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Mary McDonnell Talks 'The Closer,' 'Major Crimes' and the 'Return' of 'Battlestar Galactica'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Jun 9th 2011 12:45PM
Mary McDonnell has a full agenda these days: The actress has been recurring on 'The Closer' for a couple of seasons, and she'll be a series regular when the TNT drama returns July 11. That job will keep her busy well into next year: The network recently announced that, after Kyra Sedgwick ends her run on 'The Closer' in 2012, McDonnell's Sharon Raydar character will be the lead of a spinoff titled 'Major Crimes.'

Though McDonnell was eager to talk about those new developments in a recent interview, it was actually a past project that prompted the conversation in the first place. McDonnell played Laura Roslin on 'Battlestar Galactica' for four seasons, and when she heard that BBC America was going to start re-airing the entire series starting 10PM ET June 11, she was happy to promote the "return" of the groundbreaking drama.

"I think it's perfect timing," McDonnell said. "'Battlestar' is so rich and relevant that one time through is not enough."

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TNT Announces 'Closer' Spin-off Starring Mary McDonnell, New Programming Slate

by Chris Harnick, posted May 18th 2011 11:00AM
Mary McDonnellMary McDonnell will star in 'Major Crimes,' a new spinoff from TNT's wildly successful police drama 'The Closer.' Can we get a "frak yeah," 'Battlestar Galactica' fans?

'Major Crimes' will launch after 'The Closer' wraps its final season with 15 episodes in 2011 and six during the summer of 2012, the network announced this morning. TNT also introduced several new projects, such as 'The TNT Tuesday Night Mystery' series, at its Upfront presentation.

'The TNT Tuesday Night Mystery' -- a working title -- will showcase six crime dramas, including both true crime and fiction mysteries. As part of the new movie block, TNT is working on an adaptation of Scott Turow's novel 'Innocent,' Richard North Patterson's 'Silent Witness,' Sandra Brown's 'Ricochet,' Lisa Gardner's 'Hide,' 'April Smith's 'Good Morning, Killer' and Mary and Carol Higgins Clark's 'Deck the Halls.'

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Mary McDonnell Joins 'The Closer' Full-Time, Will She Star in the Spinoff?

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 7th 2011 11:15AM
Mary McDonnellFrak yeah! Mary McDonnell has joined the cast of TNT's 'The Closer' as a series regular.

According to TVLine, McDonnell, who has recurred on the long-running TNT drama as Captain Sharon Raydor, will be a full-time cast member when 'The Closer' returns for a final "super-sized" season.

McDonnell, who wormed her way into the hearts of fans as President Laura Roslin on 'Battlestar Galactica,' could headline TNT's 'Closer' spinoff once Kyra Sedgwick leaves the franchise.

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'The Closer' to Continue Without Kyra Sedgwick?

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 24th 2011 7:30AM
'The Closer'Back in December the obits for 'The Closer' were being written after star Kyra Sedgwick announced the end of the series. Now, however, comes news that the farewells may have been premature, and that the drama could be carrying on without her.

'The Closer' is the most-watched basic cable series ever, and according to deadline.com, execs at TNT are unwilling to let their flagship drama go.

One of the scenarios currently being discussed at the cable network is extending the 15-episode (Final) Season 7 to 21 episodes.

However, adding an extra six episodes is contingent on a deal with Sedgwick. Given she's reportedly the one who decided to end the series in the first place, it could be an uphill battle to persuade her to carry on.

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'The Closer' Returns ... With a Sudden, Terrifying Attack (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Dec 7th 2010 10:37AM
'The Closer' Returns ... With a Sudden, Terrifying AttackBefore you can start to recover, you'll have to survive your darkest hour. This is the first lesson of recovery, and this is the lesson on 'The Closer' (Mon., 9PM ET on TNT). As the series resumes its sixth season, a random and terrifying attack takes place. At the beginning of the show, a middle-aged man attends an Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, where he studies the twelve-step method of surviving addiction. The man has been sober for over a decade -- now, he only sips on cranberry juice and soda.

While he's at the meeting, a younger man approaches him -- the boy is troubled, suffering from addiction, in search of help. The two men talk, then they part, and the older man walks back to his car. Which is when ...

... Which is when he is attacked by a stranger with a knife. It all happens so fast.

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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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Best TV of the '00s: Dramatic Actress

by Allison Waldman, posted Jan 1st 2010 11:02AM
allison_janney_west_wingMore of our best of the decade coverage, which started on Tuesday. You can read the other posts at the link above. Here, we talk about the best dramatic actresses of the decade.

Television has always been good to the ladies. Actresses have flourished in dramatic series, and in the past decade, we've seen some amazing performances. There have been lawyers, cops, a U.S. president, nurses, doctors, judges, mothers, daughters and even a real housewife from New Jersey whose husband was in the waste disposal business.

Many of these women have already been honored with Emmys and Golden Globes... and now they get the recognition of TV Squad.

