‘The Closer’ Gets Extended Final Season, Possible Spin-Off

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TNT’s crime drama The Closer is preparing its final season for air this summer, but it looks like the door may be left open when it goes. In addition to an extra six episodes extending into the summer of 2012, the cable network may be preparing a spin-off focusing on the judicial side of law and order.

Series producer and star Kyra Sedgwick previously announced that The Closer‘s 7th season would be its last. This was quickly followed by rumors of a super-sized final season, which have now been confirmed. The series has had an excellent run on TNT, easily becoming its most-watched series ever and regularly winning its time slot opposite other cable crime dramas.

The extra room will give The Closer season 7  a total of 21 episodes, a large extension for a series with a standard 15-episode arc. Rumor has it that the extra time is being put in place to build up for a spin-off series, tentatively titled Major Crimes (the fictional division of the LAPD that The Closer focuses on).

Whether or not a second series is created, it’s unlikely that Sedgwick or her character Deputy Chief Johnson will play a major role. The new series would focus on criminals that make deals with prosecutors for lesser sentences, assuring convictions or further aiding other investigations. The compromises inherent in the system will try the patience of Chief Johnson, and may become the catalyst for her departure. A new central character would probably be created for Major Crimes.

Extending the series and creating a franchise makes a lot of sense for TNT. The Closer is one of the most-watched scripted shows on cable, and not undeservedly so. Moving into a multi-series format reminiscent of Law & Order or the various flavors of CSI could be a lucrative and audience-pleasing move. TNT’s newer crime procedurals, gritty cop show Southland and the more light-hearted Rizzoli & Isles, have seen generally favorable audience and critical reaction, but The Closer remains their flagship. Major Crimes could be a great place for the characters that have been painstakingly developed over the last six seasons – Chief Pope (J. K. Simmons) and Sergeant Gabriel (Corey Reynolds) seem like natural choices to make the jump.

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Series regulars J.K. Simmons and Corey Reynolds would make good choices for continuing cast members.

As a fan of the series, I’m actually very satisfied that it’s ending in a decisive fashion. Creating a second series seems like a good way to capitalize on The Closer‘s well-developed world of Los Angeles crime and politics without stretching the show out past its due date.

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The Closer returns to TNT for its final season this summer.

Source: Entertainment Weekly

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  1. I am sorry to see the Closer end as it is one of my favorite shows. Will look forward to watching the spin-off Major Crimes. When do the last 6 episodes air

  2. I will so miss The Closer, such a great show. And I don’t know if anyone can replaced deputy chief Brenda Lee Johnson. Big shoes to fill. If they do a spin-off, I hope they keep the same cast members.

  3. What ever happened to the hints in the storyline that there is a leak in the Major Crimes division of the LAPD? I hope they don’t leave that dangling out there.

  4. The Closer is the best drama on televison. I love the chacters. The actors are the best. I hope the same actors will be in the new spin off. I will watch all of the reruns of The Closer. I hate to see great shows come to an end.

  5. I will miss this show I have watched it from day one and hate they have to go , when you like a show they take it off the air

  6. Would like to see Capitain Rader take over Major Crimes, she even said internal affairs was only way to get promoted and since episode when she shot suspect with bean bag shotgun it seems to me the closer team would be better to have someone they now respect.

    • Your going to get your wish. Captain Raydor will lead the team in the new spin off series of The Closer called Major Crimes to premiere later this year.

  7. the closer and its cast have accumulated dynamic ratings, in as much, it is a major crime to the audience who identify with the show and the cast, leave well enough alone and allow good drama television to continue coming into out homes and lives.

  8. The series is one of the best. I feel Kyra Sedgwick is the best actress that I have seen in any movie or series.

    It is a shame that we will not have the opportunity to see Kyra and team do their job in the year’s to come. It is hard to find people like Kyra and the Major Crime’s actors keep this series as an example of how acting should
    be.

    My family and I will miss Yall. Greatest series ever, wish you would continue the series.

    We need more real acting like The Closer.

  9. What date does the closer begin

  10. I AM SO SAD TO SEE THE CLOSER END…I DVR EACH EPISODE AND WATCH THEM ALL THE TIME…MY HUSBAND THINKS I WATCH IT TOO MUCH…I WILL MISS ALL THE CHARACTERS…I HOPE THE “FLYNN AND PROVENZA” SHOW WILL COME BACK IN ANOTHER FORM; THEY ARE TOO FUNNY!!!!

    THANKS FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT AND GOOD LUCK TO ALL

  11. The Closer is one of my favorite shows out there, I love it , love it, love it will miss it greatly I make sure my dvr is set don’t want to miss anything. The sound of a spin off makes me smile because I just know that I will enjoy it.

  12. I too am so very sorry to see The Closer come to an end. Kyra Sedgwick (Deputy Chief Johnson) and her Team of Law Enforcement Officers are the best actors on the planet. Kyra has created the most original and well defined characters in this stellar crime drama. The series highlights what “true Detective and Police Work” should, in reality, be all about!!

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