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As One Door Closes, Another Opens: Saying Goodbye to THE CLOSER

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Showcases, * TV Addict, The Closer on August 13, 2012 at 12:00 pm

In a rare feat, TNT is simultaneously closing the door on its hit series THE CLOSER while debuting its new spin-off series MAJOR CRIMES. Creator and executive producer James Duff likes to describe MAJOR CRIMES as more of a “continuation” series since as the final scene of THE CLOSER ends, minutes later MAJOR CRIMES picks up exactly where it ended on the same night. With a very clever sleight of hand, one series ends allowing its lead Kyra Sedgwick, who delightfully portrayed Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson for the past seven seasons, a graceful exit while Mary McDonnell takes center stage in the new series with her character Captain Sharon Raydor — though everyone is quick to describe the new series as more of a true ensemble series, which will allow all the characters expanded storylines and screentime.

But no matter how they do it, it will still be a goodbye for the fans who have cherished the time that Kyra portrayed her now iconic character, Brenda Leigh Johnson. It is also a time to say goodbye for a few other familiar faces and characters who will not be regularly appearing on MAJOR CRIMES. After the penultimate episode’s big reveal that Lt. Gabriel (Corey Reynolds) was the inadvertent department leak through his girlfriend, who had been paid to befriend and gain Gabriel’s trust by the notorious attorney Peter Goldman (Curtis Armstrong) and Det. Flynn’s (Tony Denison) wise advice to transfer, we knew that Det. David Gabriel would also be moving on. In addition, Chief Pope (J.K. Simmons) has been angling since Day One for a big promotion and he is likely to get his wish granted, leaving another hole in the world we have come to know and love as THE CLOSER.

Yet how these characters stage their exit may surprise you. THE CLOSER cast, crew, writers and producers have worked diligently to create a storyline that will satisfy fans and yet provide the hook necessary to lure them to the new series. Rumored for weeks, if not months, that a death would be involved and that a central villain would be returning for the finale, the final episode of THE CLOSER is not looking to go quietly into the night. It is aiming for a much bigger send off.

As seen in the previews, the villainous Philip Stroh (Billy Burke) makes his deadly reappearance. For years, Brenda has dogged his footsteps and worked tirelessly to catch the devious criminal who has eluded her through his legal expertise. But every great criminal eventually makes one mistake. Just how will Philip react when he realizes how close Brenda may actually be this time?

At a recent screening of the finale with fans at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood on August 7th, the cast and producers of THE CLOSER were quick to remind the lucky few that they need to keep any and all spoilers to themselves. But if the reactions of the fans at the screening were any indication, they were satisfied. The party, gloriously sponsored by TNT and Lincoln (who had flown in winning fans from around the country for their turn on the red carpet with the stars of the show), was filled with beaming faces, cameras flashing, fans hollering from the bleachers, and news crews ready to capture every moment on film, the night glittered with pride and happiness. Missing from the festivities were Kyra Sedgwick, Mary McDonnell, and J.K. Simmons, but the rest of the cast were there to mingle with the fans and happily recount some of their favorite memories working on THE CLOSER and their hopes for the new series MAJOR CRIMES. Though James Duff nearly had a heart-attack when during the Q&A one fan admitted that she had never heard of MAJOR CRIMES and had not realized that nearly the entire cast would still be working together on the continuation series. So in case you too are still a bit fuzzy about it: the show is losing a few faces and being renamed MAJOR CRIMES, but essentially everything you have known and loved about THE CLOSER will still be there: Detectives Flynn, Provenza, Tao, Sanchez, Commander Taylor, Buzz, Agent Fritz Howard, Captain Sharon Raydor and Dr. Morales — and with a little luck, perhaps a few more.

Over the years THE CLOSER took viewers into the confession room where Brenda Leigh Johnson elicited confessions from the most hardened and ruthless of murderers. Not constrained by law to be truthful herself, Brenda’s lies to commiserate with and get the guilty talking were surprising, yet effective tools. Yet even when Brenda was fully within the bounds of the law, her tactics seemed to verge on a slippery slope of ethics. One such tactic lead to the heinous Johnson Rule, stemming from the death of Turell Baylor, whereby police are no longer allowed to abandon suspects or citizens in situations where their lives may be at risk. Still chafing under a rule bearing her own name, seeming to make her culpable for a non-existent crime, Brenda has struggled to find a balance between necessary police tactics to capture criminals and procedures set in place to make her job increasingly difficult. It served as a reminder that justice remains elusive in our legal system.

