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I watched the marathon this weekend too and enjoyed it. There were a few episodes that I had missed.

I thought one of her best comebacks was when the Captain said to her "We don't play ball like that around here" to which she replied, " Well if you don't like the way I do things, you're perfectly welcome to take your balls and go home". This may not be verbatim but close. She doesn't have any trouble standing up for herself. :D

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Jon Tenney Hails Closer's Big Opener

by Matt Webb Mitovich

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Jon Tenney, The Closer

TNT's The Closer (Mondays at 9 pm/ET) is the hottest show on cable right now, and it has the numbers to prove it. On the day that the Season 2 premiere's record ratings came in, TVGuide.com got on the phone with Jon Tenney, who plays FBI agent Fritz Howard, beau to Kyra Sedgwick's crafty, if curt, police chief.

TVGuide.com: So you're a star of TV's most-watched

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Yeah he is really moving in.....he takes two days off, and she has to go to work. Typical Brenda work comes first. Actually nice to see the guy get left standing there going, "Huh?".

Brenda had a quick come back to Mom for the baseball "art" and loved Moms not taking a pic of it. Mom and Provenza looked so cute together, same size, same hair color..."just remember, she's married. To my Dad." Loved that line.

Now the question is: Will Fritzy move (back) in or not? What a hero for living out of the U-Haul!

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Closer

June 19, 2006: Mother's Day

Here it is, Week 2 of my watching TNT's exceptional The Closer, and thus far I am 1-for-2 in guessing the killer. Last week, the "on leave" police officer sneaked up on me, especially since he was monitoring the interrogation to "help." This week, though, I spotted the guilty party early on, if only because you don't cast K Callan, aka Superman's own momma, if you're not going to give her something to do.

On the topic of guest stars, how perfect is Frances Sternhagen as the woman who brought Brenda Leigh into this world? Sternhagen is always a delight in whatever role she fills, be it Trey's whiter-than-Wonder-Bread mom, Bunny, on Sex and the City; or the sheriff's wife in Kathy Bates' Misery. Snapping photos all over Brenda's house, allowing herself to be squired around the station by Provenza (G.W. Bailey, almost making us forget the 1980s Police Academy assault), sitting jaw agape as her daughter closed another one... all great moments. And she even says "Thank you" the same way!

I understand that a lot of you charter Closer fans are "shippers" supporting either Brenda/Fritz or Brenda/Pope. (Feel free to edumacate me on any nicknames for either.) This week was rather Pope-lite, but I still get the sense that there is major unfinished business between him and the lady chief, and that the show has every intention of delving in to it. At some point. Is that the roadblock Jon Tenney (Fritz) teased about in my Insider Q&A with him? (I suspect it's something more unexpected ahead.)

Me, I don't know which camp I fall into yet. Aside from The Office's Jim/Pam, I'm not particularly vulnerable to shipping, and so far I am enjoying The Closer for Kyra Sedgwick, for the crime-solving, the interdepartmental banter, Kyra Sedgwick again, and the brazen, stolen moments with...

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June 26, 2006: Gang, Gang, You're Dead

In my next life, I shall be a detective. I love crime-solving - and thus shows about crime-solving - that much. I like seeing pieces put together, clues assembled and theories arrived at. I don't subscribe to each and every CSI or Law & Order, but TNT's The Closer is more than fitting the bill this summer.

Being a first-year viewer of the series, I want to single out squad member Tao as being my early favorite of the bunch. He's eager to help, never dismissive and always turns up something interesting about the latest case Brenda Leigh is working to crack. I also enjoy it when he rebuilds the crime scene/turn of events.

This week's Lightbulb Moment, as I will now call it, came for me very late into the hour. Yep, they led me down the hate-crime, revenge-killing and "Let's get the do-gooder African-American businessman" roads most ably. But the Lightbulb Moment finally arrived when they spent 1/100 of a second more than they should have on Brenda Leigh's valet parking claim ticket. As soon as her mom made a to-do about the ticket, I knew we had found our missing piece, our "aha" moment. Up until that instant, I was thinking the dad had shot at the 81ers for, like, fighting the good work his company was doing in the wants-to-stay-bad part of town.

Lastly, a tip of the hat to Brenda Leigh's mama for not showing her hand the second she deduced that Fritz was living with her girl. The deductive smarts had to come from somewhere, after all! Now we'll just bide our time until Daddy is guest-cast and they can do the dance again.

