Warning: This article contains spoilers for the Season 5 finale of The Closer!Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson is one hell of a charmer. Not only does she arrive at the crime scene with her blonde mane in curls and her ruffly dress perfectly matched to her cute little sweater, but she also enters the interrogation room with a smile and a simple question for the murder suspect: "What's your name?"
Fresh off her Golden Globe win, The Closer star Kyra Sedgwick has scored a pay raise that makes her one of the highest-paid actresses on television.
Sources said she is getting a significant salary bump to $250,000-$300,000 per episode of TNT's hit police drama, including one-time bonuses. Representatives for TNT and Sedgwick declined comment on the specifics of the deal.
The pact also adds a year to her original contract, keeping her on The Closer for a total of seven seasons, and gives her a producer credit. The series is returning for a third season in the summer.
In addition to the Globe win Monday, Sedgwick's role on the show as hard-nosed Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson earned her Golden Globe and Emmy nominations last year.
The Closer has emerged as the most-watched basic cable series ever. It ...Read more
Criminals beware--The Closer is coming back.
The TNT series, whose season-two premiere posted the highest numbers ever for a basic cable show, received the thumbs-up from the network for a third season. TNT ordered 15 episodes of the Kyra Sedgwick police drama to run in the summer of 2007.
The June 12 season premiere broke records for basic cable when it was watched by 8.3 million viewers. The show has continued to receive high ratings and currently ranks as the number-one scripted show on ad-supported cable.
"This show has been everything we hoped for and more," said Michael Wright, senior vice president of original programming for TNT and TBS, in a statement. "With Kyra leading the way, a pitch-perfect cast around her and brilliant directors and producers working with fantastic scripts every week, The Closer has proven it is one of the most entertaining shows on television. We ...Read more
Turner cable networks TNT and TBS announced their new upcoming shows with fanfare in New York's Madison Square Garden. The star-studded presentation featured many of the show casts, along with a performance by comedian Kevin James and a concert by Lenny Kravitz.
TNT "knows drama," and they're out to prove it with a slate of dramatic shows.
Cop show The Closer will return for its second season in June. The Kyra Sedgwick drama will air commerical-free for the season premiere.
Saved is a character-driven drama about a charming paramedic, played by Tom Everett Scott. Scott is struggling to deal with his hectic professional life, where lives are in his hands every day. The show premieres in June, also commercial-free.
Blade Runner director Ridley Scott spoke about his new miniseries, The Company, which deals with the CIA during the Cold War ...Read more
TNT is having a good week, with the cable network's original movie The Librarian: Quest for the Spear and the second-season finale of The Closer drawing solid viewership numbers.
In other cable-ratings news, ABC Family's telecast of theatrical Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Hallmark Channel's original movie The Christmas Card, and the second-season finale of Nickelodeon's Avatar performed well for their respective networks.
The Librarian: Return to King Solomon's Mines, a sequel starring Noah Wyle, averaged a strong 6.2 million total viewers from 8 to 10 p.m. Sunday, according to Nielsen Media Research. The number was off slightly from the first movie, which averaged nearly 7 million viewers in its December 5, 2004, premiere.
Meanwhile, a special two-hour second-season ender of The Closer drew 5.4 million viewers at 8 p.m. Monday ...Read more
Marking her first foray into series television, Oscar winner Holly Hunter is in negotiations to star in TNT's drama pilot
She would play a jaded Oklahoma City police detective who is visited by an irascible angel and offered an opportunity to redeem her life. The cable network ordered the pilot almost a year ago.
Grace comes on the heels of the breakout success of another TNT drama centered on a strong female cop character, The Closer. The Kyra Sedgwick vehicle has emerged as the most-watched cable series.
Hunter has been nominated for an Academy Award four times, most recently for thirteen in 2003, and won for lead actress in 1994 for The Piano.
On the big screen, she most recently appeared in Rodrigo Garcia's indie Nine Lives. She last appeared onstage in 2004 in Marina Carr's By the Bog of Cats in London.Read more
TNT has decided that CSI and Law & Order shouldn't own the market on television spin-offs. The basic-cable network is looking at spinning off its bit hit The Closer, says The Hollywood Reporter.
There are no details on the project yet, which is currently going by the tentative name The Fixer. The thought is that the show could either feature an existing character or branch out with an all-new crew, like other locale-specific procedurals.
In The Closer, Kyra "one degree of Kevin Bacon" Sedgwick stars as a Los Angeles police deputy assigned to big-time cases. The show is currently in its fourth season.
At the summer TCA press tour, Showtime announced that fans hadn't heard the last of The L Word, even though the show was given an end date next year. Showtime is spinning off the lesbian drama, but details had been mum until now.
According to Variety ...Read more