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"The Closer" 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 very interesting.

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 equipment.

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 Crimes.

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 producer.

About TNT
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 high-definition.

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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