Seeking to highlight this realistic problem, THE CLOSER has not backed away from the personal and professional cost to those who do their best to bring justice to victims of violent crime. Similarly, MAJOR CRIMES will continue to address this thorny issue throughout its series.

To see exactly how THE CLOSER wraps its final episode and says goodbye to Brenda Leigh Johnson, be sure to tune in on Monday, August 13th at 9:00 p.m. on TNT. Then watch the premiere of MAJOR CRIMES at 10:00 p.m. that same night on TNT to see how our heroes continue the fight against crime and sticky politics.

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Kyra Sedgwick and James Duff Talk About The End of THE CLOSER

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, The Closer on July 9, 2012 at 11:55 am

The end of any television show is always a bit hard to come to terms with. But with only six episodes remaining, this is the chance for the show to honor its roots and the brilliant character of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, as phenomenally portrayed by Kyra Sedgwick. In a recent press conference call, creator and executive producer James Duff along with star Kyra Sedgwick talked how they feel about the end of THE CLOSER.

Why did you decide it was time to leave? Did it have anything to do with Kyra’s husband Kevin Bacon getting his own show [THE FOLLOWING]?

KYRA: No, it was before Kevin got his gig. I think we were in the middle of shooting Season 6 actually, when I started to contemplate the idea of what Season 8 would look like. It was something that I struggled with for many months; almost a year really to make the decision. It just felt like time, mostly for me as an artist, time for me to do something else. There really wasn’t an epiphany. It was just the idea of doing a Season 8 I think felt daunting to me and overwhelming, and sort of just didn’t feel right. I think as an actor you really kind of just have to follow your instincts. It was a hard decision because, you’re putting so many other people out of work. There was just a lot of factors that go into making that kind of decision. But I feel like it’s wonderful that we get to go out on top, and that James had a good long time to close this out in the right way to finish.

JAMES: Yeah, she gave me an opportunity that most writers never have, which is the opportunity to end the show the way I’d always wanted to. That was a great gift at the end of a great journey.

How do you feel about Kevin going on television now?

KYRA: I’m thrilled for him. I mean, I think it’s such a satisfying venue and it’s so exciting to stick with a character for many years if you get that opportunity. And it’s so wonderful to work with a family. I mean, Kevin’s always been very loyal and very much a family-oriented person, and I think that for those of us who like to have recognizable faces and people that we love and that support us and help us to do our very best work around us, it’s a unique opportunity and I’m thrilled for him. I’m really excited.

What do you hope that people take away from having seen THE CLOSER?

JAMES: Well, of course first and foremost, I hope they are entertained. The idea of doing a series is to distract people from the pressures and horrors of ordinary life, and I hope we managed to do that. And the second thing I hope they take away is this extraordinary perspective on the justice system that we got to view through the lens of this character. We can look at the justice system several different ways, and Brenda Leigh Johnson’s way off looking at it, which is not entirely my own, but which is interesting, was I feel like a fascinating experience for me as a writer. And also, I hope they feel like at the end of the day we honored that, that the last six episodes are true to the character and true to the ethos that we tried to create.

KYRA: I feel like I hope that people have higher expectations of where their entertainment dollar can be spent. I feel like we really delivered great stories and great characters, and I hope that, this will make them speak out — encourage them to speak out – about really good shows and not be satisfied with the norm or simple things. I also so hope as an actor that they really grew to understand and love this character as I love her, her complexities and her passion and through reality of being a woman in this kind of situation, and someone that they could really relate to.

What do you guys think will be the legacy of this show after it’s over? How will people remember it?

KYRA: I see her as a significant and sentinel character in the lexicon of female characters ever played for a long period of time, whether it’s a movie series or a television series. I think we broke a lot of ground and I think that we were able to consistently weave exciting storylines with deep and resonating character arcs. And I think that that’s something that’s very hard to do, especially in a procedural. And I think that we accomplished that.

JAMES: I would say too that when we created the series I wasn’t aware that we would be breaking ground. It hadn’t really occurred to me that way. Except that I was watching these other procedurals and it seemed to be a lot of times that they were asking women to be successful by acting like men. And that’s just not my experience in the workplace. Women are not successful because they act like men. Women are successful because women have their own feminine. I mean femininity is a power. It is not a weakness or something that needs to be compensated for. So I was very concentrated on making sure that Brenda remained a woman in this world. And I hope that resonates. I think it did. I think afterwards we saw a lot of single female lead shows where women were not, you know in effect dressing to disguise their femininity or overexposing themselves either. There seemed to be some acceptance that women were strong in their own right, not because they could act like men, but because they had powers as women.

