The Closer Sneak Peek: Brenda's Back for the Holidays!

Kyra Sedgwick lets out a big "Ha!" when asked how Brenda Leigh Johnson, the Georgia peach—turned—Los Angeles police babe she plays on The Closer, has changed after six seasons on TNT. "That's the wonderful and fun thing about Brenda," she says. "The woman really hasn't evolved."

On one level, Sedgwick is right. The Closer returns tonight for five episodes ending with a two-part, Christmas-themed finale December 27 and January 5 that features the largest cast of returning characters the show's ever had. Among others, Barry Corbin and Frances Sternhagen return as Brenda's parents. But the Brenda we'll get is the Brenda we've known since the show's pilot episode in 2005, right down to the vintage suits and private stash of Ding Dongs in her desk. Now, as then, Brenda rankles her adversaries with honey-sweet charm and nails cases on instinct while her cohorts spend the rest of the episode playing catch-up. "Brenda's still always right, and it still takes people a while to see things her way," Sedgwick says.

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