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Posted at 4:06 PM ET, 12/10/2010

'The Closer', um, closing -- after next season

By Lisa de Moraes

Do you have a favorite show and wonder how much longer it's going to be around? Check to see if it's about to hit its 100th episode. That's the dangerous age when a show has amassed enough episodes to be a strong player in syndication, etc., and executives at the studio producing the show begin to mutter under their breath about the salaries being paid to the cast.

And yet, one cannot but help.....What's this? TNT has just announced that Kyra Sedgwick, "the Emmy-winning star of 'The Closer'" has made "the difficult decision to conclude the series" at the end of its next season, even though she "cannot fathom how difficult it will be to say goodbye to the incredible family we've created on 'The Closer'" and "will always be grateful to James Duff for his love and friendship as well as for creating such a rich and complex character" with whom she has "loved living with year after year"?

And yet, at the end of this season, scheduled for Jan 3, 2011, the show will only have produced... well, looky here - 88 episodes. And season 7, production of which will start in spring of 2011, is for...sweet suffering soupspoons! -- 15 more episodes! Why, that brings the total to -- 103.

"Kyra blazed a new trail in the television landscape with her performance as Brenda Leigh Johnson," Michael Wright, executive vice president and head of programming for TNT, TBS and Turner Classic Movies intoned sadly Friday in a statement.

"Like her many fans, we will miss her terribly, and we will be forever grateful for the time we got to spend with her," he added.

By Lisa de Moraes  | December 10, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
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Sorry to hear this. It was a great show. Seems lately that the best shows are on the alternate networks. And she is a great actress.

Posted by: johnrf | December 10, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

It saddens me to hear that my favorite show, The Closer, is coming to a close. I never missed an episode. Kyra is such a delightful actress and it is to her that the show owes its success. I hope another network picks up this wonderful show.

Posted by: gb2954 | December 10, 2010 5:30 PM | Report abuse

Love The Closer.
But,Kyra, having received her not stupid. I am sure she has many lucrative offers because of it. Bye-Bye...

Posted by: egraham1 | December 10, 2010 6:21 PM | Report abuse

Good riddance to this sexist tripe. Every man, perp, cop, boss, father or husband is portrayed as a clown or an idiot. Can they find a classier way to pander to a female audience?

Posted by: schaferatsprynet | December 10, 2010 7:10 PM | Report abuse

Hard not to argue with schaferatsprynet. In my experience, many men, whatever their role or title, DO act like clowns or idiots. And think of all the shows where women are portrayed as clumsy, goofy, slutty, or blow-in-my-ear-and-I'll-thank-you-for-the-refill airheads. Besides, it takes a certain talent and a strong sense of one's self-image, to play a character that others might criticize. I say, if you don't like the characterizations of the cast, don't watch the show.

Posted by: sootyft | December 10, 2010 8:38 PM | Report abuse

My favorite show as well. In regards to all males on the show being portrayed as idiots, that's total B.S.
BTW, if Kyra wanted to quit, I think they could have continued the show with most, if not all, of the others, by having her groom a protege to replace her as leader of the group.
It could have been a male or female; another quirky character who the others would have been leery of, just as they were with Brenda, at the start of the show.
Then that character would prove his/her mettle and voila, a junior closer.

Posted by: getjiggly2 | December 10, 2010 10:12 PM | Report abuse

It's already in syndication, so what does that have to do with anything?

Posted by: hlabadie | December 10, 2010 10:26 PM | Report abuse

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