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Mary McDonnell Is Coming Back to 'The Closer'

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 28th 2010 1:00PM
the_closer_tnt_kyra_sedgwickThere was a great scene in 'The Closer' in the season finale last December, in which Mary McDonnell made a guest appearance as Captain Sharon Raydor. It was all about how much their two characters disliked each other.

From the TV Squad review, we wrote: "They may be on the same LAPD, but they are not sisters in blue. Pope would be wise not to keep throwing them together, although Commander Taylor and Johnson eventually worked out their differences and now are best buddies. Still, the scene with Mary McDonnell and Kyra Sedgwick explaining how they dislike each other was very good."

Well, Mary and Kyra will get a chance to rekindle that antipathy. In the upcoming season, Mary McDonnell is coming back to 'The Closer,'

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TV Casting: Mary McDonnell Planning 'Closer' Comeback

by Andrew Scott, posted Mar 26th 2010 1:16PM
Mary McDonnell'Battlestar Galactica' alum Mary McDonnell is headed back to 'The Closer.' According to reports, the Oscar-nominated actress will guest "in a minimum of five episodes" in season 6 (premiering this July), reprising her role as Captain Sharon Raydor. No word yet on when her first episode will air. [Ausiello Files]

More casting news after the jump.

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Jason Lee, Angie Harmon Pilots Picked Up by TNT

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Jan 22nd 2010 11:30AM
If you can't choose one, why not choose them all?

That's exactly what TNT did yesterday with the pickup of three new pilots: 'Delta Blues,' 'Rizzoli and Isles' and the still-untitled alien-invasion series from producer Steven Spielberg. Each show received 10-episode orders, according to the Hollywood Reporter.

'Delta Blues,' from producer George Clooney, stars Jason Lee as a Memphis cop who moonlights as a musician and still lives at home with his mother. The Boston-set 'Rizzoli,' based on a series of mystery novels by Tess Gerritsen, stars Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander as detectives, with Lorraine Bracco playing Harmon's tough, but loyal mother.

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What to Watch: December 21

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 21st 2009 6:00AM
'The Closer' (9PM, TNT) season 5 finale
Brenda's (recent Golden Globe and SAG Award nominee Kyra Sedgwick) life gets particularly complicated as the show closes out its fifth season. The return of Capt. Raydor (guest star Mary McDonnell) brings a tricky case to Brenda: A female police officer is a suspect when she denies that her husband was abusing her, even after he's shot by another cop answering a domestic disturbance call. Meanwhile, on the homefront, Fritz is running out of patience with the fact that Brenda's job always seems to take priority over him.

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Review: The Closer - Make Over

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 15th 2009 9:29AM
the_closer_brenda_cookie(S05E14) "Hello, Beau Bridges? Yes, this is The Closer calling. Would you like an Emmy nomination? You would... Okay, we're sending you the script now."

Perhaps it didn't happen exactly that way, but here was a show in which a gifted actor was presented a wonderful opportunity and he rose to the occasion. The Closer is one of those procedurals that has a deft touch with the comic episodes. Oh yeah, there are occasions when it gets a little bizarre -- and this episode might have gone there but it didn't. Instead, we had a terrific twist in more ways than one.

We also got to see how adorable Kyra Sedgwick looks in a hot pink ski parka. For more on the wardrobe and the old folks getting killed by the faux nurse, read on.

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Beau Bridges on His Guest Role as a Transsexual Cop on 'The Closer'

by Leonard Jacobs, posted Dec 11th 2009 5:50PM
Beau Bridges' upcoming guest spot on 'The Closer,' airing Mon., Dec. 14, 9PM on TNT, will fascinate fans of the longtime actor. He plays Det. George Andrews, former partner of G.W. Bailey's crusty and hard-edged Lt. Provenza. About a decade has gone by since they last saw each other and much has changed -- including Det. Andrews' sex change.

The context for the episode involves the Major Crimes Unit reopening an old case in which Det. Andrews figured in prominently. That means Provenza isn't just dealing with Andrews' news but doing so publicly -- to the delight, maybe, of Kyra Sedgwick's Brenda, who is only too happy to forget her own low-simmer turmoil with Jon Tenney's Fritz.

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Review: The Closer - The Life (winter premiere)

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 8th 2009 8:32AM
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(S05E13) "What does L.A. have in store for us today?" -- Brenda

Major crimes was back on the job with a case that was gruesome and grim at the same time. How Brenda managed to face the morning crime scene without blanching is proof that she's as tough as nails beneath that smiling, sweet Southern facade. Brenda needed to be when dealing with a triple homicide, gang rape and possible gang war. Welcome to L.A. More on the case and the kitty situation, after the jump.

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Mr. Monk and the series ending ratings record

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 7th 2009 10:28AM
monk_natalie_usaTelevision history will show that when USA's obsessive-compulsive detective series Monk ended its eight-season, it went out in a dramatic way. I won't tell you what happened on screen in case it's still in your DVR and you haven't watched it yet. But off screen, Mr. Monk had a happy ending.