Posted by: Matt Mitovich 06/27/2006 10:21 AM

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TNT Keeps 'Closer' on the Case

Top-rated series earns a third season

June 30 2006

Kyra Sedgwick is LAPD Deputy Chief Brenda Johnson on 'The Closer'

A record-setting season premiere and strong follow-up audiences have ensured "The Closer" won't be closing down anytime soon.

TNT has renewed its highly rated series for a third season, which will debut in the summer of 2007. The renewal comes only three weeks into "The Closer's" third season, but the early returns are pretty hard to ignore.

The series' second-season premiere drew 8.3 million viewers, a record for a scripted series on basic cable. Last week's episode didn't quite reach those heights, but it still drew a very strong 6.1 million viewers. (Figures for Monday's episode weren't available.

"This show has been everything we hoped for and more," says Michael Wright, head of original programming for TNT and TBS. "With Kyra [sedgwick] leading the way, a pitch-perfect cast around her and brilliant directors and producers working with fantastic scripts every week, 'The Closer' has proven it is one of the most entertaining shows on television. We are extremely proud to renew it and look forward to another fantastic year working with everyone involved."

"The Closer" centers on Sedgwick's Brenda Johnson, a deputy chief in the LAPD who specializes in interrogations and extracting confessions from suspects. She earned a Golden Globe nomination for the role earlier this year and is considered a contender for an Emmy nod next week.

The show also stars Jon Tenney, J.K. Simmons, G.W. Bailey, Corey Reynolds, Robert Gossett, Michael Paul Chan, Tony Denison, Gina Ravera and Raymond Cruz.

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

July 3, 2006: Zagatcha!

Happy 40th birthday to The Closer's Brenda Leigh! Alas, the chief had to scrap her "celebratory" dinner plans with Fritz to suss out the slayer of a lady restaurateur. Among the suspects: the volatile hubby-chef; the smarmy investor with a history of beating up on women; the eatery owner whom she betrayed; and the restaurant critic/Paul Giamatti wannabe. Did I mention that the deceased bedded all of the above?

And did I mention Brenda Leigh had to crack this case from behind an overgrown, 4-foot-tall flower arrangement?

This episode "cooked up" not just a lot of bad restaurant puns

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I enjoyed this epi so much. I laughed sooooo hard.

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Closer

July 10, 2006: No Runs, No Hits, One Big Error

Now that is a decision I hope I never have to make: to promptly and properly report a dead body found in my carport, or make use of a pair of luxury-box tickets to a big baseball game. Here on the East Coast, Yankees-Red Sox would definitely trump tending to a corpse. What was terrific about this episode of TNT's The Closer

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

July 17, 2006: Not a Pretty Picture

A dead paparazzo. A deep-in-the-closet A-list actor. A high-powered attorney. A weaselly stalker. And, for good measure, a low-rent Arnold Schwarzenegger for a bodyguard. This week's The Closer made an entertaining bid for a "ripped from the headlines" case, but my own stance on such things is that the network lawyer-mandated fudging of names

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

July 24, 2006: Matters of Death and Life

How clever is TNT's The Closer to juxtapose two such extremely opposite outcomes of the same (at least in principle) sexual act: Brenda's pregnancy scare (and yes, look at her face, it was a scare) and the multiple lives put at risk by a male porn star "doing his thing" while, unbeknownst to him, having HIV.

As for this episode's plot line involving the viewer discretion advisory-earning decapitation of aformentioned porn star, I have a big confession to make. I couldn't quite follow it. But I'll take a poke at it: The lady porn empress was paying the lab guy's boyfriend to take HIV tests for her stable's stud, Chris Mundy (bad porn name, by the way), then at some point learned Chris was HIV-positive, but kept it a secret? Then when Chris found out, he attacked the empress' skin-flick-director son, who killed Mr. Insta-Wood in self defense?

What I don't get is this: How did the lady studio owner know Chris was positive? Was he submitting blood samples as well? If so, why? Did he not know about the test-taker on the side? See why my head is spinning?

But all that was almost secondary to the other test being taken this week, by a fretting Brenda Leigh. I sense big trouble brewing now that she and Fritz have come to sense that they aren't in 100 percent agreement on procreation. And the fact that she is stringing him along with that "maybe" about someday making babies... well, it made Brenda a tad unlikeable to me. But then again, she ruffles everyone's feathers in one way or another.

