The King of Scoop, Michael Ausiello is reporting that talks are in place to keep the Closer going even if Kyra Sedgwick steps down from her Emmy winning role of Brenda Leigh Johnson.
Sounds like there are a few ways the series could go. They could add some more episodes to Season 7 (going from 15-21) or running the Closer without Kyra and possibly a new lead (some people have suggested Mary McDonnell’s Captain Rader) or possibly launching a spinoff with many of the current characters. Either way, unless some miracle happens, Kyra Sedgwick will not be part of the Closer after Season 7, which producers have already announced will be her last.
I completely understand TNT wanting to do everything they can to keep the highest rated cable show on the air as long as they can. I just don’t see how you have “The Closer” without Kyra Sedgwick. You can’t have the Closer with Captain Rader. She’s IA, that’s not her job. Brenda was brought in to the LAPD from Atlanta (and the show was created) because she was the best cop around who could “close the deal” and get the confession when many other people couldn’t. So now a cop from IA is going to be able to do just what she could? I don’t think so. It belittles the whole premise of the show and Brenda’s character.
Luckily, as much as Kyra/Brenda is the show, the other characters have become very beloved and are incredibly likable, that they can do a “spinoff” with the cast. It would be tough to do the whole cast because you can call the show whatever you want…”Major Crimes” “The Crew” or whatever, but you will still see the show as the Closer without Brenda. I would watch a spinoff of Provenza and Flynn. And hopefully they would have Sgt Gabriel and Det Sanchez go with them. Maybe Lt Tao. However, if you are going to keep the whole cast, I could see a new cast member coming in as the chief of Major Crimes and keeping the Closer as is with a new lead. I would like to see Captain Rader stay, because I love Mary McDonnell and her character but she couldn’t lead Major Crimes. She would never get the team’s support because there is too much bad blood there. They have to bring in someone new. I just don’t know how that would fly because they would have HUGE shoes to fill.
I’m torn about how I feel about this. Part of me is thrilled because I love this show. But, I big reason why I love this show is Brenda and relationships with her division and her chemistry with the cast. Will the Closer be the Closer without Brenda? I don’t think so. So the other part of me says, let the Closer go with Kyra leaving, and end the show while it is on top. As for spinning off, I’m torn about that as well. As much as I love Flynn and Provenza, I don’t know if I can watch a whole show with them as the leads. I probably could because they are awesome but can they carry their own show? I don’t know. I’m still praying for a miracle and hope that they can somehow convince Kyra Sedgwick to keep going with the series, but that is highly unlikely.
So what do you think? Are you happy to see the Closer possibly returning? Would you watch the Closer without Brenda? Would you watch a spinoff? Sound off below!