Here, then, without further vamping, the best dramatic actresses of the past ten years:

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Review: The Closer - Dead Man's Hand (season finale)

by Allison Waldman, posted Dec 22nd 2009 2:19AM
I can't believe we're already at the end of the season for The Closer. Alas, it's true. Until next summer, this is it for Brenda and Fritz and the Major Crime Unit. Fortunately, they saved a good one for the finale. Has Brenda been so hip-deep in work that she's neglected the important things in life? That seemed to be one of the concerns, as well as the fun of dealing with someone who -- at best -- is a thorn in Chief Johnson's side. For all that and more, jump to the next page and tell Joel the cat he's not allowed on the table.

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'BSG' Alum Michael Trucco Embraces the Law in New USA Pilot 'Facing Kate'

by Michael D. Ayers, posted Nov 9th 2009 2:21PM
Michael Trucco's days of galaxy drifting are definitely over. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the 'Battlestar Galactica' alum has signed on for USA's 'Facing Kate,' a pilot that follows a lawyer named Kate (Sarah Shahi) who leaves her job for a new career as a mediator.

Trucco will play Kate's ex-husband, who also happens to be a lawyer. The show's premise stems on the death of Kate's dad, another lawyer, which sends her into a need for a new career of sorts.

Also signed on is Virginia Williams ('How I Met Your Mother') as an obsessive stepmother.

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The Closer: Strike Three

by Allison Waldman, posted Jul 21st 2009 8:35AM
McDonnell_Sedgwick_The_Closer(S05E07) She's back. Clearly, the producers of The Closer decided that Brenda needed an antagonist. Mary McDonnell has fit the bill. So far I think they've made her character a bit one-note, but I'm willing to see how she evolves over time. Or maybe it's just that I like Mary McDonnell.

Anyway, like internal affairs officers in most cop dramas, McDonnell's character, Captain Sharon Raydor of Force Investigation Division, seems to be anti-cop/pro-victim. Harry Callahan would hate her. She was better in this than her previous episode, but not by much.

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On behalf of Battlestar Galactica, you suck, Emmy!

by Jason Hughes, posted Jul 17th 2009 10:02AM
Battlestar Galactica's Mary McDonnell and Edward James OlmosEvery year I foolishly get excited that maybe this year the Emmys will reach out and nominate something different. But then it's the same old nominees from the previous year. Even if a show has an off year, Emmy just goes ahead and nominates it again.

Of last year's six nominees for Drama Series, only one didn't make the cut this year. Lead Actor kept five of their six nominees as well, and Lead Actress kept all five nominees from last year. That's fifteen of 17 repeat contenders from last year in three categories. If Emmy hadn't added a slot each to Series and Actress it might have been a virtual rerun.

With all those repeats, there's no room to honor the final season of Battlestar Galactica. Maybe Emmy voters look at the shows they picked last year and say "That's still on, right? Let's go with that." And they're done picking their nominees in less than ten minutes.

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The Closer: Red Tape

by Allison Waldman, posted Jun 23rd 2009 10:45AM
If you were Kyra Sedgwick and you were asked to choose an episode of The Closer for Emmy consideration, this would be a strong candidate. For one thing, Ms. Sedgwick was given a really strong adversary, another likely Outstanding Actress in a Drama Series, Battlestar Galactica's Mary McDonnell. As Captain Sharon Raydor, Force Investigation Division, McDonnell made an immediate impression.

Oh, baby, did she ever! She took over investigating the crime scene, forcing out Major Crimes. Then Brenda met Sharon and the sparks flew. Under different circumstances, these women might have been good friends. Both are forces to be reckoned with, no-nonsense types. Under these circumstances, however, they were oil and water. More on the specifics of the case after the jump.

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Battlestar Galactica: Daybreak, Part 2 (series finale)

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 21st 2009 12:19AM
Battlestar Galactica(S04E20) "Frakkity, frak. Don't talk back." (Apologies to Lieber and Stoller)

After four years of some of the best and most adult sci-fi in the history of television, Battlestar Galactica draws to a close with a bang and then a whimper, with an overall satisfying ending that was as morally complex as any episode in the series.

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Battlestar Galactica is going to the U.N.

by Brad Trechak, posted Mar 14th 2009 11:26AM
Battlestar GalacticaI'm not sure whether to laugh or cry. A panel discussion is being held on March 17th at the United Nations in New York about Battlestar Galactica and the themes the show covers, including "human rights, children and armed conflict, terrorism, human rights and reconciliation and dialogue among civilizations and faith". Among the panelists are Edward James Olmos, Mary McDonnell, Ron Moore and Dick Eick.

This concept does seem a little trivial given the magnitude of the problems in the world today. However, government representatives in the U.N. are still people and if either they're BSG fans or feel a discussion of the issues would be relevant to their work today, more power to them. Mind you, they could have just attended Comic Con and gone to similar panels. I'm still not sure how to react to this.

Wait a minute. The moderator of the panel is Whoopi Goldberg. I've decided to laugh.

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