The Closer

averyJames Avery has died at the age of 65. The actor is most known for portraying the patriarch and attorney (later judge) Philip Banks, Will Smith’s character’s uncle, in the TV sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. He died at an L.A. hospital on Tuesday, Dec. 31. from complications after open geart surgery.

Avery starred in Fresh Prince with Will Smith from 1990 to 1996. Shortly after his passing, his onscreen son, Alfonso Ribeiro, addressed about the loss via Twitter. Continue reading »

VIBE – Tuesdays from 3 November, 9.30pm

In the second season of “The Closer,” Brenda (Golden Globe® award winner Kyra Sedgwick) copes with challenges both personal and professional. For the Atlanta transplant heading up the Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, her position on this elite detective squad, which handles high-profile cases of a sensitive nature, is a tenuous balancing act. She faces antagonistic roadblocks, even from her own peers within the department, and must manage a team that remains wary of her unconventional style. Meanwhile, she strives to keep her head above water in the rush and mayhem of Los Angeles, finding comfort with FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney, The Division) – or sometimes in a package of snack cakes.

But Brenda’s primary focus is her job. She has an impeccable talent for knowing a person’s secrets and obtaining confessions, with skills that stem from understanding her own quirks, imperfections and neuroses. No matter the personal costs, she does whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if it means alienating others in the LAPD.

This year, Brenda goes through several personal changes at once, as do many of the people around her. Work is a refuge for her, and solving mysteries on the job is an antidote for her inability to do so at home. Brenda’s relationship with Fritz, her love interest who sometimes assists her on investigations, deepens and then is drastically challenged. In addition, more is revealed about the people in Brenda’s squad, including her boss, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons, Juno), with whom she once had an affair.

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They’ll bring you in. She’ll make you talk.

An offbeat personality, a tough-as-nails approach and a track record as one of the country’s leading investigators – these are just a few of the traits exhibited by Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, played by Golden Globe Award winner Kyra Sedgwick (otherwise known as Mrs Kevin Bacon) in her first lead role in a dramatic series. Sedgwick plays a CIA trained detective who has been brought from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up the Priority Murder Squad, a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Brenda is tapped to lead the team because she is a world-class interrogator, and when it comes to obtaining confessions, she is a closer.

When Brenda arrives in Los Angeles, she immediately finds herself thrust into a very different way of life. She struggles to leave past demons behind her while dealing with co-workers who resent the fact that she leapfrogged over many veteran cops to the elevated position of deputy police chief. Her quirky personality and hard-nosed approach to her job immediately rub her colleagues the wrong way, as does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men. Though focused on her career, she’s also trying (somewhat unsuccessfully) to overcome her love of doughnuts, chocolate bars and other snacks and to reignite a personal life that has fallen by the wayside. On the job, Brenda has a great talent for knowing a person’s secrets and obtaining confessions, with skills that stem from understanding her own imperfections and experiences. She does whatever it takes to find out the truth, no matter the personal costs.

DID YOU KNOW?

The Closer is executive produced by the team behind Nip/Tuck.
A second season was ordered just two weeks after the show debuted in the US.
Brenda’s love interest on the show is played by Jon Tenney, who was married to, and has a daughter with, Desperate Housewives star Teri Hatcher.

Friday 17 July, 8.30pm

TV ONE continues with a new season of The Closer, with Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award nominee, Kyra Sedgwick, as CIA-trained Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson – the feminine yet forceful investigator and interrogator with a remarkable talent for trapping criminals in their lies (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

The new season sees the entire cast – twice nominated for an ensemble Screen Actors Guild Award – return. In addition to Sedgwick (The Woodsman), The Closer stars JK Simmons (Spider-Man), Corey Reynolds (The Terminal), Robert Gossett (Arlington Road), GW Bailey (M*A*S*H), Tony Denison (Prison Break), Michael Paul Chan (Arrested Development), Raymond Cruz (Nip/Tuck), Gina Ravera (ER), Phillip P Keene (Home) and Jon Tenney (You Can Count On Me).
A former Atlanta detective brought to Los Angeles to head a special unit of the LAPD that cracks sensitive, high-profile murder cases, Brenda is an expert at digging into a person’s secrets and obtaining confessions – despite constantly struggling with her own imperfections and neuroses. She’s a great liar – as are the killers she interrogates. Yet despite her brilliance as an interrogator, she is hopeless at LAPD politics.

