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The Closer is an Americanmarker crime drama, starring Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, a Georgiamarker police detective who arrives in Los Angelesmarker to lead the Priority Murder Squad (later Priority Homicide Division), a team that deals only with high profile murder cases. At the end of summer season four, the squad was retasked to handle a range of crimes including fraud and kidnapping, and renamed the Major Crimes Division.

The Closer was created by James Duff and the Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. The 15-episode fourth season premiered July 14, 2008, and unlike previous seasons, ran in two parts, with a ten-week summer season and a five-week winter season. Its 15-episode fifth season began on June 8, 2009. The series has been renewed for a sixth season of 15 episodes.

Characters

The main cast is led by Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, and consists largely of an ensemble of detectives who make up the LAPD's fictional Major Crimes Division1. Other main characters include Johnson's superior officer, Assistant Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons), Robbery-Homicide Commander Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett) and her FBI Agent husband Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney). The remainder of the cast makes up Brenda's squad, each with expertise in a specific area such as crime scene investigation or gang activity. The first departure from the cast occurred in Season Five, when actress Gina Ravera (Irene Daniels) left the cast; her character was transferred to another division in the LAPD.

The main cast, in credits order as of the beginning of the fifth season, is as follows:

Actor Character Rank Unit
Kyra Sedgwick Brenda Leigh Johnson Deputy Chief Major Crimes Division1
J. K. Simmons Will Pope Assistant Chief Los Angeles Police Department
Corey Reynolds David Gabriel Sergeant Major Crimes Division
Robert Gossett Russell Taylor Commander Robbery-Homicide Division
G. W. Bailey Provenza Detective Lieutenant Major Crimes Division
Tony Denison Andy Flynn Detective Lieutenant Major Crimes Division
Michael Paul Chan Michael Tao Detective Lieutenant Major Crimes Division
Raymond Cruz Julio Sanchez Detective Major Crimes Division
Phillip P. Keene Buzz Watson Civilian Surveillance Coordinator Major Crimes Division
Jon Tenney Fritz Howard Special Agent Federal Bureau of Investigation
1 Previously known as Priority Murder Squad (Season 1, Episodes 1 & 2), then Priority Homicide Division (Season 1, Ep. 3 through Season 4, Episode 9). The Division's official name was changed during Season 4, Episode 9, in response to (fictional) media interpretation of the use of "Priority", and the team first operated as the Major Crimes Division (MCD) in the following episode. Along with the change of name, the Division's brief was changed to enlarge its scope to a range of crimes including grand theft, rape and other violent crimes. Commander Taylor now coordinates interaction between the MCD and other units, reporting directly to Deputy Chief Johnson.

Episodes

Each episode of "The Closer" deals with an aspect of the Los Angeles culture as it interfaces with law enforcement in the mega-city. The show deals with complex and subtle issues of public policy ethics, personal integrity, and profound questions of good and evil. The rather large character ensemble explores the human condition, touching on individual faiths, traditional religious influences in the lives and communities of contemporary society, and the breakdown and dysfunction of family systems, work teaming, and government responsibility.

Awards and nominations

Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • 2006 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2006 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Regular Cast)
  • 2007 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2008 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Regular Cast)
  • 2008 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2009 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2009 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (Regular Cast)
  • 2009 - Nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Drama Series (Regular Cast)


Golden Globe Awards
  • 2006 - Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2007 - Win for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2008 - Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2009 - Nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)


Primetime Emmy Awards
  • 2006 - Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2007 - Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2008 - Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2009 - Nomination for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)


Satellite Awards
  • 2005 - Win for Best Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2006 - Win for Best Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2007 - Nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)
  • 2008 - Nomination for Best Actress in a TV Series: Drama (Kyra Sedgwick)


Writers Guild of America Awards
  • 2008 - Nomination for Best Episodic Drama (Michael Alaimo, for the episode "The Round File")


Gracie Allen Awards
  • 2006 - Win for Outstanding Female Lead in a Drama Series (Kyra Sedgwick)


Imagen Foundation Awards

People's Choice Awards
  • 2009 - Win for Favorite TV Drama Diva (Kyra Sedgwick)


PRISM Awards
  • 2008 - Nomination for Best Drama Episode ("Till Death Do Us" Parts 1 and 2)


U.S. television ratings

Viewer numbers (based on average total viewers per episode) of The Closer on TNT.

Season Season Premiere Season Finale
Date Viewers
Total
(in millions)

Viewers
Households
(in millions)

Date Viewers
Total
(in millions)

Viewers
Households
(in millions)

1 June 13, 2005 7.03 5.26 September 5, 2005 6.39 4.61
2 June 12, 2006 8.28 6.04 September 4, 2006 7.60 5.45
3 June 18, 2007 8.81 6.38 September 10, 2007 9.21 6.84
4 July 14, 2008 7.81 5.91

September 15, 20081 7.63 '
1 Summer finale. Season Four was divided into 10 summer and 5 winter episodes as a result of the WGA strike.

As of the end of Season Three, The Closer is ad-supported cable's most-viewed scripted series of all time, ending the season with a live + same day audience of 9.21 million viewers in 6.84 million households. The third season finale holds the record for the largest live + 7 day audience for a single episode of an ad-supported cable series with 9.55 million viewers in 6.88 million households. live + 7 day (DVR) data for the season reflects 30 - 40% audience growth in three key age-based demographic groups. Season Four's premiere slipped slightly from the Season Three opening, with live + same day ratings showing a 3% decline in audience from the previous year's opener. For the fifth season premiere of The Closer, 7.1 million viewers were delivered, with 5.3 million households.

Season 4 winter debut: 6,243,000 (week ending February 1, 2009)

DVD releases

Warner Home Video has released the first four seasons of The Closer on DVD in Region 1.

Season Episodes Original Airdate DVD Release Date
1 13 Summer, 2005 May 23, 2006
2 15 Summer/December, 2006 May 29, 2007
3 15 Summer/December, 2007 July 1, 2008
4 15 Summer 2008/January 2009 May 26, 2009


References

  1. http://www.tnt.tv/series/closer/
  2. http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=8064
  3. Controlled Burn
  4. "Tijuana Brass", Season 4, Episode 9
  5. TNT Pressroom
  6. MediaPost Publications - Strong Debut for TNT's 'Closer,' 'Saving Grace,' But Last Year Was Better - 07/16/2008


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