Moments of the week:

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SPOILER ALERT....HIGHLIGHT TO SEE

Courtesy of: TV GUIDE, ENTERTAINMENT NEWS

The Closer Brings in the Bacon

Playing "Six Degrees... " is about to get an eensy bit easier. Kevin Bacon, the real-life hubby of Kyra Sedgwick, is set to direct the back half of a two-part December special wrapping up the second season of The Closer, TNT announced on Wednesday. The season-ender, airing in December following a brief hiatus for the show, will concern Brenda and Provenza's fight to keep their jobs while on administrative leave.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 07/26/2006 3:17 PM

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

July 31, 2006: Untying the Knot

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

August 7, 2006: The Hypocritical Oath

For a minute there, I thought TNT's The Closer was going to turn over a whole investigation to Daniels and Gabriel, the way the former seized control of the hospital crime scene in this week's episode. Of course, that would have been cool and all, but a glammed-up Brenda Leigh hitting the scene in a little black cocktail dress was a welcome change of a different kind.

I didn't glom on to this week's case as intently as others, if only because I find the whole Munchausen by Proxy thing to have been well covered by prime-time procedurals and even crusty ol' ER. Still, it offered a decent (though chilling) twist to the doctor who faked an artery-stitching simply because he felt the 8-year-old kid would be better served by death than by a fractured life. The epilogue, though, with the mother going vigilante on the doc, was a desperate attempt at a tidy wrap-up, and I could have done without it.

Again, I have to give a shout-out to Detective Tao, who was obviously in his glory rattling off his year's worth of med-school jargon. Give this guy a spin-off! "The Tao of Tao," you could call it, and make Ted McGinley his zany sidekick.

Other moments of the week:

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

August 14, 2006: A Case of "Meth-taken" Identity

My wife works for one of the globe's biggest credit-card services, so believe me when I say I've heard all sorts of stories about identity theft. But leave it to TNT's The Closer to kick it up a notch, weaving a tale in which a mailman's pinching of some preapproved-card offers led to his drug-addict wife being wrongfully targeted for murder.

If the above summary came off as confusing, it's because this week's case was a little generous with the red herrings/false leads, though I had the brother made right from his first scene. I know it's sad and probably true how much ruin that addiction can wreak on a family, but a man looking to put a bullet in his own sister's head? Yikes.

As for the B-story about Pope's divorce/custody proceedings and Brenda's perhaps-damning deposition, I was kind of tuned out save for the cookie-snatching and the final scene, where the always-excellent Ray Wise's high-powered legal eagle made mincemeat out of Mrs. Pope's counsel. Good stuff.

On a side note, this was my first week TiVo-ing The Closer in HDTV, and it was a marked and welcome improvement over my cable supplier's standard-def TNT signal.

PS. Remember the thoughts we exchanged last week about Kyra's apparently spiffed-up on-screen wardrobe? If there were any doubt, get a load of that flirty dress she had on for the final deposition. Farewell, frumpy florals!

Posted by Matt Mitovich 08/14/2006 10:16 PM

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

August 21, 2006: Moving Violations

Maybe it's the NyQuil I'm on, but man was I lost for the better part of this week's The Closer. Thank goodness for the Fallacy of the Talking Killer, in which the lad whose parents wrongly died years ago blabbed in detail about how he exacted revenge on the "coyotes" who led them to their death. And what an interesting shade of Sanchez (and Brenda, for that matter) we saw, as they apparently coached the suspect into confessing so that he might meet up with "the one that got away" and complete his run of vigilantism.

Of course, seeded within Brenda's B-story re: an improperly (meaning not at all) reported black eye of a fender bender was the week's "A-ha" moment, as 24's Agent Pierce traffic officer West put in Brenda's head the idea of roadside shrines. And just in time, too, as I fear that Gabriel wasn't quite filling Tao's shoes. I hate to see the gang incomplete, so hopefully Tao will be back for next week's case. Just two more until the season finale!

I leave you with the exchange that had my wife and I both laughing out loud:

Brenda: You know what a favor is, don't you?

Pope: Yeah, the thing you do when you don't expect anything in return.

Posted by Matt Mitovich 08/21/2006 10:34 PM

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

August 28, 2006: Pope & Faith

The line to witch-slap Estelle Pope forms here. How dare that woman scorned storm Brenda Leigh

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Closer

by Matt Webb Mitovich

September 4, 2006: What a Thing to Do

I got my copy of this "season finale" on Saturday, actually, then went and made the mistake of watching it while on the treadmill at the gym. As if my heart rate weren't up enough when that final showdown in the murder room came along! Sure, I knew "something" was coming

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