Crimes.
The situation also has the potential of fracturing the family-like dynamic
within the squad.
Sedgwick is joined by The Closer's extraordinary, Screen Actors
Guild Award-nominated cast, including Jon Tenney as Brenda's husband, FBI
Special Agent Fritz Howard, who often feels as if their marriage takes a back
seat to Brenda's cases; J.K. Simmons as Brenda's current boss, Assistant Police
Chief Will Pope, whose own career is about to experience a seismic shift; Robert
Gossett as Commander Taylor, whose role in the department is on the verge of
being redefined; Corey Reynolds as Brenda's right-hand man Detective Sergeant
David Gabriel, who is becoming increasingly disillusioned with her tactics; Tony
Denison as Lieutenant Andy Flynn, whose insensitive comments and poor judgment
have frequently caught Brenda's ire; G.W. Bailey as Lieutenant Provenza, a
seasoned veteran who serves as Brenda's second in command, despite a record of
embarrassing blunders; Michael Paul Chan as the squad's tech guru, Lieutenant
Mike Tao, whose obsessive attention to detail can try his colleagues' patience;
Raymond Cruz as gang expert Detective Julio Sanchez, who often allows his
emotions to get the better of him; and Phillip P. Keene as audio-visual
technician Buzz Watson, who demands the utmost respect for the department's
Joining The Closer as a regular cast member this season is
two-time Oscar nominee Mary McDonnell, who has guest-starred in the prior two
seasons as Captain Sharon Raydor. This year, Raydor's newfound friendship
with Brenda is challenged when L.A.P.D. Police Chief Tommy Delk (guest-star
Courtney B. Vance) assigns her to an internal investigation involving Major
Despite the whirlwind of controversy building around her, Brenda
is determined to continue doing her job the best she can, and she expects the
same of her squad members. Together, they will take on some of the
toughest cases of their careers, beginning in the season opener with a multiple
homicide that hits close to home for Gabriel. This season, the squad will
also try to track down a missing boy who attends the summer camp where Tao's son
works. Flynn and Provenza will once again find themselves in hot water when an
attempt to serve court papers goes horribly awry. Emmy-winning
actor/director Adam Arkin (Chicago Hope, Sons of Anarchy, Northern Exposure) is
set to guest-star in that episode as a financier targeted by his clients after
he pulls off a Ponzi scheme.
The July launch of The Closer's seventh season will be preceded
by a nine-hour marathon of episodes from The Closer's sixth season. The
marathon is set to being Monday, July 11, at noon (ET/PT). The Closer's
season premiere will be followed by the second-season launch of Rizzoli & Isles
at 10 p.m. (ET/PT).
Since its premiere in 2005, The Closer has garnered numerous
ad-supported cable viewership records, including being the only series in cable
history to rank #1 for five consecutive years. In its sixth season, the show
scored 7.6 million viewers.
The Closer is produced for TNT by The Shephard/Robin Company, in
association with Warner Bros. Television. The series was created by James Duff,
who serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Rick
Wallace and Kyra Sedgwick. The show is produced by Andrew J. Sacks. Gill
Garcetti, Lose Angeles district attorney from 1992-2000, servers as consulting
TNT, one of cable’s top-rated networks, is television’s destination for drama.
Seen in 100.5 million households, the network is home to such original series as
The Closer, starring Kyra Sedgwick; Rizzoli & Isles, starring Angie Harmon and
Sasha Alexander; the Peabody-award-winning Men of a Certain Age, with Ray
Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher; Leverage, starring Timothy Hutton;
HawthoRNe, with Jada Pinkett Smith; Memphis Beat, with Jason Lee; and Southland,
from Emmy®-winning producer John Wells (ER); as well as the upcoming Falling
Skies, starring Noah Wyle, and Franklin & Bash, with Mark-Paul Gosselaar and
Breckin Myer. TNT also presents such powerful dramas as Bones, Supernatural, Las
Vegas, Law & Order, CSI: NY, Cold Case and, starting in 2011, The Mentalist;
broadcast premiere movies; compelling primetime specials, such as the Screen
Actors Guild Awards®; and championship sports coverage, including NASCAR, the
NBA, and The NCAA Division 1 Men's Basketbal Champsionship. TNT is available in
Turner Broadcasting System, Inc., a Time Warner company, creates and programs
branded news, entertainment, animation and young adult media environments on
television and other platforms for consumers around the world.
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