The Closer is an American television police drama series. The show, which focuses upon the character of Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick), is shown on TNT (Turner Network Television). Since its inception, the show has chronicled the cases of Johnson, who comes from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases (Priority Homicide Division). At the end of summer season 4, the squad was retasked to handle a range of crimes including fraud and kidnapping, and renamed the Major Crimes Division.
The Closer was created by James Duff and the Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Bros. Television. The 15-episode fourth season premiered July 14, 2008, and unlike previous seasons, will run in two parts, with a ten-week summer season and a five-week winter season, to begin in January, 2009.
The main cast is led by Kyra Sedgwick as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, and consists largely of an ensemble of detectives who make up the Major Crimes Division1. Other main characters include Johnson's superior officer, Assistant Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons), Robbery-Homicide Commander Russell Taylor (Robert Gossett) and her FBI Agent fiancé Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney).
Main cast, in credits order is as follows, as of the beginning of Season 4.
|Kyra Sedgwick||Brenda Leigh Johnson||Deputy Chief||Major Crimes Division1|
|J. K. Simmons||Will Pope||Assistant Chief||Los Angeles Police Department|
|Corey Reynolds||David Gabriel||Detective Sergeant||Major Crimes Division|
|Robert Gossett||Russell Taylor||Commander||Robbery-Homicide Division|
|G. W. Bailey||Provenza||Detective Lieutenant||Major Crimes Division|
|Tony Denison||Andy Flynn||Detective Lieutenant||Major Crimes Division|
|Michael Paul Chan||Michael Tao||Detective Lieutenant||Major Crimes Division|
|Raymond Cruz||Julio Sanchez||Detective||Major Crimes Division|
|Gina Ravera||Irene Daniels||Detective||Major Crimes Division|
|Phillip P. Keene||Buzz Watson||Civilian Surveillance Coordinator||Major Crimes Division|
|Jon Tenney||Fritz Howard||Special Agent||Federal Bureau of Investigation|
|Season||Season Premiere||Season Finale|
|Date|| Viewers |
|Date|| Viewers |
|1||June 13, 2005||7.03||5.26||September 5, 2005||6.39||4.61|
|2||June 12, 2006||8.28||6.04||September 4, 2006||7.60||5.45|
|3||June 18, 2007||8.81||6.38||September 10, 2007||9.21||6.84|
|4||July 14, 2008||7.81||5.91||September 15, 20081||7.63|
As of the end of Season Three, The Closer is ad-supported cable's most-viewed scripted series of all time, ending the season with a Live + Same Day audience of 9.21 million viewers in 6.84 million households. The third season finale holds the record for the largest Live + 7 Day audience for a single episode of an ad-supported cable series with 9.55 million viewers in 6.88 million households. Live + 7 Day (DVR) data for the season reflects 30 - 40% audience growth in three key age-based demographic groups. Season Four's premiere slipped slightly from the Season Three opening, with Live + Same Day ratings showing a 3% decline in audience from the previous year's opener.
|Season||Episodes||Original Airdate||DVD Release Date|
|1||13||Summer, 2005||May 23, 2006|
|2||15||Summer/December, 2006||May 29, 2007|
|3||15||Summer/December, 2007||July 1, 2008|
|4||15||Summer/January, 2008||TBA, 2009|