The final episode of Monk was seen by approximately 9.4 million total viewers, nearly a third in the all-important 18-49 adult demographic. Obviously, a lot of people cared about how Adrian Monk would say goodbye.

The ratings were not only impressive, there were legendary. The largest number of viewers and demo of any drama series ever on cable. It surpassed TNT's The Closer.

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What to Watch: December 7

by Kim Potts, posted Dec 7th 2009 5:59AM
'Men of a Certain Age' (10PM, TNT) series premiere
While a chick flick-ish take on middle-aged men might not sound so appealing, 'Men' does feature a likable cast: Ray Romano, Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher are pals Joe, Terry and Owen, friends since college who are now bonding over their mid-life crises. Nice guy party store owner Joe finds himself suddenly single and ready to mingle after a divorce, while struggling actor Terry is tiring of his lackluster career and much younger girlfriend, and Owen is a family man who's stressed out by working for his father's car dealership.

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Getting set for Big Love's return with a new promo video

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 27th 2009 11:03AM
big_love_bill_wives_hboYou want to talk about holiday cheer and gifts that keep on giving, take a look at what we have to expect from TV starting in January. For instance, Big Love is coming back to HBO on January 10.

But that's not all. Leverage announced a return date this week, and there's also Burn Notice and The Closer, NBC has Chuck. And Breaking Bad is returning to AMC in March.

How great is all that TV – and I haven't even mentioned Lost or 24! Advice to all television fans; if you don't already have the best equipment in your TV room, if you're hankering for HD or have been worried about your DVR, upgrade your stuff now – ask Santa Claus for what you want – and get ready for the new year bounty.

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What Allison is thankful for

by Allison Waldman, posted Nov 22nd 2009 4:03PM
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Thanksgiving is coming and for many of us it's time to eat, drink and watch football. It's also a time to reflect on the things you're grateful for and since TV Squad is all about television, here's what I'm grateful for this holiday season, with regard to the tube.

Mad Men season finale
There was really nothing as satisfying in the entire year for me. Matt Weiner promised a game-changing episode and he delivered it with a whopper of a wrap up. Actually, nothing was really wrapped; it was more like the cards have been dealt and we're still waiting to see how the hands are played.

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Our Favorite TV Bosses

by AOL TV Staff, posted Oct 16th 2009 7:01PM
Michael Scott The OfficeDon't you wish your boss were more like the bosses on TV? You know, wise, kind, smart, respectful ... oh, actually, never mind. TV bosses may not always be the best managers around, but at least they're entertaining. In honor of Boss' Day, here are 13 bosses who liven up the TV workplace, for better or (very often) for worse.

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TV just had its most-watched summer ever while the big four struggled

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 27th 2009 9:02AM
Royal PainsWhat an interesting summer for television. In general, the claim that television viewing reached an all-time high this summer doesn't really surprise me. After all, we're in what the media tells us is the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression. That means more people out of work and less money for everybody.

People out of work and unable to find work are going to be bored, so they're going to watch television. People with less money are going to stay home more often, so they're going to watch television. That part makes sense to me. The part that is a little surprising, but only a little, is that all of that record viewing went to the cable networks and not the big four.

There was not a single break-out summer success story on ABC, CBS, NBC or FOX. Every single show they put on the air either crashed and burned, or barely stayed afloat. But the story is so very different on cable. Week after week we got new stories about original series breaking records on almost every network.

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Eight of TV's toughest interrogators

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 26th 2009 10:00AM
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The fine art of interrogation may seem lost thanks to suspects lawyering up and the Miranda warning. Whatever happened to the days when a snarling cop could throw a perp against a brick wall to get him to squeal? Or a sly questioner could finagle a confession by laying on a guilt trip? Still, there are some very clever, brilliant interrogators plying their trade on these days. In fact, when you look at these eight interrogators, you'll probably agree that they know just how to get to the truth. Here are the eight top interrogators on TV today:

8. Captain James Brass, CSI
Brass is the most "old school" of all these interrogators. He's like Andy Sipowicz from NYPD Blue, only without the violence. Brass talks to suspects with a modicum of respect, but a healthy cynicism. He's seen it all and knows the truth is in there somewhere. He asks questions and waits for them to trip themselves up. When they do, he has them write it down. Despite the laconic attitude, Brass has the brass to get the job done.

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The Closer: Waivers of Extradition (summer season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted Aug 25th 2009 1:34AM
Brenda_TNT_The_Closer(S05E12) Kind of like the summer season finale for Burn Notice, it seemed like they saved the best for last with The Closer. There was an interesting case, a colorful new character to go nose to nose with Brenda, and an up tick in the action, including a chase that was top notch. Kudos to Kevin Bacon who directed the episode and brought it all together.

For a time, it looked like Brenda and Major Crimes were on the trail of a ninja. No, not a real ninja, but a guy dressed all in black who kind of looked like a ninja. He used a blade, albeit a knife, and he was a stone cold killer who showed no mercy and seemed to take pleasure in the kill.

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