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'The Closer': Get ready for Kyra Sedgwick's farewell season as Brenda Johnson

"The Closer" begins its seventh and final season Monday, July 11. And though the top-rated TNT drama will be spreading the last 21 episodes out over a yet-to-be-revealed period of time, there's a note of finality in the latest promo. Entering a crime scene like an old Hollywood starlet, Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) walks past co-stars while an exceptionally sexy cover of The Temptations "Get Ready" plays in the background. There's even a nod to Brenda's sweet tooth. Next to the dead body by the pool sits a partially eaten Ding Dong the detective slides into her purse -- for evidence, clearly. Are you digging the tease of the last bit of "Closer" -- or are you too sad to be saying goodbye?... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/07/the-closer-get-ready-for-kyra-sedgwicks-farewell-season-as-brenda-johnson.html

Emmys 2011: 'The Closer's' Kyra Sedgwick on 'validation' and her episode submission

Kyra Sedgwick has a perfect award-nomination record for her time on "The Closer." The series premiered on TNT in 2005, and she's been nominated for an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a Screen Actors Guild Award every year since.So after a while, it must become routine to be nominated yet again, right?"No. It really doesn't," Sedgwick tells Zap2it. She's currently working on the final season of "The Closer," which premieres July 11, and is a pretty good bet to be an Emmy nominee for the sixth time three days later. (She won the award for outstanding actress in a drama last year.)"I almost feel like, Oh, I think I'm going to be really crushed if I don't get nominated," Sedgwick says with a laugh. "... For me, it's validation of continued good work, and that's always been my goal as an actor, is just to do consistently good work. So it's lovely, and I never... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/06/emmys-2011-the-closers-kyra-sedgwick-on-validation-and-her-episode-submission.html

The Closer Spin-Off: "The Dynamics Are Going to Change"

Brenda Leigh Johnson is by no means done squeezing confessions out of criminals on The Closer , but already the TNT show, which premieres its seventh and final season on July 11, is setting the scene for its new spinoff, Major Crimes . "We've talked about Major Crimes on the episodes ... //www.tvguide.com/News/The-Closer-Spinoff-1034220.aspx?rss=breakingnews

The Closer Exclusive: Revenge of the Nerds Star Sets Sights on Brenda

Revenge of the Nerds and Moonlighting star Curtis Armstrong has landed a multi-episode arc on The Closer' s seventh and final season, TVGuide.com has learned exclusively.  Armstrong will play Peter Goldman, a resourceful attorney hired by the mother of a slain gang member to sue Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) and the Los Angeles Police Department. As we first reported, the character is smart, fearless and devious; he makes a natural sparring partner for Brenda... //www.tvguide.com/News/The-Closer-Curtis-Armstrong-1034113.aspx?rss=breakingnews

Mary McDonnell Talks 'The Closer,' 'Major Crimes' and the 'Return' of 'Battlestar Galactica'

Mary McDonnell has a full agenda these days: The actress has been recurring on 'The Closer' for a couple of seasons, and she'll be a series regular when the TNT drama returns July 11. That job will keep her busy well into next year: The network recently announced that, after Kyra Sedgwick ends her run on 'The Closer' in 2012, McDonnell's Sharon Raydar character will be the lead of a spinoff titled 'Major Crimes.' Though McDonnell was eager to talk about those new developments in a recent interview, it was actually a past project that prompted the conversation in the first place. McDonnell played Laura Roslin on 'Battlestar Galactica' for four seasons, and when she heard that BBC America was going to start re-airing the entire series starting 10PM ET June 11, she was happy to promote the "return" of the groundbreaking drama. "I think it's perfect timing," McDonnell said. "'Battlestar' is so rich and relevant that one time through is not enough." //www.aoltv.com/2011/06/09/mary-mcdonnell-closer-major-crimes-battlestar-galactica/

A Lostie Joins The Closer

Lost 's Jacob is coming to the aid of   The Closer . Actor   Mark Pellegrino , who also played   Supernatural 's Lucifer, will recur on the TNT series beginning in mid-August. Pellegrino will play Brenda's high-powered defense attorney Gavin Baker, described by executive producer James Duff as "brisk, gay and formidable. He is ruthless in court and still manages to project an air of friendly professionalism."   Read More... //www.tvguide.com/News/Mark-Pellegrino-Closer-1034062.aspx?rss=news&partnerid=sidereel&profileid=01

'The Closer' Debuts Promo for Most Provocative Season 7

" The Closer " will return this summer with its most provocative season, so claimed a new promo for the seventh season. Deputy police chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is back, but something from her past will change everything in the new season.   While she defends herself, insisting that she did nothing wrong, she may not get support from anyone in the LAPD if she does not look out for herself.   Kyra Sedgwick   reprises her role as Brenda, with   Corey Reynolds , G.W. Bailey , Tony Denison, Raymond Cruz and Michael Paul Chan as other cast members.   Read More... //www.aceshowbiz.com/news/view/00040889.html

The Closer: Casting for Recurring Character

The new season of The Closer will bring with it a new enemy for Brenda Johnson. This TNT his is casting for a recurring attorney, one described by network insiders as "fearless and devious" and who will be suing Brenda and the LAPD on behalf of a dead gang member's mother. The lawyer will introduce himself to Brenda as a process server, serving everyone on the squad with papers. Except Sergeant Gabriel. The Closer returns with new episodes on July 12. //www.tvfanatic.com/2011/05/the-closer-casting-for-recurring-character/

Mary McDonnell solves 'Major Crimes' in 'Closer' spin-off and other Turner networks news

The question of what will happen to "The Closer" has officially been answered. Turner Entertainment addressed the subject at its Upfront presentation for TNT and TBS, confirming that newly-minted "Closer" regular Mary McDonnell will headline spin-off "Major Crimes," starting summer 2012, after Kyra Sedgwick's run on the original comes to an end. TNT, decidedly committed to not rocking the boat, is also developing six new cop series and a series from writer Mitch Album ("Tuesdays With Morrie") about a D.J. who tries to revive his hometown of Detroit... via the also struggling medium of radio. Over at TBS, the network is developing an hour-long comedy about an Midwestern couple who decide to get married and a half-hour comedy about a man who starts dating again after his girlfriend cheats on him. "The Wedding Band," a comedy starring Austin Green, Melora Hardin and Harold Perrineau, was also officially picked up.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/05/mary-mcdonnell-solves-major-crimes-in-closer-spin-off-and-other-turner-networks-news.html

Adam Arkin to Guest-Star on The Closer

Former Chicago Hope and Sons of Anarchy star Adam Arkin will guest-star on the upcoming season of The Closer , TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Arkin will play Steven Hirschbaum, a Bernie Madoff-like businessman who is convicted in a massive federal fraud trial and is being sued by the former employees and investors from whom he stole. The question troubling Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick): Just how far will those angry investors go to exact their revenge? This marks...  //www.tvguide.com/News/The-Closer-Adam-Arkin-1032879.aspx?rss=breakingnews