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'The Closer': G.W. Bailey prepares to pull off some 'Major Crimes'

G.W. Bailey knows he owes much of his professional success to the police, twice over.Two cop characters largely have defined his acting career, and he starts his final round of "The Closer" as one of them -- crusty Detective Lt. Provenza -- as TNT's Kyra Sedgwick-starring drama begins its last six episodes Monday (July 9). However, when that show ends, Provenza won't: Bailey will take him into a spinoff when TNT launches "Major Crimes" immediately after the "Closer" finale Monday, Aug, 13.And then, there is the considerably more humorous Lt. (and later Capt.) Harris, played by Bailey in six of the "Police Academy" movie comedies. "He was sort of the quintessential guy you love to hate," the good-humored actor tells Zap2it, "but he brought me a lot of pleasure. And he brought me some great seats in restaurants, and a lot of drinks that people wanted to buy me."He also put my kids in college,... //

The Closer Winds Down: Who Can Brenda Trust?

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... //

The Closer Final Episodes: A Teary Goodbye

The final episodes of  The Closer  are upon us and will begin with tonight’s first episode " Hostile Witness " guest starring Billy Burke who is  reprising the role of Philip Stroh, Brenda’s longtime nemesis in the middle of another murder case. Yours truly was fortunate enough to watch  four episodes out of the final episodes so I wanted to give you a flavor of what you can expect in this send-off. Read More... //  

The Closer Summer Premiere 2012 “Hostile Witness”

The Closer  "Hostile Witness" Season 7  Episode 16  airs Monday July 9 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis :  Brenda thinks she has finally cornered her longtime nemesis, lawyer and suspected rapist and murderer Philip Stroh (guest star Billy Burke), when his latest client shows signs of cracking under pressure. But a shocking courtroom maneuver by Brenda puts the entire case in jeopardy, which does not sit well with new D.A. Claire Baldwin (guest star Amanda Mason Warren). Read More... //  

The Closer Exclusive Interview: Michael Paul Chan

The Closer  returns for its finale episodes this coming Monday, July 9th at 9 p.m. (ET/PT).  TV Equals had a chance to ask series star Michael  Paul Chan who plays Lieutenant Mike Tao about what to expect  in these final episodes, what the spinoff series starring Mary McDonnell has in store for us and also  about his involvement with the non profit " The Sunshine Kids ". Check out what he had to say below and don’t miss the new episode of The Closer  which airs Monday, July 9th at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Read more... //  

'The Closer' Kyra Sedgwick on husband Kevin Bacon's 'The Following': 'A great part for him'

Kyra Sedgwick is closing one chapter of television in her household, but another is about to open.Husband Kevin Bacon will star as an FBI agent dealing with a network of serial killers on FOX's midseason series "The Following," and Emmy winner Sedgwick -- whose TNT police drama "The Closer" begins its final run of six episodes Monday, July 9 -- has plenty of advice for him as he starts his first continuing TV gig since his early-1980s stint on the now-defunct CBS daytime serial "Guiding Light.""It's so crazy," a laughing Sedgwick tells Zap2it about the couple's two series dovetailing. "I don't think that his could have happened while I was doing mine, but I guess it could have. It is so very interesting, though ... and I can only hope to be as supportive and loving and wise as he was for me."Sedgwick read the "Following" pilot script while Bacon was considering it ("We always... //

White Collar Corrupts The Closer's Raymond Cruz for Season 4

Raymond Cruz , best known to fans of The Closer as Detective Julio Sanchez, is playing a man of the law again on the upcoming season of White Collar , has learned exclusively. But there's a twist! Cruz will play Sheriff Enrico Morales, a corrupt... //

'Major Crimes': TNT's 'Closer' spinoff will follow the rules

When it premieres in the summer, TNT's "The Closer" spinoff "Major Crimes" will feature that rare thing in a TV crime show: A lead character who's not a rogue or a rule-breaker.Capt. Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell), in fact, is pretty much the opposite of the maverick-cop archetype. "The Closer" and "Major Crimes" creator James Duff says part of what he wants to explore in the new show is the dynamic of the Major Crimes squad working under a very different kind of boss."It will be interesting to see how each one of them responds to Raydor," Duff said Saturday (Jan. 14) at the TV critics' press tour. "Provenza [G.W. Bailey] wants to pursue a scorched-earth policy to get rid of her. He expected he was going to be left in charge, and his hopes were dashed. He has to be brought back into the fold a little bit."McDonnell says she's looking forward to seeing how... //

The Closer “Silent Partner” Season 7 Episode 15 (Winter Finale)

The Closer  "Silent Partner" Season 7  Episode 15 airs Monday December 26 at at 9 p.m. (ET/PT) on TNT. Episode Synopsis:  In the winter  finale of THE CLOSER , the federal lawsuit against Brenda comes to a head when another murder occurs related to Turell Baylor’s death. Brenda seeks help from a businessman (guest star  Jason George) with old ties to the neighborhood for help solving the case. Meanwhile, Brenda’s lawyer (guest star Mark Pellegrino) and the Baylor family lawyer (guest star Curtis Armstrong) face off in court. Read More... //  

The Closer's Jon Tenney to Visit HBO's Newsroom

From The Closer to The Newsroom , Jon Tenney is sticking with cable. The actor will guest-star in producer Aaron Sorkin 's upcoming new HBO series, formally titled The Newsroom , about a fictional cable news network, TVLine reports. He'll play Wade, the boyfriend of the cable news show's executive producer, played by Emily Mortimer . //