Last Christmas there was the revelation that the civil lawsuit had been dropped against Brenda, but was still going forward against the City, and then they settled after Brenda was dropped out of the lawsuit with the Johnson Rule still intact. Is that going to be explored further? What current implications does the Johnson Rule have over Brenda and the team for the rest of the series?

JAMES: That’s part of the continuing storyline and we can’t answer that question fully, except to say that naturally whenever you create a solution in government there are unforeseen consequences. And, you know the Johnson Rule ends up being an admission of a problem that it becomes more problematic as the last six episodes unfold. I think it was a really unfair solution personally, but it is the kind of solution that you find. And I wanted to show also the sort of stress, that really heroic — dare I say — public employees take-on on a daily basis, and the slings and arrows of outrageous misfortune they endure. We’ve heard a lot about, you know how awful public employees are lately, and I just wanted to remind people that they are serving us and it is a vocation and what they get for it. And what they get for it us sometimes things like the Johnson Rule.

Also can you comment on whether Jason O’Mara might be returning as Billy Croelick?

KYRA: Unfortunately he is not.

JAMES: No, he was doing another series while we were finishing ours. We loved him. The interesting thing about Jason’s character is that he never actually committed a murder that we know of on Brenda’s watch. So he’s not an unclosed case actually, technically. But I would have loved to have seen him some time in our last year, he just wasn’t available. He’s such a great guy too.

How does it feel to be recognized with so many award nominations for your role on THE CLOSER?

KYRA: It made a difference in my recognition factor for sure. And I think that people know my name now, and I think that’s always a good thing. And I think THE CLOSER afforded me the opportunity to really show my wares and show the places that I was capable of going as an actor; the dark places and the funny places. I’ll never forget that. I mean, that has been an opportunity that I never really knew that I was going to get. Where this character went everywhere emotionally.

JAMES: I want to add something to that, and that is that, she’s always been a great actress, always. And she’s always been someone who was capable of carrying the A-story just in her eyes. But, the nice thing I think THE CLOSER might have done is that she got a chance to actually prove that, and there are a lot of actors who don’t get a chance to prove it, but she’s too modest to say so. But, the truth is she proved absolutely that what everybody thought about her was true, that she was in her being the A-story that she is a amazing actor and one of the most talented performers in the English speaking language. And she always had that and she always had that in her, but she got a chance to prove it and I think that’s a fantastic opportunity for an artist, and she won’t say it, so I will.

Any chance you’ll be making a MAJOR CRIMES appearance then, Kyra?

KYRA: Yes, for sure. It’s definitely a possibility.

JAMES: It’s a possibility, yes.

James, you will still be involved with the MAJOR CRIMES, right?

JAMES: We’re still doing MAJOR CRIMES. I’m playing the same role in MAJOR CRIMES that I played in THE CLOSER.

Will there be some sort of crossover where an introduction near the end to kind of lead up into MAJOR CRIMES?

JAMES: I would say there is a crossover character. There is a character who transits between THE CLOSER and MAJOR CRIMES, and he wasn’t planned exactly. It was just ended up being that way, and that THE CLOSER is the end of THE CLOSER. There are a couple of illusions to what comes next, but my focus was entirely on ending the series, and incidentally launching MAJOR CRIMES. So the illusions to MAJOR CRIMES are buried and hopefully some of them will be a surprise in the final hour. But, I will say, I was more focused on concluding THE CLOSER than I was beginning MAJOR CRIMES when I was writing the show. I think that’s the experience people will have.

As you look back on last season, do either of you guys have a favorite episode or a favorite story arc that will stand out in your memory?

KYRA: That’s always so tough for me. I feel like we have so many years to choose from it’s hard to pull out some favorites. I’m always most intrigued and feel most satisfied by the character arcs. And by those I mean some of the character arcs with Fritz and Brenda. I loved their courtship, and then when he finally asks her to marry him in that doctor’s office, in between tears of realizing that’s she’s suffering from peri-menopausal symptoms brought out on that have to be operated on, he asked her to marry her in the most inopportune moment. But it’s beautiful and funny and wonderful. I also loved the whole cat arc, the getting the cat and her not wanting the cat, and then the cat becoming an intrinsic part of her life, and then the eventual demise of the cat. I loved her parents. I loved the fact that no matter what age you are when your parents come to visit you’re suddenly that 12-year old kid again who hasn’t learned anything; hasn’t changed at all. I so appreciated being able to see that side of Brenda. I loved the personal moments with some of her squad, like when Detective Sanchez’s brother died and she had to be there for him in a very special and different way. Moments when she had to have Gabriel turn in his badge and his gun after he beats up the pedophile. I thought that was very difficult for her as he is her favorite. And I loved that personal moment. So those were among my favorites.

