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'The Closer' Series Finale Brings in 9.1 Million Viewers, 'Major Crimes' Premieres Huge

UPDATED: TNT's longtime champ, just shy of its series high in 2007, offers a solid lead for its spinoff -- now the year's strongest cable debut. //feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/xITHxlLIabQ/story01.htm

'The Closer' finale and 'Major Crimes' premiere both score big audiences

The series finale of "The Closer" drew the show's second-biggest audience ever Monday night (Aug. 13) -- and provided a big platform for the launch of its spinoff series, "Major Crimes."Just under 9.1 million people said goodbye to Kyra Sedgwick and "The Closer," making the finale the No. 2 episode in the show's history behind the third-season finale (9.2 million) in September 2007. TNT says it expects Monday's episode to pass the 2007 show's Live +7 ratings (9.95 million) when the final numbers are released in a couple of weeks."Major Crimes," meanwhile, followed "The Closer" with a premiere audience of 7.2 million viewers. It bumps another TNT show, "Dallas," out of the top spot for the biggest cable series premiere of 2012. Both "Major Crimes" and "The Closer," incidentally, drew more viewers than anything on broadcast TV Monday night.As was the case with its parent show, the demographics for "Major Crime" skewed to the older... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/the-closer-finale-and-major-crimes-premiere-both-score-big-audiences.html

The Closer Finale Postmortem: Creator James Duff Talks Brenda's Final Confession

[WARNING: The following story contains spoilers from the series finale of The Closer . Read at your own risk.] When it came time for The Closer 's Brenda Leigh Johnson to get her final confession, she didn't even want to hear it. The groundbreaking TNT drama's series finale found Brenda ( Kyra Sedgwick ) once again squaring off with the elusive defense attorney/serial rapist Phillip Stroh (guest star Billy Burke ) — only this time, Brenda had an eye witness in the form of orphaned teenage hustler Rusty Beck ( Graham Patrick Martin ). One problem: Rusty wouldn't identify Stroh unless the Major Crimes Unit located his mother, who had abandoned him....  //www.tvguide.com/News/Closer-Finale-Postmortem-James-Duff-1051943.aspx?rss=breakingnews

'The Closer's' Kyra Sedgwick: There's 'a grieving and a mourning that has to be honored'

Zap2it: Now that it's the end of the road for you with "The Closer," are you satisfied that the audience has rolled with the punches of everything you've gone through as police interrogator Brenda Leigh Johnson?Kyra Sedgwick: Oh, yeah, for sure. I remember the first year, people would say, "She's kind of a b****," ... but as they got to know her more, I never heard that anymore. I think they really liked the fact that she was a powerful woman who wasn't apologizing for being powerful, and a woman who would do anything to be an advocate for the victim.She became more morally ambiguous, and some of the things she did were tougher to swallow, but I think there was a lot of good will toward her at that point.RELATED: Our favorite female TV crime-solversZap2it: How difficult has it been to separate from fellow actors and a creative team that you've been with for... //blog.zap2it.com/frominsidethebox/2012/08/the-closers-kyra-sedgwick-theres-a-grieving-and-a-mourning-that-has-to-be-honored.html

'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 . //www.buddytv.com/articles/the-closer/the-closer-series-finale-and-m-47032.aspx

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... //www.tvequals.com/2012/08/13/the-closer-series-finale-the-last-word/