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'The Closer' Finale and 'Major Crimes' Premiere Reviews: Goodbye and Hello

After seven years and more than 100 cases, The Closer is about to say "Thank you, thank you so much" for the last time. The Kyra Sedgwick drama's series finale airs Monday, August 13 at 9pm and is followed by the series premiere of the show's spin-off, Major Crimes .

The Closer Series Finale “The Last Word”

The Closer  series  finale “The Last Word” (Season 7 Episode 21 ) airs Monday August 13 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis:  A young street hustler (guest star Graham Patrick  Martin) sees what appears to be a man burying a woman in Griffith Park, prompting an investigation Brenda is convinced will lead to Phillip Stroh (guest star Billy Burke). But Brenda’s obsession  with Stroh threatens not only her career, but also her life. Read More...  

'Major Crimes' premiere: Mary McDonnell picks up where Kyra Sedgwick's 'The Closer' leaves off

What would "The Closer" be like without the closer?Viewers are about to find out: Literally on the heels of the finale of the much-acclaimed Kyra Sedgwick police saga -- one of the top-rated dramas in basic cable history -- TNT launches the spinoff series "Major Crimes" Monday, Aug, 13. The show will involve nearly all the "Closer" regulars, with the inescapably notable exception of Emmy and Golden Globe winner Sedgwick ... who felt a seven-season run as interrogator extraordinaire Brenda Leigh Johnson was enough for her.Once she made her decision known, TNT asked "Closer" mentor James Duff to devise a way to keep the other characters going. Thus, the new drama brings Mary McDonnell front and center as Sharon Raydor, the police captain she has been playing on the parent series (which actually does end immediately before "Major Crimes" begins).G.W. Bailey, Tony Denison, Michael Paul Chan, Raymond Cruz and Phillip P. Keene are among others...

Kyra Sedgwick Reveals Why She Almost Didn't Take 'The Closer'

With her TNT series ending Aug. 13, lead actress Kyra Sedgwick reveals why she almost didn't take her groundbreaking role and how husband Kevin Bacon "convinced me I could and should."

'The Closer': Behind the Scenes With Kyra Sedgwick and Castmates

Photographer David Strick goes on set for the TNT drama's episode "The Last Word."

Top Moments: Dallas Makes a Shocking Reveal and Usain Bolt Is a Legend (Just Ask Him!)

Our top moments of the week: 13. Funniest Name: On Bachelor Pad , the contestants have to run through an obstacle course called "The Hot Sludge Fundae." As hilarious as it is to watch the players fumble through foam that looks like ice cream and a chocolate syrup-soaked slide, it's the last leg of the race, which host Chris Harrison informs us is called "The Nut Sack," that makes us laugh the hardest. (Yes, we're 12.) 12. Most X-Rated Christmas Carol: Countess LuAnn tries to mix things up on...

The Closer “Armed Response” (Season 7 Episode 20)

The Closer  “Armed Response” (Season 7 Episode 20 ) airs Monday August 6 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis :  A young couple hanging out in someone else’s house find  themselves in hot water when a security guard and decorated veteran winds up dead in the street outside. But Brenda finds her investigation stifled by the watchful eye of the District Attorney’s office. Meanwhile, Raydor and Pope finally pinpoint the leak in the department. Read More...  

The Closer “Last Rites” (Season 7 Episode 19)

The Closer  “Last Rites” (Season 7 Episode 19 ) airs Monday July 30 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis :  The murder of  a priest puts the squad on a collision  course with the Catholic Church and drives a wedge between Brenda and Chief Pope. Meanwhile, Brenda’s parents are in town while her father continues his cancer treatments. Read More....  

The Closer Exclusive: Corey Reynolds on Wrapping Up, Moving On

Who is The Closer 's mole? What lies ahead on this TNT drama's series finale? Why isn't Corey Reynolds headed to Major Crimes and what does his future hold outside of this franchise? I recently got off the phone with the actor and picked his brain for these answers and many more...

'The Closer': Brenda Breaks Down Over Father's Cancer

Despite the fact that he hindered the investigation this week, Brenda found herself in need of help from Dr. Parr on " The Closer " (Mon., 9 p.m. ET on TNT). She had to separate herself from her job and the case and appeal to him as a daughter terrified about losing her father to cancer. "I’m not looking for a decent human being. I’m looking for a great doctor, and you’re it," she told him in tears. "I can’t lose my father." After her emotional breakdown, the doctor agreed to help. It remains to be seen if his brilliance in the field can save her father, but it was a huge think that both of them were able to put aside their differences and find common ground on the field of basic human decency. "These last episodes are really turning up the heat. Great emotional battles are being waged and lines are being drawn," a reviewer for TV Fanatic wrote. It certainly looks like things are building to an emotionally powerful farewell for Brenda and "The Closer," before saying hello to "Major Crimes." There are only three episodes left for "The Closer," Mondays at 9 p.m. ET on TNT. TV Replay scours the vast television landscape to find the most interesting, amusing, and, on a good day, amazing moments, and delivers them right to your browser.