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Plus: Olivia Munn heads to HBO, Syfy picks up a series about a demon that feeds on sex, and things go back to bad for Breaking In.

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Kyra Sedgwick & Co. polish off another solid season of The Closer -- how do they do it?
Aug 25, 2009
Recap: The Closer Closes Season 5 in Style

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?"

Cop show is the most-watched basic cable series ever.
Jan 18, 2007
Closer star Sedgwick earns hefty pay rise

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 ...

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Red-hot cop drama gets green light for another go-around.
Jun 30, 2006
The Closer renewed for third season

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 ...

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The Closer returns, Stephen King reviles, and Ridley Scott recounts the Cold War.
Apr 13, 2006
TBS and TNT announce new shows

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 ...

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Closer finale helps cable net to solid returns.
Dec 06, 2006
TNT booms with Librarian

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 ...

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Oscar-winning actress gets ready to play Piano on thugs' teeth for TNT.
Jul 17, 2006
Holly Hunter eyes TV series

Marking her first foray into series television, Oscar winner Holly Hunter is in negotiations to star in TNT's drama pilot Grace.

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.

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Fearless Fathers was pleasantly surprised by the outcome of the season premiere of the Closer
Jun 10, 2009
Blog Spotlight: Unlike Family Courts, the Closer Closes It Quite Well

I happened to watch “The Closer” (Kyra Sedgwick) tonight. The first episode of season 5, whose title I could not find. Frankly, at the beginning, I was scared that the show would sunk in one of the worst cliche ever.

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Jan 12, 2011
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TNT expanding brand of its top-rated cop show; L Word finally decides which character to let loose.
Sep 06, 2008
Spin-Offs: The Closer, The L Word

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.

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"They'll bring you in. She'll make you talk." Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick) is a police detective who transfers from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Despite a tendency to step on people's toes, Johnson manages to convert even her strongest adversaries with her unique ability to get to the truth. A TNT original series, The Closer is created by the producers of Nip/Tuck and The Agency.moreless