Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick,Personal Velocity) isn't about making friends, she's about getting results. Days after her transfer from Atlanta, the LAPD's Priority Homicide Division decides they can't work with the blunt-talking Southern belle. Fortunately, she has former CIA colleague, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons,Spider-Man), on her side. As he explains to Captain Taylor (Robert Gossett), who she has just replaced, "She is not miss congeniality...but she's a closer." Set to the sound of urban blues, TNT'sThe CloserisColumboby way ofPrime Suspect. In other words, Johnson may be as messy as Oscar Madison, but she's as sharp as Sherlock Holmes. Throughout the first season, she'll solve 13 murders, including those of a reclusive mathematician, a Russian prostitute, and a British butler. She won't get much support from her colleagues, except for Sergeant David Gabriel (Corey Reynolds, BroadwaysHairspray)--to the consternation of his co-workers, like Detective Lieutenants Provenza (G.W. Bailey,M*A*S*H) and Flynn (Tony Denison,Melrose Place). Johnson also has a friend in FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney,You Can Count on Me). With his help, she'll eventually settle into her new environment, especially when she lands a house and a cat on the same day (conveniently left behind by a victim). Just as it takes awhile for the chief to grow on her squad--and to get used to driving in LA--Sedgwick's Golden Globe-nominated performance follows a similar trajectory. Fortunately, "Scarlett O'Hara," as the droll Provenza dubs her, becomes more fully-rounded as the season progresses, aided by a superb SAG Award-nominated ensemble cast. Consulting producer onThe Closeris former LA District Attorney Gil Garcetti of O.J. infamy.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
The Closer Season One I was so interested in seeing the few shows I missed until I had discovered this show. It is a great tv cop drama."The Closer" really closes the deal! Admittedly, I am not someone who likes to watch television shows. The Closer is the first television show in a few years that has truly been FRESH! It is well cast, well written, well directed and well produced! And it absolutely is a pleasure to watch! The characters are believable and realistic without being an evening soap opera.
"Thanks so much!"Helen's Review This is a well-acted investigative show, with just the right amnount of good guys and bad guys. The ending is never obvious. In my opinion the shows just get better and better as the season progresses.