JAMES: I think my favorite moment in THE CLOSER overall is in the finale, and so I can’t really talk about it. But it is a scene between Brenda and Fritz halfway through where he begins to identify with the witness in a fairly spectacular way. For me, THE CLOSER, one of the things I think that makes it appealing to the audience we have is about how to balance your professional life and your personal life, and how we never really know exactly how to do that. How we’re always making it up day-by-day, and not knowing where to put ourselves. And she, in that scene, Brenda is perfectly poised between both places. It’s a very, very long time we spend just on her face as that moment plays out. To me it was just one of those things that. I like it for two reasons: one is because it is exactly where I always wanted the character to end up, and also because it’s one of those things that only Kyra Sedgwick could do. I felt like that was, for me, the most amazing moment of the whole series, and everything after that is good too. I mean, what she does after that, after she has that epiphany, if you will, is fantastic too. But so much was building to that moment. I think it was the very first scene we shot of the finale, as Michael Robin announced as we were shooting it, that it was rarified air we were breathing being able to bring the series to a close. And oh my God, if you liked the show, that moment in the duplex and between here. Fritz is just going to be – well, John Tenney — he’s such an amazing actor too.

Will the final episodes continue to balance the funny moments with the darker storylines?

KYRA: Oh, absolutely. I would say it’s a dramatic ending, but there’s a really fun romp in the second episode of the final six. And yes, there’s always an element of humor. I don’t think we could do our job as well as we do if we didn’t have an element of humor. I mean, there’s always a gallows-humor within, but there’s also just the interpersonal, recognizable things about each other that you have when you’re with a family or a cast a long time. There’s a lot of interpersonal winks and people are still who they are, even in the midst of the most dramatic circumstances. So there are still a lot of laughs and a lot of good character fun stuff.

What did you take away from set as your souvenir?

KYRA: I didn’t take away anything from the set. I didn’t actually take away any material things. I mean, everyone on that set will, and the cast as well as the crew, will always have a very, very special place in my heart. I was given a beautiful sort of seven-year yearbook from my makeup and my costume team. They’ve taken many, many pictures over the years and they interviewed people and they put together this yearbook, but for over the last seven years, and that was a really beautiful memento to take away and it’s all in there.

It has been a long and marvelous journey and it will be a pleasure to savor these last six episodes of THE CLOSER as it concludes starting Monday, July 9th at 9:00 p.m. on TNT.

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Kyra Sedgwick and EP James Duff Talk Candidly About THE CLOSER and What’s Next

In * By Tiffany Vogt, * Interviews, * TV Addict, The Closer on November 28, 2011 at 3:00 pm

In the world of Brenda Leigh Johnson in THE CLOSER, life is simple:  there is a crime and someone is going to pay.  Intriguingly, making the punishment fit the crime has become an underlying theme.  For is it enough to put away the bad guy if the legal system cannot guarantee that he will never see the light of day again?

In this final season, the unorthodox tactics employed by the Major Crimes Division to get the confessions they need to put away criminals has been called into question, especially if they cannot use the confession to obtain justice. After the state court threw out the case against Brenda in the wrongful death suit of a murderer and the big reveal that the same case was now going to be brought in federal court, the issue of a department “mole” has taken on new meaning and ramifications.

In a recent conference call with press, Kyra Sedgwick and creator/executive producer James Duff shared their candid thoughts on the journey of Brenda Leigh Johnson and what lies ahead.

You left us with a whopper of a cliffhanger! As we go into the holiday episodes, can you speculate as to what some of the motivations are of the person who may be considered the “mole” in the department?  What he or she might be kind of motivated by — whether it might be political aspirations, altruism or personal payback towards Brenda?

JAMES:  No, we can’t. I can’t give you any of that information, except to say that everybody on her team really loves her. So you have to think about it in terms of that.

There’s no one on her team who’s bad.

But somebody’s giving away good information.

JAMES:  Yes, good information is definitely leaking out of Major Crimes.

