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The Closer: TNT Series May Continue without Kyra Sedgwick

The CloserFans of the very popular Kyra Sedgwick series, The Closer, were understandably upset to hear that the series will be coming to an end after its seventh season. Reportedly, Sedgwick made the decision to end the show rather than it being cancelled. As the highest-rated show on cable, TNT doesn’t like the idea of losing the program any more than the fans do.

Now, there’s word that TNT is working on finding a way for the show to live on, or at least for it to last a little longer. Deadline has reported that the cable channel is currently looking at a couple of different scenarios. One would extend the series by another six episodes but that would apparently require some renegotiating with Sedgwick.

TNT is also looking at the possibility of ordering nine episodes of a new series that would focus more on other characters from The Closer. The spotlight could shift to a previously supporting character, like possibly Captain Sharon Raydor (Mary McDonnell) and still take place in the same setting. Or, the new show could feature some of the same characters in a new setting (hopefully a better one than say the Hill Street Blues spin-off, Beverly Hills Buntz).

If the cable channel orders both six more episodes with Sedgwick and nine episodes of a spin-off, that could give TNT a whole new season. In a similar vein to what NBC’s doing with Steve Carrell’s departure from The Office, Sedgwick would star in the first part of the season and that would transition into the series or a spin-off continuing without her. Many ideas are still being explored obviously so its unclear if a new show would still be called The Closer or if it would be given a new title.

What do you think? Would you like to see The Closer continue, even if its without Sedgwick’s Brenda Johnson character? Who would you want to see in a spin-off?

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Gina January 26, 2011 at 2:42 pm

It’s like Kyra has gotten a big head over the success of this show. She looks less like Brenda Sue and more like Kyra each season. Brenda is the star of the show, not Kyra, with her designer clothes and hair by Shirley Temple. I’d just like to see Brenda be Brenda.


Toastie January 26, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Kyra is intelligent enough to realize it is difficult for any show to maintain it’s freshness over an extended period and viewers will tire of same-old, same-old scripts with basically the worn-out themes of the past. HOWEVER, Kyra has given such dimension to this series plus she has an absolutely golden support cast, viewers will stick with this series for easily another couple of seasons. Two facts in evidence..Sedgewick IS Closer
and the show will not survive a season without her. And, Kyra is identified forever as
this very intelligent southerner. Unfortunately, the chances that she can move on to other great series successes are not encouraging. Kyra Sedgwick, Negotiate a nice wage increase and stick around.


Grandizer January 26, 2011 at 2:18 pm

Bring in Holly Hunter to replace her.
That was the wrong show to cancel…
Don’t get me wrong, I love the Closer, but if she wants to leave, her staying longer past when she wishes to leave will NOT help the show.

Bring in someone to replace her.


MOM January 26, 2011 at 11:09 am

It would be very hard to replace her and she diffently brings alot to the table and don’t know if it would be the same withiut her


georgia baker January 26, 2011 at 6:50 am

I LOVE this show and Kyra and all the cast-please please please let it continue WITH HER-PLEASE!!!!!!!!!


scott January 26, 2011 at 4:59 am

I’m not sure if you could do the show without Kyra Sedgewick. For one, she’s great. And everyone is invested in her job and home life, not Pope’s, Sanchez’s, or Provenza and his Viagra.

Secondly, the title of the show refers to Brenda’s ability to “close the case” with her uncanny ability to elicit a confession from the perp. Are they just going to have someone else suddenly inherit her special abilities and become The Closer? It’ll be stupid.


AM January 25, 2011 at 9:16 pm

Courtney Vance and Mary McDonnell portray the primary characters’ nemesis and they obviously do a terrific job since some commenters seem to believe that the actors themselves are bad people and therefore, could not carry a show.

Both actors are terrific and they provide both depth and believable sense of realism to their characters. I believe their characters could be developed and the story line modified to adeptly portray their more kind and likeable sides.

Though Sedgwick will be missed, the show has potential to be great even in her absence. The cast of remaining actors and the writers would continue to do a terrific job. And who knows, maybe Sedgwick can make guest some appearances in the future.


Rob/Deb January 25, 2011 at 9:15 pm

I can’t even imagine The Closer without Kyra! She makes the show what it is. Her quirkiness and flaws are what makes her so relatable. I wish they would think of another way to continue it. Such as, moving it to a different city or change the name or even channel/time slot, something! Anything but cancel it!!


Lori January 25, 2011 at 6:21 pm

The Closer without Kyra is NOT The Closer. Any ideas to continue without her will fail and tarnish what has been an outstanding program. If they want to continue, at the very least, change the name.


Julia January 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm

I would hate to see the show cancelled, I love the show.
I would want Kyra to still be in the show! I do not feel the show would be the same without her no way.
Pay whatever you need to.


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Vanessa January 25, 2011 at 1:00 pm

I’m sick – I love this show & especially Kyra Sedgwick. I would not watch the new show if the spin-off starred or involved Capt. Rader. She drives me nuts. Fritz, Provenza, Flynn, Gerard & Pope – any of those I would watch. Brenda – please don’t leave!!


Wendy January 25, 2011 at 8:57 am

This is a great show. Too bad it may end. Not wild about The Mary M. character. Could lose the Courntey Vance character also.


Rose January 25, 2011 at 8:47 am

I absolutely love this show. I watch the re-runs everyday and look forward to Monday nights!!!! Would cherish the additional full season if it could be worked out. It might be great to see Provenza and Flynn in a spin off…those characters and the situations they get into are pure comedy.


Genise January 25, 2011 at 8:42 am

I would love to see The Closer stay and see Fritz on more; he has much too small of a role, he use to be on more. They have pretty much cut his role to nothing! Why? Also let Capt. Rader have a more in depth part. Brenda (Kyra) could always be promoted and only be seen occasionally but still more or less run the team and have a prominent role. The show could be saved, there is so little on TV now that is not full of sex and nudity and this is a great show and I hate to see it go because one actor wants to retire or quit. I personally would love to see it continue. I sure hope TNT listens to the public and hopefully tries to save a very much worth while show.


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