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The Closer Promotes Mary McDonnell for Final Season

Mary McDonnell is getting bumped up to series regular status for the final season of  The Closer ,TVLine reports. The former  Battlestar Galactica  star, 58, will reprise her role as Capt. Sharon Raydor full time. She previously recurred during Season 5 and 6. McDonnell's promotion puts the future of  The Closer  further into question. Despite star Kyra Sedgwick's impending departure from the show, TVLine reported in January that TNT was hoping to keep the hourlong drama alive, either with a new lead or via a spin-off. The site now says the cable network is likely to spin off  The Closer  into a new show called  Major Crimes , however there is no word yet as to whether McDonnell will be involved. The new season of  The Closer  premieres Monday, July 11 at 9/8c on TNT. //www.tvguide.com/News/Mary-McDonnell-Closer-1031538.aspx?rss=breakingnews

TNT announces summer premieres for 'Falling Skies,' 'Franklin & Bash,' 'The Closer' and more

With summer just around the corner, TNT has firmed up premiere plans for new series "Falling Skies" and "Franklin & Bash" -- as well as return dates for plenty of returning series, including the (possibly/sort of) final run of "The Closer." "Skies," the high concept alien invasion thriller from Steven Spielberg starring "ER" vet Noah Wyle, bows Sunday, June 19, at the early hour of 9 p.m ET with a two-hour premiere. After that, it will air at 10 p.m. ET, with Season 4 of "Leverage" returning to its 9 p.m. slot on June 26.Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer's legal comedy "Franklin & Bash" makes its debut a few weeks earlier on Wednesday, June 1, at 9 p.m. ET. The six-episode final leg of "Men of a Certain Age's" Season 2 begins that same night at 10 p.m. ET. On Tuesday, June 14, "Memphis Beat" and "HawthoRNe" return at 9 p.m and 10 p.m.... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/03/tnt-announces-summer-premieres-for-falling-skies-franklin-bash-the-closer-and-more.html

'The Closer': Six bonus episodes!

TNT is re-opening  The Closer . EW has learned exclusively that TNT just ordered six additional episodes of its veteran hit, extending its final season to prepare for a possible spin-off. The network expects to air the previously announced 10 episodes this summer, followed by five in the winter … and now another six in the summer of 2012. The final six will be the swan song for star Kyra Sedgwick (Brenda Leigh Johnson), while likely introducing a new central character who will headline the spin-off. The new show’s working title is…. //insidetv.ew.com/2011/01/30/the-closer-final-season/

'The Closer': TNT wants less closure from closing

When word came that "The Closer" would end at the conclusion of Season 7, TNT issued a glowing press release in which all parties praised each other for all they've accomplished and lamented having to see it's tenure on TV come to an end. Well, apparently they're so sorry they're reconsidering the whole "ending" thing altogether. Deadline reports that TNT is currently considering ways to get a little more life from its flagship series, which averaged more than 8 million viewers during its last season. Several options are being discussed. There's the quick, temporary fix: an additional six episodes tacked onto the current 15-episode season. And, more ambitiously, there's a possible 9-episode order for a spin-off of sorts, in which the non-Kyra Sedgwick members of the cast carry on in a different scenario, presumably with less "closing."Option #1 is clearly contingent on negotiations with Sedgwick, who's only contracted through the end of the 15... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2011/01/the-closer-tnt-wants-less-closure-from-closing.html

'The Closer' to Continue Without Kyra Sedgwick?

Back in December the obits for 'The Closer' were being written after star Kyra Sedgwick announced the end of the series. Now, however, comes news that the farewells may have been premature, and that the drama could be carrying on without her. 'The Closer' is the most-watched basic cable series ever, and according to deadline.com, execs at TNT are unwilling to let their flagship drama go. One of the scenarios currently being discussed at the cable network is extending the 15-episode (Final) Season 7 to 21 episodes. However, adding an extra six episodes is contingent on a deal with Sedgwick. Given she's reportedly the one who decided to end the series in the first place, it could be an uphill battle to persuade her to carry on.  //www.tvsquad.com/2011/01/24/the-closer-to-continue-without-kyra-sedgwick/

THE CLOSER “An Ugly Game” Season 6 Episode 15 - Preview

Check out a first look of the upcoming episode of THE CLOSER "An Ugly Game" Season 6 Episode 15 which airs Monday January 3 at 9pm on TNT. Episode Synopsis: The routine arrest of a crack addict exposes a questionable rehab facility and leads Brenda and her squad on a race to find a missing young woman. The case leads Gabriel to question Brenda’s judgment and Fritz to reveal to Brenda the some ugly truths about his past. Source Here

'The Closer': It's a Christmas Miracle! (VIDEO)

It's a Christmas miracle on ' The Closer'! Or no, wait. Actually, it's the exact opposite of that. On the new episode (Mon., 9PM ET on TNT), Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson's parents are still in town. Yes, Clay and Willie Rae Johnson (Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin) are still visiting their daughter in Los Angeles. But then, a sudden robbery of the Johnson's RV means a loss of all their Christmas gifts -- and their beloved microwave. It's a Christmas anti-miracle! Clay and Willie are shocked by the crime rate in the big city -- now, they're threatening to cut short their endless trip, so they can return to the safety of their home in Atlanta. Will Brenda (Kyra Sedgwick) be able to keep them around? Or will it turn out that the whole theft was an inside job all along? //www.tvsquad.com/2010/12/28/the-closer-its-a-christmas-miracle-video/

THE CLOSER “Living Proof, Part 2'' Season 6 Episode 14 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek and check out photos of the upcoming episode of THE CLOSER ''Living Proof, Part 2'' Season 6 Episode 14 which airs Monday December 27 at 9pm on TNT. Episode Synopsis: A blood feud within a refugee family from Kosovo results in another victim, forcing Brenda and her team, along with Captain Raydor (guest star Mary McDonnell) to continue their investigation on Christmas Day. But Brenda’s attention is then diverted when the RV her parents (guest stars Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin) drove to Los Angeles is robbed, and all the holiday gifts stored inside stolen. Source & Preview

The Closer Gets Another Christmas Present

I've never been impressed by Kyra Sedgwick's sticky-sweet work as LAPD deputy chief Brenda Leigh Johnson — her cornball accent grates on my Southern-born ears. But I can understand why SAG members (not to mention Emmy and Golden Globe voters) would fall for such a larger-than-life, scenery-chewing performance. What I don't get is the terminally mediocre The Closer receiving its fifth nomination for SAG's outstanding drama ensemble award. Sure, there are some good actors in the cast — J.K. Simmons is always AOK with me — but most of them are put through pretty standard procedural paces every week. How can the SAGs pass over such deserving shows as Breaking Bad, Justified, Terriers, Friday Night Lights and Damages in favor of this middlebrow time-waster? To Read More Click Here.

THE CLOSER “Living Proof, Part 1'' Season 6 Episode 13 - Preview

Watch a sneak peek and check out photos of the upcoming episode of THE CLOSER "Living Proof, Part 1? Season 6 Episode 13 which airs Monday December 20 at 9pm on TNT. Episode Synopsis: THE CLOSER "Living Proof, Part 1? Season 6 Episode 13 – A long-brewing feud leads to a stabbing on Christmas Eve and the accidental death of a patriarch in a case that threatens to derail everyone’s holiday plans. Brenda is especially put out, since her parents (guest stars Frances Sternhagen and Barry Corbin) are in town, and they have a very special announcement. Guest star Mary McDonnell returns as Captain Raydor. Source & Preview