Alright, on a safer subject, maybe you could talk about whether or not Mark Pellegrino who portrays Gavin might have a continuing role as the case continues in the federal court?

JAMES:  Yes, he’s in several of the back five episodes of our bridge episodes between this summer and next. So you will see him, I think, twice more at least. He’s become a really almost like a member of the company. He and Kyra really do like working together.  Their work together is fantastic.

Kyra, could you talk briefly about how you enjoy working with Mark as Gavin?

KYRA:  Well, I just think that it brings out another side of Brenda and that side is someone who is really — I mean she’s incredibly vulnerable around him because she is in such hot water and he really is her ally in this. Even though sometimes she gets frustrated with him and sometimes his alliance with her seems to be slightly shifting there sometimes. He really is the one who’s hopefully going to be her savior in all of this, and at this point when she really doesn’t know who to trust at all and feels like she can’t trust anyone.

As we get closer to the ending of the series, is it going to focus more on Brenda and how things are going to resolve with her or are we going to see her working more cases and are there any really cool cases coming up?

JAMES:  I will tell you that for sure we are going to be focusing more on Brenda. I want to write the end of THE CLOSER and she is “The Closer.” And anyone who has this much time to spend with Kyra Sedgwick and doesn’t maximize their opportunity is out of their minds. So my primary role is to focus on the end of THE CLOSER. And I think they will have some really cool cases. There are some that are a bit lighter than before. We have a couple of frothy ones, including our 100th episode where Fred Willard plays Santa Claus and what may be the first case of Santa-cide that we’ve ever investigated. But for the most part, they are darker, more serious crimes and I’m afraid actually I’m taking Brenda through some very dark places in her own heart. And hopefully giving something for Kyra to do which makes this last year as interesting as our first year together. That’s my goal.

Will the series wind up in a way that viewers will be satisfied or are you thinking of leaving it open-ended for la possible future movie for TNT?

JAMES:  Well, I’m not thinking about anything beyond.  What I’m thinking about right now and what you would be thinking about too if you had been sitting here since January and working through 21 episodes is:  I’m thinking about how to best end this show for this character for right now, and to explain why she’s suddenly going to be leaving. Well, not suddenly, I mean it’s beginning to get really difficult for her to do her job. I will say this:  that I think the biggest problem we face as adults is how to balance our professional and personal life, and that this character has not done that as well as she could have. She’s never learned how to balance her personal and professional lives and she’s going to be forced to figure that out.


What’s the hardest part when you see the end of this show that has been such an important part of your life for the last few years?

KYRA:  I think I can partly answer that question because I think that there are many unforeseeable feelings that are going to come up for me at the end of this show and this character and working with these people. I know that I will miss my fellow players — and that includes the cast and the crew and the writers and the executive producers and all this family that we really have created. I know I will miss Brenda’s complications and her struggle and her successes and her triumphs — you know, the loss of someone I’ve been so deeply intimate with for such a long time, like this character. And in some ways through this character, with James as well, as more concrete and the fact that we have a good relationship. I will miss both of those things deeply. And I’ll miss as an actor the constant challenge of the workload, even though — I mean I’m in Boston right now and I can’t think of anything better. But I know I will miss that.  I’m very much of a sort of work-horse actor and I really love acting and having those kind of demands on me. That many hours out of every day, I find it exciting. So I will miss all those things.

JAMES:  I will vouch for that.  If you want a marathon-running actor, Kyra Sedgwick is the person you want to hire. She is 100% committed, 100% of the time. But I will say, and maybe she will agree with this, that if you do have to end your show, ending it after 21 episodes is probably easier than ending it after 15.

KYRA:  Absolutely.

This role is iconic.  Do you think it changed women’s roles in television, and has it changed your life in any way?

KYRA:  Sure, I mean I think that the success of the show has made me feel confident in a way that I don’t know that I would have for many years to come.  In a short of amount of time, relatively, I feel like the success of not only the show materialistically in terms of the ratings and all of those things that we can point to – also just in terms of getting through a day and feeling really good about the scenes that we’ve done and feeling really good about the show. The episodes that we’ve done and feeling like we really served the piece has really given me a confidence. And also working as an executive producer with writers and giving notes and seeing things come together through some of my influence has been really a good feeling.  So you get confidence in that, like I have good instincts around this and maybe this is something that I can do for future. I think that that’s been wonderful.

JAMES:  And I would also say that she occasionally tries to arrest people, which is also a big change — she never did that before she started doing THE CLOSER!

