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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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Chitown August 14, 2012 at 11:27 am

Whatever it takes to bring Kyra back do it.

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Chitown August 14, 2012 at 11:26 am

I think the powers that be need to pay Kyra some more money and bring her back.

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esau August 13, 2012 at 10:26 pm

kyra wish u the best because u r the best. kevin should be very proud! rest of cast.. u guys are terrific. hope u do good with new show “major crimes” good luck!!!!!!!!!!!

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Anonymous August 13, 2012 at 10:16 pm

kyra wish u the best. because u r the best. kevin should be very proud

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Little Bright Feather August 12, 2012 at 2:12 am

I loved The Closer and I love Rizolli and Isles too. I also think Leberage is an all time hit as well. Will miss The Closer and I hope it will end on a happy note, maybe even a cliff hanger ? It’s the Mentalist they need to get rid of. It’s such a boring show ! Hope the spin off of The Closer will be as exciting as it’s mother series has been.
Thank you Kyra for all the wonderful years.

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Fan August 8, 2012 at 12:57 pm

I would like to know what happens between Brenda and Fritz. It shows him on Major Crimes…..which I will watch as loyally as the Closer.

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Fiona August 6, 2012 at 10:18 pm

GLAD to see Kyra Sedgwick go!! Wish the other two women would go, too. Kyra has the WORST Atlanta/Southern accent EVER (this from a native of Atlanta), and who says she such a good actress???? She just jumps in and orders everyone around, acting like she’s entitled and indignant when questioned. In short, goodbye to The Closer, good riddance Kyra. Hope the spin-off will be better. The guys are hilarious and make the show!

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Mike August 7, 2012 at 7:52 am

I loved the Closer and all the entire cast. I will miss Kara and Reynolds. The show could not go on without them. I did not like the last show where several of the cast were cruel to Reynolds.
‘Great TV series of all times”

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Charlice Brown August 6, 2012 at 8:57 pm

I can not wait until Monday come and I can watch the Closer. I have watched all the reruns over and over. I love Brenda. I do not know what I will do when the show is no longer on the air. I will miss it so very much. Best show there has been for a long time. Nothing will never be able to compare with it. I am sad it is ending

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pat August 4, 2012 at 6:04 pm

I will miss the show and all of the cast , I hope maybe sometime down the road , That the closer will return, and again we can hear THANK YOU !!!! AS ONLY KYRA SEDGEWICK COULD SAY IT

THANKS

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Stephanie July 30, 2012 at 2:05 pm

I have watched all the closer shows & I am going to miss them!! Every time a show comes out I really like it ends up cancelled. I don’t plan on watching this new series of major crimes . It won’t do anything for me after The Closer! Sorry to see it go.
Steph

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Donald Price July 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm

I have enjoyed “The Closer” and hate to see it go. For some reason DirecTV is not showing the finald episodes. What is the reason for this and how can I get the final episodes.
Sincerely
Donald Price

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linda July 24, 2012 at 12:16 am

i was looking for an answer on kyra sedgewick decision to call it quits on the closer….anyone know?

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admin July 24, 2012 at 3:25 am

linda » Basically, after eight years, she wants to do something else.

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toni July 21, 2012 at 5:20 am

cannot believe this is ending, have watched it from season one and will miss it so much, look forward to it every week ,

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linda July 17, 2012 at 2:34 pm

i have watched the closer since it began,it has been a well written and well acted show and i will miss it.thank you for such good programming

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Dani July 17, 2012 at 9:50 am

I have watched The Closer since day 1, I too wish you would change your mind, but after watching last night episode and seeing the annoucement of the new Major Crimes I know it won’t be, thank you for the great episodes to you and the cast of The Closer, you were great!

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