Posted: 05/25/2009


The Closer Season Premiere On TNT

by Laura Tucker

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The further and further entertainment evolves, the more I’m drawn to the findings on cable, especially the weekly series. It seems I’m watching less and less network and more and more cable, especially when it comes to one hour dramas. What I like about these is that they have an interesting way of presenting storyline, drama, and comedy. The problem is, I never think to look there for something to watch until it practically slaps me in the face. Presented with a preview copy of the season premiere of The Closer, I found a show I automatically added to my DVR list.

You can imagine the list of shows and movies I have on my DVR, enough so that I can’t even imagine living without a DVR anymore. The Closer will begin its fifth season on TNT on June 8, though for some reason I’ve never been driven to turn it on before. Having watched this preview copy of the season premiere, I’ve turned into a fan. This is yet another cable show that manages to combine it all.

Kyra Sedgwick stars as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, who was brought to the LAPD homicide unit by way of Atlanta because of her expertise for “closing” a case. She’s an expert at getting suspects to confess. In this particular episode I previewed, Brenda is investigating the quadruple homicide of a mother, grandmother, and two children, with the father being the prime suspect.

Brenda seems to be at little impatient at times, yet she does manage to see it through the catch the killer in a confessional. Like many detective series, the case takes some interesting twists and turns in the midst of Brenda finally getting that confession. At times her coworkers seem to be a bit bumbling. My only irritant in watching this, and it’s a small one, is Sedgwick’s fake Southern accent, although in all other aspects, it’s easy to see how she won a Golden Globe for her portrayal of this character.

At the end of last season, Brenda was married to her longtime beau, FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney). They try to keep their professional and personal lives separate, but they continually cross paths, so it makes it a little difficult. This coming season, Brenda is supposed to lose someone very dear to her, and from watching this preview, it seems we already know who she’ll lose. She becomes quite lost at the thought of it. While she’s so in control at work, she isn’t in other areas of her life.

Other changes for this season include resolutions between her co-workers, and another squad member falling in love. One of Brenda’s detectives will be forced to take a second job, because of the state of the economy. The other cases they will tackle will include the possible kidnapping of a corrupt financier, the killing of a security guard at a gang rehabilitation center, and the shooting death of a white supremacist.

The Closer will air on Mondays on TNT starting June 8, and is committed to a fifteen episode season. I think I’ll be watching the other fourteen of these episodes as well, as I ignore the offerings on network TV more and more.

Laura Tucker is a freelance writer providing reviews of movies and television, among other things, at Viewpoints and Reality Shack, and operates a TV blog, What’s Hot On TV. She is also an Associate Instructor and 1st dan black belt in tae kwon do with South Elgin Martial Arts.

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