Brenda faces antagonistic roadblocks, even from her peers, and must manage a team that remains wary of her unconventional style. She clashes at times with her fiancé, FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Tenney), and has begun to wonder how much she really knows about the man she is about to marry.

This season The Closer will delve deeper into Brenda’s life, as she faces new challenges, both personally and professionally. “We are going to examine the issue of power, especially how much power we really have over our own lives,” says show creator James Duff. “We live with the illusion that we are in control of our lives.” The drama starts tonight as Brenda tracks an arsonist while a reporter follows her every move.

Griffith Park is a blazing inferno, threatening sections of Los Angeles, Glendale, Burbank and San Mateo. With four people dead and firefighters desperately trying to keep the flames at bay, the Priority Homicide Division is called in to begin an investigation. Things turn ugly when a nemesis of Brenda’s – pyromaniac Bill Croelick (guest star Jason O’Mara, Life On Mars) – enters the scene. To make matters worse, a reporter has been attached to the squad as part of a PR campaign for the LAPD.

Meanwhile on the home front, Fritz and Brenda have moved into a duplex, but the owner doesn’t allow pets. That doesn’t stop Brenda, however, from doing everything she can to keep Kitty under wraps, even if it means fighting with Fritz over the situation.

Friday 5 June, 8.30pm

Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy Award nominee Kyra Sedgwick returns as the feminine yet forceful, offbeat yet indomitable, CIA-trained Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson in The Closer (starting tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

A former Atlanta detective brought to Los Angeles to head a special Los Angeles Police Department unit charged with cracking sensitive, high-profile murder cases. Brenda is an expert at digging into a person’s secrets and obtaining confessions, despite constantly struggling with her own imperfections and neuroses.

Just as Brenda was finding her place in the world, a financial crisis at the LAPD rocked the ground under her feet. Her struggle to solve murders on a budget, while protecting individual members of her squad from layoffs, transfers and early retirements, endangers her friendships, tests her loyalties, and shifts her alliances as she goes about closing each case.

Providing loving support for Brenda, along with occasional investigative assistance, is FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney). Despite his recent decision to move in with Brenda, Fritz finds his devotion to her continually tested by the long hours she spends on the job.

Kyra Sedgwick says she adores her character Brenda. “She’s a huge part of my life now, I give myself over to her for six months of the year. That’s a big chunk of me I’m handing out, so I really better love her, and I really do.”

“She hasn’t become more inward facing and I don’t think she is someone who will ever be self analytical, she’s someone who analyses others very quickly and is incredibly intuitive about others, but not at all intuitive about herself.”

Tonight’s episode sees a young Chinese woman, the owner of a lucrative tour company, found murdered in one of her tour buses. The case comes to Brenda’s squad because the company had been shuttling around a number of high-profile officials from the Chinese government. However, the investigation takes a turn when the detectives uncover salacious details about the backgrounds of some of its employees. Meanwhile, with Brenda working, Fritz is forced to entertain her parents.

Thursday 27 November at 8.30pm

Golden Globe Award-winner Kyra Sedgwick returns as the feminine yet forceful, offbeat yet indomitable, CIA-trained Deputy Chief, Brenda Leigh Johnson, on The Closer.

A former Atlanta detective brought to Los Angeles to head a special Los Angeles Police Department unit charged with cracking sensitive, high-profile murder cases, Brenda is an expert at digging into a person’s secrets and obtaining confessions, despite constantly struggling with her own imperfections and neuroses.

This season brings several new challenges for Brenda. Just as Brenda is finding her place at the LAPD, a financial crisis rocks the ground under her feet. Her struggle to solve murders on a budget – while protecting individual members of her squad from layoffs, transfers and early retirements – endangers her friendships, tests her loyalties and shifts her alliances as she goes about closing each case.

Providing loving support for Brenda, along with occasional investigative assistance, is FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney). Despite his recent decision to move in with Brenda, Fritz finds his devotion to her continually tested by the long hours she spends on the job.

