The Closer: Season 1
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Meet Deputy Police Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson, the quirky, no-nonsense boss of the elite Priority Homicide Division of the Los Angeles Police Department, played to perfection by Golden Globe winner and Emmy® nominee Kyra Sedgwick. Brought from Atlanta to head up this special unit that handles sensitive, high-profile murder cases, Brenda has world-class interrogation skills, often matching a criminal’s lie with one of her own in order to obtain a confession. Her offbeat attitude and hard-nosed approach can rub her colleagues the wrong way, as does the fact that she is a tough-minded Southern woman in a department dominated by men. The series also stars J.K. Simmons (Juno, Spider-Man films), Corey Reynolds (The Terminal), Robert Gossett (Arlington Road), G.W. Bailey (Police Academy films), Tony Denison (Prison Break) and Jon Tenney (Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World). Catch the critically acclaimed series from the start.]]>
Deputy Police Chief Brenda Johnson (Kyra Sedgwick, Personal Velocity) isn't about making friends, she's about getting results. Days after her transfer from Atlanta, the LAPD's Priority Homicide Division decides they can't work with the blunt-talking Southern belle. Fortunately, she has former CIA colleague, Assistant Police Chief Will Pope (J.K. Simmons, Spider-Man), on her side. As he explains to Captain Taylor (Robert Gossett), who she has just replaced, "She is not miss congeniality...but she's a closer." Set to the sound of urban blues, TNT's The Closer is Columbo by way of Prime Suspect. In other words, Johnson may be as messy as Oscar Madison, but she's as sharp as Sherlock Holmes. Throughout the first season, she'll solve 13 murders, including those of a reclusive mathematician, a Russian prostitute, and a British butler. She won't get much support from her colleagues, except for Sergeant David Gabriel (Corey Reynolds, Broadways Hairspray)--to the consternation of his co-workers, like Detective Lieutenants Provenza (G.W. Bailey, M*A*S*H) and Flynn (Tony Denison, Melrose Place). Johnson also has a friend in FBI Special Agent Fritz Howard (Jon Tenney, You Can Count on Me). With his help, she'll eventually settle into her new environment, especially when she lands a house and a cat on the same day (conveniently left behind by a victim). Just as it takes awhile for the chief to grow on her squad--and to get used to driving in LA--Sedgwick's Golden Globe-nominated performance follows a similar trajectory. Fortunately, "Scarlett O'Hara," as the droll Provenza dubs her, becomes more fully-rounded as the season progresses, aided by a superb SAG Award-nominated ensemble cast. Consulting producer on The Closer is former LA District Attorney Gil Garcetti of O.J. infamy. --Kathleen C. Fennessy
- 13 episodes on four discs
- 22 minutes of unaired scenes
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Ms. Sedgwick captures the essence of us steel magnolias and imbues the character with real personality. The funny thing about the character of Brenda Johnson is that she observes the letter of the white glove manners we were all taught at our mothers' knees, but she fails miserably in observing the spirit of those well-bred manners. In reality, she's as abrupt and irritable as any urban female out there yet she cloaks it behind the smile and utterances of, "thank you very much."
RERUNS HOOKED ME
Since I'd never watched the show before, I found the reruns inspired my curiosity as to how this southern belle ended up in Los Angeles and how the Californians on her team came to accept the seemingly always angry head of Priority Murder. Not to mention how she hooked -- and managed to keep -- such a hottie as Jon Tenney who plays Special Agent Fritz Howard, her love interest.
Thus I broke down and ordered the Season 1 DVD, and it's worth every penny. You've got original stories that are whodunits that keep you guessing. There's great acting by Ms. Sedgwick, Tenney, and a supporting cast made of J. K. Simmons, Corey Reynolds, Raymond Cruz, Robert Gossett, G. W. Bailey, Tony Dennison, Gina Ravera, and Michael Paul Chan.
Brenda Lee Johnson is a great character from her inability to say no to sweets to her obvious manipulations to get what she wants. I've adored Kyra Sedgwick since her role in "Something To Talk About" with Dennis Quaid and Julia Roberts. She was a total hoot in that film. I think she created Brenda Lee Johnson's persona from that same well of female toughness she used in that film to come up with a character who's single-minded and focused and good at really only one thing in life: solving crimes.
Get Season 1 of The Closer, and you'll spend several hours with a complicated crime-solving woman who will delight you with her intelligence, her incongruous southern manners, and her machiavellian maneuvers to get criminals to confess. You'll laugh at her inability to stay away from junkfood or to do anything well that doesn't involve police work.
As Brenda Lee says, "Thank you. Thank you very much."
lot of swear words and there was less violence. We went back last night to watch another episode and they are no longer free
even though I have a prime account. Both very disappointed. Herb
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