For Kyra, if you could comment what you think that Brenda sees when she sees herself currently in the mirror.

KYRA:  Oh, well, I’m sure like all women her age, she probably sees her mother.  You know, I don’t think that Brenda’s a very self reflecting kind of person in any way. I mean I’m sure she does look in the mirror to put her makeup and get her hair done, but in terms of really looking inward, that has never been her strong suit. And, in fact, it’s been something she’s avoided like the plague. So I think that she probably sees the superficiality of what one would look at when one looks in the mirror.

Do you think recent events have caused her to kind of take a pause and look at what her decisions were in situations that she made?

KYRA:  I think for moments, she’s had moments. But only moments.  I think they sometimes come in overwhelming bouts, but I think they’ve been moments and then she gets right back on the: “I haven’t done anything wrong” and has a very sort defiant stance, almost a feeling of self-righteousness.

JAMES:  I think she probably tries to avoid looking in the mirror for too long. That would be more like her, I think.

James, are you afraid as you’re trying to wind up THE CLOSER and working on MAJOR CRIMES that there might be some hesitancy about tarnishing the legacy of Brenda Leigh Johnson as you go down that path?

JAMES:  No, I’m not because I feel like we’re going to do a really good job. I really do feel like we’re going to do a good job of the last three episodes that we have for THE CLOSER and that’s what I’m most concerned about.  As to the other issue, MAJOR CRIMES, I don’t know. I can’t tell you exactly what I’m thinking will happen or what will go on there or anything like that. It’s just being afraid of something, isn’t a good way to approach it. And so I’m not being fearful, I’m trying to say goodbye to this character, as well as Kyra is. This character is so much a part of my soul and it’s very hard to be thinking about what comes next when you are dealing with loss. I feel like the loss has to be absorbed and I have to fully approach that and fully grab hold of it before I can move on to something else. So I haven’t really done that yet to be frank with you. I don’t know if Kyra has, I don’t think she has. I have not fully.

KYRA:  We don’t have time for that.

JAMES:  We don’t really have time, that’s actually the truth.

KYRA:  That’s the way Brenda feels about everything, we don’t have time for that.

JAMES: I promise you, I have not dealt with my emotions on the end of the show. I haven’t dealt with how I feel about it, me James, emotionally, not the showrunner or not the executive producer or anything else. But, just me by myself, James, how I feel about it and I don’t think I ever refer to myself basically in the third person, so don’t take that too seriously, but I haven’t dealt with it — that loss yet. So it’s impossible for me to really even think about MAJOR CRIMES or what it will do. It’s not going to do anything to THE CLOSER legacy. At the very worst it could do is make THE CLOSER look better.  And at the very best it will be a place where the people who like THE CLOSER can come and hang out and still see some of the people they’ve grown to love and care about.

For the MAJOR CRIMES, will Kyra play any role in that at all? Is she going to be any kind of producer on it, or guest star?

JAMES:  Well she has agreed theoretically to guest star, and I think we have a three episode deal.  But I don’t think we have times or ideas nailed down and to bring her back, it needs to be something special.  Also I were her, I would want to have some time to put the character down for a while. Seven years is an extraordinarily long time to play a role of this size. It’s one of the largest speaking roles in television and for the first two years she was in every scene. And as much as I would like to have her back and as much as it would be great to end THE CLOSER and in the first episode of MAJOR CRIMES, guest stars Kyra’s Brenda Leigh Johnson, I don’t think that’s right and I feel like it would be not honoring the end of THE CLOSER. So I feel like we have to establish something new and we have to get that something new going properly. And then we have to see how Brenda would fit into that something new and it really does have to be something extraordinary. You don’t want to ask Kyra to come back and reprise something that she’s already done brilliantly unless you have something new to go with it. And I feel like that’s the answer she would give you too.

Are most of the cast members from THE CLOSER, you know the LAPD staff, going to still be there with the show when it becomes MAJOR CRIMES?

JAMES:  Most of them, yes.

While Kyra and James were cautious in giving away anything that may spoil the upcoming storylines or reveal how the show will end next summer, they did share some wonderful reflections on a show that has made all other procedurals look pale in comparison.  THE CLOSER returns with more on the traitorous “mole,” more quirky and possibly heart-breaking cases, and more thorny ethical issues while trying to balance the needs of police procedure, human rights and justice on Monday, November 28th. Be sure to tune-in for the first of five new episodes at 9:00 p.m. on TNT.

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