'The Closer', um, closing -- after next season
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.
Lisa de Moraes
| December 10, 2010; 4:06 PM ET
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