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The Closer: Reynolds Not Returning for Major Crimes Spin-Off

Corey Reynolds The CloserWhen Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgewick) leaves The Closer, she won’t be the only one saying goodbye. Though many of Sedgewick’s castmates will be returning for the Major Crimes spin-off, Corey Reynolds isn’t one of them.

Deadline reports that Reynolds declined the offer to return as Sgt. David Gabriel and has instead signed a talent holding deal with NBC.

A native of Richmond, Reynolds was primarily known for his work in musical theatre prior to his seven seasons on The Closer. The actor performed in touring productions of Smokey Joe’s Cafe and Saturday Night Fever before originating the role of Seaweed in Hairspray on Broadway. He was nominated for a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award for the role.

On television, he’s guested on procedurals like NCIS, CSI: Miami, Without a Trace, and Simon Baker’s pre-Mentalistshow, The Guardian.

It’s not known if Reynold’s NBC deal will preclude him for making guest appearances on the Closer spin-off. Starring Mary McDonnell, Major Crimes will be set-up in the final episodes of The Closer and has already been picked up for a 10 episode first season. It’s not yet known when TNT will begin airing them.

What do you think? Are you going to watch Major Crimes? Will you miss seeing Reynolds with the rest of the cast?


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Kim July 22, 2012 at 8:39 am

The Closer is one of the best written shows on cable. The cast has excellent chemistry, and actress Kyra MADE the show. I don’t like the idea of the spin off because I don’t like the character Capt Raydor. However, if it is the same writers, maybe they will find a way to make it work. With all of the other horrible shows on air, Major Crimes can’t be any worse than them. So, although I am a Closer Fan, I will at least watch the first few episodes of Major Crimes. Srgnt Gabrielle will be missed as well, because a large part of the success of The Closer was the way the actors/actresses worked so well together.


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Sandra R July 19, 2012 at 12:47 pm

I have watched The Closer from the very 1st show. I still DVR every show. I can’t believe Det. Sgt. David Gabriel, isn’t coming back it makes me sad. Reynolds an the Chief was a great match Reynolds was the one who kept the team in order. I look foward to watching Major Crimes. I also wish The Closer wouldn’t end. Thank You for a wonderful show. Love you Guys.


Nena U July 16, 2012 at 7:52 pm

Det Sgt David Gabriel not moving to Major
Crimes ?? I am devistated. Bad enough
That The Closer is ending.


Sandra July 9, 2012 at 10:44 am

My favorite show of all time and Kyra is my favorite actress. I think Mary McDonald’s character has been misunderstood. So much of the time she was stymied by Pope and could not show her real sympathy for Brenda. Being a Georgia Peach myself, I’ll miss the accent, and, yes, there are some people in Georgia with accents that strong! I loved the story line that emphasized a marriage where the couple could experience problems and still be strong together. We see so little of that these days. God bless you all.
p.s. Does this make David the mole??


Rachael Lynn June 28, 2012 at 6:15 pm

He really added so much to the Closer..just hope we can see lots more of him .What a talent..will give the new show a try/thanks go a great group for REAL entertainment
Break a leg each one in your journey..


jazzie jo June 16, 2012 at 12:32 pm

I will not be watching major crimes, you can’t replace a great tv show like The Closer
and spin offs are another name for copy cats.


melody woodard June 10, 2012 at 5:13 am

I will surely miss is face. I look forward to seeing his handsome face again.


Linda P June 6, 2012 at 2:44 pm

I am looking forward to the spin off as the talented cast will be a welcome show –The relationships developed between the characters are wonderful and I will miss Brenda ya’ll but she was just one part not the whle show!


Darlene June 4, 2012 at 1:06 pm

I have loved this show since day one. The ensemble cast has been perfection. However, I will not watch the spin off. I do not like the character of Raydor and I doubt the series, Major Crimes will last with her at the helm. Being so good at her job, Mary McDonnel has made her a hated character, at least to me.
I will miss all of the cast, especially Sedgewick. However, I can understand why she wants to leave. She lives, part of the year, 3000 miles away from her family and hates that part of her job. Good luck everyone. I wish you all the best.


sandy May 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm

I absolutely love, love this show!! It appeals to all ages and genders. The scripts and story lines are great, the cast and characters are so good!!! I will really miss Brenda, and her family & handsome husband (hope they still appear) but I will watch as Capt Raydor becomes the new “closer” if the rest of the cast stay the same. They have great chemistry. This is a show I never miss and can watch over & over!!! I will definitely watch the spinoff – Major Crimes. I like that it will still be a female lead and Capt Raydor has softened and become much more likeable.


Dee May 27, 2012 at 4:55 am

For some reason I have just got into The Closer and am watching all the shows from the beginning. I absolutely love this show and hate to see it end but was so excited to see Major Crimes beginning in August. The actors all work so well together and I am happy to see that all will be back but wish my favorite, Corey Reynolds, would also have signed on again. I am hoping he does make some guest appearances and wish him the best. He will be missed and hope to see him in some other venue in the future. Mary McDonnell is a great actress and will carry this show on for many seasons to come.


hank May 18, 2012 at 4:41 pm

make a season 8 of the closer instead of a spin off


Diane Rand April 20, 2012 at 1:56 pm

Without Kyra Sedgewick,I don’t think I will watch major crimes especially with Mary Mcdonald.I hate her character on the Closer and it stays with you even if they change her character.I know I wouldn’t want to see her as the main character. I find her very arrogant and how will they now make her in charge with the same other characters and have them work for her.


Cynthia March 8, 2012 at 10:22 am

I will miss the Closer and I will miss seeing Reynolds character on the show he was awesome, His character and the chief had good chemistry. Wherever he moves on to, I know he will do and awesome job. I will be trying to find the new show he will be playing on. He is and awesome Actor. I wish they would keep the show on.


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