The Closer: TNT TV Series Ending, No Season Eight

The CloserBack in July, TNT announced that The Closer would be back for a seventh season of 15 episodes. The series has been the top performer for the cable channel and the most-watched TV show on ad-supported cable television.

Now, TNT has announced The Closer is coming to an end. The press release notes that the decision came from series star Kyra Sedgwick.

Here’s the official press release…

TNT Announces Final Season of Landmark Hit THE CLOSER

TNT’s long-running, breakout hit THE CLOSER will wrap up its phenomenal run with a final season in 2011. The difficult decision to conclude the series with season seven was made by Kyra Sedgwick, the Emmy-winning star of THE CLOSER.

“It’s impossible to fully express our appreciation to Kyra Sedgwick, series creator James Duff and all of the other talented people who brought THE CLOSER to TNT viewers,” said Steve Koonin, president of Turner Entertainment Networks. “THE CLOSER was a pivotal series in setting a new course for TNT’s original programming, while also serving as a prime example of the storytelling strength possible on cable television.”

“I cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we’ve created on THE CLOSER,” Sedgwick said. “I will always be grateful to James Duff for his love and friendship, as well as for creating such a rich and complex character who I have loved living with year after year. Mike, Greer, Rick and all of our outstanding cast and crew are forever in my heart. I want to thank TNT and Warner Bros. Television, as well as the incredible fans of THE CLOSER, for all of their unwavering support over the last seven years.”

THE CLOSER proved to be a resounding success after its debut on TNT in 2005. The series – which is produced for TNT by The Shephard/Robin Company, in association with Warner Bros. Television – was created by Duff, who serves as executive producer with Greer Shephard, Michael M. Robin, Rick Wallace and Sedgwick. In its seventh and final season in 2011, THE CLOSER will reach its 100th episode. Production of the 15-episode season will start in spring 2011.

“Kyra Sedgwick has distinguished herself not only as an extraordinary actress, but as a remarkable set leader and presence on THE CLOSER,” said Peter Roth, president of Warner Bros. Television. “The series has literally changed the face and course of both TNT and Warner Bros. Television, and we will always be grateful for all that she has contributed toward that success.”

“Kyra blazed a new trail in the television landscape with her performance as Brenda Leigh Johnson,” said Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies (TCM). “Like her many fans, we will miss her terribly, and we will be forever grateful for the time we got to spend with her.”

THE CLOSER is currently in the midst of concluding its sixth season. This past summer, the series was the foundation of TNT’s strong Monday night lineup, which featured the introduction of the new hit series Rizzoli & Isles.

THE CLOSER and Rizzoli & Isles currently rank as basic cable’s top two series of all time. In 2010, both series averaged more than 8 million viewers, marking a first for a basic cable network. THE CLOSER also kept up the pace by growing its deliveries compared to season five.

What do you think? Are you sorry to hear The Closer is ending? What would you like to see happen in the series finale?

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  1. Frances Caddell says

    This is all so stupid. What do we still live in the dark ages. Doing this show only inhanses Kyra in anything she wants to do. Quiting well that only makes her a quitter. I’d hate to see what that would do to any children she has or will have. Oh it’s OK if I quite and don’t do anything with my life after all Moms a quitter. And in my book not worth watching in anything anymore, fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me. So NO, NO THANK YOU, Kyra. Just being the best actress is not enough. You have to care about your public. I seen your other Movies and you were never as good in them, as in The Closer. It takes the right part to make a great actress and for you, it was Brenda Lee, in The Closer. I sure hope you change your mind. Will be waiting and hopeing you come to your senses.

  2. Mary says

    The Closer is my favorite show, I never miss it and even watch reruns. Wish there was a way to change Kyra’s mind. I’m sure that she will be great in anything and we will all enjoy watching her. Wish you all the best Kyra.

  3. Anonymous says

    The Closer is the best show, I can’t believe it is ending wish there was some way Kyra would change her mind. She and the cast will be missed. I love the show so much I even enjoy washing reruns. Wish you all the best Kyra I’m sure anything you do will be great and we will all enjoy watching.

  4. Susan says

    I really hate to see this show end. Looked forward to watching every week. Wish Kyra would change her mind. However, I understand that people like to expand into other roles. You and the cast will be greatly missed. Good luck in your future plans.

  5. Nancy T says

    Louise, Wylma, and all – you’ve summed it up beautifully. A FANTASTIC cast. My absolute FAVORITE show. Kyra – please, PLEASE, change your mind!!!

  6. Louise says

    Sure hate the see this show end. I love this show and don’t think there will be any to replace it. All the characters are great and each have their own storyline. Enjoy watching it every Monday night, that’s what I look forward to. Please Kyra (Brenda Leigh) change your mind. You have many fans!!!!

  7. Wylma McCrary says

    I am very sorry that ‘The Closer’ will not be returning. I hope Kyra Sedgewick will change her mind. That show cannot be replaced. A few years ago I started watching some very unhappy housewives. And I watched a few months. Didn’t hold my interest so I stopped. That show lasted a few seasons. A couple of seasons ago I started watching a really-good-wife show. I got tired of it. Couldn’t relate to the cast/characters.
    It’s different for the cast on ‘The Closer’. I wonder what is going to happen with Brenda, Brenda and Fritz, Provenza, Flynn, Sanchez, and all the rest of that marvelous cast. The stories/plots/characters make me curious, happy, sad, etc. Please Stay!

  8. Maureen says

    I am exteremly sorry to see this show go. I have looked forward to watching it. The cast has been unbelieveable., the way they play off of each other is fantastic.I would only hope that Kyra would change her mind, I can only say PLEASE KYRA CHANGE YOUR

  9. Arnita says

    I will be sorry to see the Closer go. I have enjoyed it very, very much. She is a very strong leading lady, and she made the show very believable. Also, they backed her up w/a great cast all of whom are strong actors/actresses w/in their own right. Would love to see the closer return to television in made for TV movies.

  10. Anonymous says

    I have really enjoyed this show and always watch the reruns. Can’t anyone talk Kyra out of quitting?

  11. Linda Wade says

    I have enjoyed the closer since it began. Lyra is a great actress and I am extremely sad to see it end.

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