On tonight’s episode, Pope requires Brenda’s busy team to undergo hazardous materials training, interrupting their other duties – much to her irritation. Fritz attempts to help Brenda find a way around the resultant manpower problem, while Brenda interrogates a frightened parking valet with obsessive-compulsive disorder who witnessed the murder of a fitness trainer. The trainer’s less-than-brilliant girlfriend is married to a possessive and easily angered man, but some elements of the crime don’t add up. Meanwhile, Brenda is too busy to cope with disturbing physical symptoms that she initially blames on stress.

I’ve just been watching the Closer on TV One. The opening credits near the beginning of the show are falling off the left of the screen. So “Director” looks like “rector”. “James” looks like “mes”. So is this because I’m watching it on an old analogue TV and it’s broadcast in wide screen? Whatever the reason, it seems pretty poor to me.

The Closer Wednesday 25 July, 8.30pm

‘The Closer’ stars Golden Globe Award-winning actor Kyra Sedgwick (‘The Woodsman’) as deputy chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, who heads up the Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

Transferred from Atlanta to this elite detective squad, which handles high-profile cases of a sensitive nature, Johnson’s position requires a tenuous balancing act – she faces antagonistic roadblocks, even from her own peers within the department, and must manage a team that remains wary of her unconventional style.
Meanwhile, she strives to keep her head above water in the rush and mayhem of Los Angeles, finding comfort with FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney) – or sometimes in a package of snack cakes. But her primary focus is the job. She has an impeccable talent for knowing a person’s secrets and obtaining confessions, with skills that stem from understanding her own quirks, imperfections and neuroses. No matter the personal costs, she does whatever it takes to find out the truth, even if it means alienating others in the LAPD.

Sedgwick told the American TV Guide there is one thing her and her fictional counterpart share: “I’ve always been able to read people pretty well. I can ask the right probing questions and get someone’s life story, get the thing they don’t want to talk about, get everything.”

The 41-year-old says, “The thing I love about Brenda is that she is such a work-in-progress. She’s totally not self-aware. She’s brilliant at analysing other people and their motives and agenda. But her own? Forget about it, she’s just not interested.”

The TV ONE season premiere sees Johnson investigating the death of a paparazzo who appears to have killed himself by jumping from a hotel window. Her team of investigators soon discovers that a popular celebrity was staying at the hotel and may have been the target of the photographer’s prying camera tactics. Meanwhile, Agent Howard has been getting calls from a female colleague at the FBI, stirring up feelings of jealousy in Johnson.

The Closer: The Complete Second Season is released on DVD on May 29, 2007. The four-disc collection features all 14 episodes from the series second season, along with bonus material, and will retail for $39.98 US.

An offbeat personality, a tough-as-nails approach and a track record as one of the countrys leading investigators these are just a few of the traits exhibited by televisions next great detective, Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, played by Golden Globe Award-winner and Emmy nominee Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer.

In her first lead role in a dramatic series, Sedgwick plays a CIA-trained detective who has been brought from Atlanta to Los Angeles to head up the Priority Murder Squad, a special unit of the LAPD that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases.

Brenda is tapped to lead the team because she is a world-class interrogator, and when it comes to obtaining confessions, she is a closer. But her quirky attitude and hard-nosed approach to her job sometimes rub her colleagues the wrong way, as does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men.

In the second season, challenges both personal and professional await Brenda, as her relationship with Fritz (Jon Tenney) elevates to a whole new level, her mom (Frances Sternhagen, ER, Sex and the City) comes to visit, and Kyra Sedgwicks real-life husband Kevin Bacon directs her in the season finale.

Additional guest stars throughout the season include John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, The Nine), Ray Wise (24, Twin Peaks), James Patrick Stuart (CSI, Andy Richter Controls the Universe), Debra Mooney (Everwood, The Practice), William Daniels (Boy Meets World, Knight Rider) and more.

Bonus features on the DVD set include the featurette, Breaking Down the Closer, a gag reel and deleted scenes.

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Check out this hot new photo of Wentworth Miller for a new GAP advertisement in the US wearing khaki.

In fact, GAP are bringing out a series of ads with different TV celebs, including Chris Brown (who is on the final season of The OC), Chris O’Donnell (Finn in Grey’s Anatomy), Daniel Dae Kim (Jin from Lost) and Kyra Sedgwick (from Brenda from The Closer).

Via Televisionista.